Sustainability needs to be at the top of the agenda for any organisation. Global warming and climate change are serious environmental concerns that are impacted by carbon emissions that are a result of generating power by burning fossil fuels. Additionally, the disposal of light bulbs can also have an impact on land degradation in the environment. Savewise shares the following considerations for making the switch to LED lights.
LED replacement bulbs don’t have mercury.
One of the environmental benefits that LED bulbs present is that they don’t contain any mercury. Millions of disposed lamps end up in landfill sites every year. As lamps degrade, their mineral deposits will seep into the ground. Those lamps that contain mercury can potentially contaminate the ground and waterways, affecting the local ecosystem.
LED light bulbs don’t lose their energy to heat like their incandescent counterparts.
Traditional light bulbs like incandescent bulbs would emit light, however they would lose up to 90% of the consumed energy as heat. The engineering design behind LED lights uses the total amount of energy to emit light.
LED lights are known not to project UV rays.
LED light bulbs don’t emit any light in the non-visible light spectrum (UV). UV or infrared light is the leading source of eye-strain and eye-fatigue. It is also known to cause colour fades in fabrics and signage.
LED bulbs last longer.
LED light bulbs are known to last for over 50,000 hours, whereas other bulbs such as T8 fluorescent lamps will last for 14,400 hours. Even though the cost of LED light bulbs might be slightly higher, they last longer, thus reducing the long-term maintenance cost for replacing the bulb.
LED is a directional light source.
LED bulbs emit a 110-degree pattern. The benefit of this is that all of the light that is emitted by the LED light is focused on the 110-degree area, thus illuminating the space better for brightness, tasks and aesthetics. Bulbs that emit 360 degrees waste light because it shines on areas that aren’t the intended targets, such as walls and ceilings.
LED lights don’t affect the room’s temperature.
We mentioned earlier that incandescent lights waste up to 90% of electricity in the form of heat. This extra heat affects the space which could further impact heating and cooling bills. LED light bulbs don’t emit heat and if you actually touch the outside of the lamp while it is on, you will notice that it is cool.
These are 5 interesting reasons to consider switching to LED lightbulbs. Find out more from an LED lighting specialist at Savewise.