Long lifetime stands out as the number one benefit of LED lights. LED bulbs and diodes have an outstanding operational lifetime expectation of 20,000 - 50.000 hours. This is 5 years of continuous operation or 10-11 years of 50% operation. If you leave a LED fixture switched on for 8 hours per day, it would take around 20 years before you would have to replace the LED bulb.
LED’s are greatly different to standard lighting: They don’t really burn out and suddenly stop working like a standard light bulb, the lighting diodes emit lower output levels over a very long period of time and therefore become less bright.
2. Energy Efficiency
LED's are today's most efficient way of illumination and lighting, with an estimated energy efficiency of 80%-90% when compared to traditional lighting and conventional light bulbs. This means that about 80% of the electrical energy is converted to light, while approximately 20% is lost and converted into other forms of energy such as heat.
With traditional incandescent light bulbs which operate at only 20% energy efficiency, 80% of the electricity is lost as heat. Imagine the following scenario:
If you use traditional lighting and have an electricity bill of e.g €100, then €80 of that money has been used to heat the room, not to light it! Using LED illumination with 80% efficiency, the electricity costs would be around €20 and you’d have saved around €80.
The long operational lifetime acts as a multiplier and therefore helps achieve even more energy efficiency, especially when used in large scale urban infrastructure projects, such as cities, railroads, and airports.
Think of, for example), an airport using energy efficient LED lighting exclusively and achieving a 30% power consumption reduction in comparison with an airport using conventional lighting technology.
Also, think of all the work and energy it would take to purchase, stock and change the conventional light bulbs of an airport - you’ll see that you can make significant energy savings also when it comes to maintenance and replacement due to the long operational lifetimes of LED lighting.
3. Ecologically Friendly
LED lights are free of toxic chemicals. Most conventional fluorescent lighting bulbs contain a multitude of materials, such as mercury, that are very dangerous to the environment.
LED lights contain no toxic materials and are 100% recyclable, and will help you to reduce your carbon footprint by up to a one-third. The long operational lifetime span mentioned above means also that one LED light bulb can save material and production of the equivalent of 25 incandescent light bulbs. A big step towards a greener future!
4. Durable Quality
LEDs are extremely durable and built with sturdy components that are highly rugged and can withstand even the toughest conditions.
Because LED lights are resistant to shock, vibrations and external impacts, they make great outdoor lighting systems for rough conditions and exposure to weather, wind, rain or even external vandalism. They are therefore suitable for traffic related public exposure and construction or manufacturing sites.
5. Zero UV Emissions
LED illumination produces little infrared light and close to no UV emissions.
Because of this, LED lighting is highly suitable for goods and materials that are sensitive to heat due to the benefit of little radiated heat emission. They are also ideal for illumination of UV sensitive objects or materials such as in museums, art galleries, archeological sites etc.
6. Design Flexibility
LEDs can be combined in any shape to produce highly efficient illumination. Individual LEDs can be dimmed, resulting in a dynamic control of light, color and distribution. Well-designed LED illumination systems can achieve fantastic lighting effects, not only for the eye but also for the mood and the mind.
LED mood illumination is already being used in airplanes, classrooms and many more locations and we can expect to see a lot more LED mood illumination in our daily lives within the next few years.
7. Operational in Extremely Cold or Hot Temperatures
LED are ideal for operation in cold and low outdoor temperature settings. For fluorescent lamps, low temperatures may affect operation and present a challenge, but LED illumination operates perfectly well in cold settings, such as outdoor winter settings, freezer rooms etc.
8. Light Dispersement
LED is designed to focus its light and can be directed to a specific location without the use of an external reflector, achieving a higher application efficiency than conventional lighting. Well-designed LED illumination systems are able to deliver light more efficiently to the desired location.
9. Instant Lighting
LED lights brighten up immediately when powered on, which has great advantages for infrastructure projects such as e.g traffic and signal lights.
A low-voltage power supply is sufficient for LED illumination. This makes it easy to use LED lighting also in outdoor settings, by connecting an external solar-energy source and is a big advantage when it comes to using LED technology in remote or rural areas.
11. No IR Emissions
Less than 10 percent of the power used by incandescent lamps is converted to visible light and the majority of the power is converted into infrared (IR) or radiated heat. Excessive heat and ultraviolet radiation (UV) presents a large hazard to people and materials. LEDs emit virtually no IR or UV increasing their overall reliability.
12. Low Voltage
A low voltage power supply is perfectly adequate to run a LED light. In some cases LED's are even able to run on low voltage external solar energy sources, as a result, making them ideal for outdoor use.
13. A Wide Range of Colors
In contrast to fluorescent lighting tubes, which generally produce a cold, white and unattractive light, LED's are changeable to a vast array of colors allowing them to be easily used in a wide range of situations.
14. Frequent Switching
Also, LED lights can be switched off and on frequently without affecting the LED’s lifetime or light emission. In contrast, traditional lighting may take several seconds to reach full brightness, and frequent on/off switching does drastically reduce operational life expectancy.
Did these top 14 benefits of LED lighting convince you? LED lighting has, even more, benefits and advantages, so make sure you go LED and save both the planet - and your money!