How To Save Money And The Environment Through LED Lighting

- Oct 15, 2020-

What made 570 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions reduced in 2017? It's not a wind farm, or a lot of new solar panels. This is just the result of constant conversion to LED lighting.


As LED prices fall, you should seriously consider making changes, because this is not just a contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This is how LEDs outperform other forms of lighting.


Halogen and LED lights


Pick up the humble halogen downlight and compare it to the versatile LED competitors. Halogen bulbs can last 1,000 to 2,000 hours on average, and the amount of light emitted gradually decreases. After 50,000 hours, the LED downlight still produces at least 70% of its lumen output. This is about 20 years of average usage time. In terms of energy use, the contrast is even higher.


LED lamps use 85% less electricity than halogen lamps. This means you can pay 85% less to run them. Usually a 7.5 watt LED is used instead of a 50 watt halogen bulb. This is the same amount of light emitted with only a small amount of power. How is the quality of the lamp? In the early days of LEDs, this was its Achilles’ heel, but the performance of LEDs on the color rendering index (a way of determining how "natural" colors appear under light) is now equivalent to conventional lighting.


What is color temperature?


Even better, LED downlights have a variety of color temperature options-this is how the light appears "warm" or "cool". You can choose which room you want to place them in, from a warm incandescent light effect to a cool fluorescent style.


The three color temperatures are: cool white (6500K), neutral white (3500K) and warm white (2700K). Typical household incandescent bulbs range from 2700K to 300K. Therefore, if you want to maintain the same lighting environment as existing incandescent lamps, the clear choice of LED color temperature is between warm white and neutral white.


Replacing halogens with LEDs is easy


If your downlights have been plugged into the ceiling socket, replacing them with LED downlights is as easy as taking out the old and new bulbs. If your downlight hole is too large to replace the LED downlight, you can even use an adapter plate. Otherwise, you will need an electrician to plug in some sockets. This is where another advantage of LED lights is obvious. They are not as hot as halogens and can be covered by insulating layers.


LED tube performance is better than fluorescent lamp, no danger


The running cost of LED is about half cheaper than fluorescent lamp. If you want, you can keep the old accessories and put in replacement LED tubes. The advantage of this is that the LED tube is made of stronger plastic. Anyone who breaks fragile glass fluorescent tubes with a ladder and has to clean up toxic garbage will appreciate this difference. Another disadvantage of fluorescent lamps is that they contain mercury.


The danger caused by tiny amounts of fluorescent tubes is negligible, but these tiny amounts of tubes will accumulate in the landfill, which means you can’t just throw the broken tubes into the trash. And you often encounter failed fluorescent tubes. It is even recommended that you replace them in a few years, because their performance will decrease. They used to be the light of choice for aquariums etc., but those days are long gone.


LED has more benefits


The key is versatility. The LED turns on and off instantly without draining the chip. With LED lights, you will not flicker like fluorescent lights, nor will you warm up like halogen lights. This means that LED illuminators can be used for various forms of smart sensors and innovations. You can even buy LEDs whose color can be changed to suit the time of day or the mood of your room.


Smart home and smart lighting with LED


Some LED lights are so-called "smart lights" that can be controlled by your phone and have other functions built in so that they can be used with various smart home devices. These are more expensive than other LEDs.


There are two types. One requires a hub to connect to your home Wi-Fi network, while the other does not. The types of bulbs used with hubs are usually smaller and cheaper than those with Wi-Fi capabilities. The disadvantage is that it takes longer to set up because you have to connect the hub or bridge to the Wi-Fi router, and then link the smart LED to the hub. For rooms that require multiple downlights, it is best to use smart light switches.


Therefore, if the lighting you want to run is 85% cheaper and more beneficial to the environment, and your phone or even the sound will change color or dim, you can't exceed the LED. If you want to upgrade or replace the existing lights, LED lights are the best choice.