LEDs, or light-emitting diodes, are a form of solid-state lighting that is a must for those needing a lightbulb that exudes efficiency and as well as being long-lasting. Typically, many people turn to  incandescent and fluorescent lighting solutions. While these may be a cheaper alternative, there are obvious negative aspects of adopting this kind of lighting solution. Incandescent and fluorescent lighting consists of filaments in glass bulbs or bulbs. Usually, these contain gases and toxic materials, meaning that, in short, they lack longevity and are not a green solution. After all, protecting the environment and reducing our carbon footprint should be at the forefront of everyone’s mind. Consider the LED bulb as your part towards ethical consumerism.

The LED bulb has been in use since 1961 and has been steadily used in everyday lighting solutions ever since. The humble LED is not a new invention and some could even argue that the LED is a household name, but it seems that not everyone is au fait with their obvious advantages. With this in mind, think about where you last saw a LED bulb. You may have these in your home, or seen them in your friends and family’s home too, they are quickly becoming a permanent fixture in homes and commercial properties across the world. For good reason too, and this article will look at the advantages of using LED lights in the home and how they use electricity and can potentially save you quite a bit when it comes to the costs of lighting your home.

The Advantages of LED Light Bulbs:

Reduced energy use:

The LED light bulb does not get as hot as traditional light bulbs and this is because the LED method of producing light actually loses far less of its energy to heat. It is therefore far more efficient than the traditional method used within incandescent bulbs. The statistics are quite astounding; the LED light bulb is around 85% more
efficient than its incandescent cousins.

Energy consumption:

The traditional incandescent light bulb consumers about 525 kWh of electricity in a standard 60-watt bulb each year. If you compare this to a LED light bulb, in the same light fixture, the consumption is about 65 kWh for the year. Again, the proof is in the statistics. If you want to learn more about the different types of LED light bulbs, visit www.wattlite.co.uk for more information on how LED light bulbs can be used in the
home.

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So, now you know that the LED
light bulb is incredibly efficient when compared against the traditional incandescent light bulbs that are still littered in your home. However, the energy efficiency within the LED light bulb is just one way in which these are comparably better.

Flexibility of Design:

The great thing about LED lights is that they can be manipulated into any shape, this seemingly useless fact suddenly becomes useful when you consider light installations and art. Due to their ability to dim, you can create stunning dynamic light displays, giving your complete control over the light itself, distribution and colour. As well as this, their ability to disperse light means that they are the ultimate way of achieving flexible lighting solutions.

It is time to look at time-efficiency.

Time-efficiency:

Did you know that you could go about 20 years before you would have to replace an LED light bulb? This is because solid-state lights, like LEDs, are a more stable light source especially when compared to fluorescent or our traditional incandescent light bulbs. If an LED light bulb and a incandescent light bulb when head to head in the same house, then you would typically receive about 750 worth of light from an incandescent bulb, where as you would receive about 30,000 hours from an LED bulb.

Ecologically Friendly:

If saving the environment is your deal, then investing in LED bulbs is surely the right move to make. LED lights are completely devoid of toxic chemicals. Whilst most modern and conventional light bulbs contain toxic materials, such as mercury for example, the humble LED light bulb has none. As they contain no toxic materials, they are safe to recycle and due to their longevity, you will not have to replace them as you would with an incandescent light bulb. The great thing is, is that they are completely green. The future is bright. The future is green efficiency.

Durability:

While the LED light may be small, it sure if mighty. The simple LED bulb is incredibly durable due to the components that is used to build it. As the components within the LED are incredibly rugged, they are tested under tough conditions. Their ability to withstand rough treatment means that they are perfect for home use. More importantly, LED lights are shock resistant and versatile enough to avoid external impacts. This is particularly useful for those wishing to use LED lights outdoors. Exposure to harsh weather conditions, such as wind and rain, will not deter the LED. The little LED is also incredibly durable in extreme temperatures and is completely operational. In incandescent light bulbs, functionality can be impaired by increased or decreased temperatures, while the humble LED continues to do its thing.

Now, let’s take a look at how this works out financially. Does using an LED bulb save you money?

LED light bulbs are a big investment;they cost much more than a traditional incandescent bulb will, or even a fluorescent bulb. So, if you are going to choose to light your home more
efficiently you will have to make a significant investment up-front. However, after this investment you will end up saving money in the long run. As an LED light bulb uses less
electricity and lasts a lot longer you will only have to change your LED light bulb once every decade or so, whilst you will see a reduction in your monthly electricity bill.  If you can afford the initial outlay, then the LED light bulb should have a bigger presence in any home.