Advances in LED Technology Make Energy Efficient Lighting More Affordable
As the world moves forward into a more sustainable way of living and working, you can expect to start seeing LEDs taking over the lighting space and replacing the remaining CFL lights. The primary reasons we have not seen LED's dominate the market completely as yet are that the first generation of LED light bulbs had narrow light beams, and that the market prices were initially too high.
What we are seeing now is these issues being addressed through the latest advances in LED technology. The second generation or LED lamps use clusters of LED pre cut chips grouped together. These are known as 'SMD's' or surface mounted diodes. With this type of lamp it means that light beams are no longer as narrow or focused as they were previously. Mounted diffuser lenses distribute light more evenly over bigger areas. And, to sweeten things even more, the advances in manufacturing are dropping the average prices too.
The latest genration of LED Lamps use COB or 'Chip on Board' technology, others are using the new filament technology that gives the effect of an incancdescent. We will touch more on these two types of lamps in later articles.
The Performance Levels of LEDs, CFLs and Incandescent Lights
When we compare light bulb performance levels the average lifespan of an LED far surpasses those of incandescent lights and CFLs. The average lifespan of an LED light is 50,000 hours, a CFL gives you up to 10,000 hours and an incandescent / halogen just 1200 hours.
Where LEDs encounter some resistance is pricing. The average LED costs £8.98 whereas a CFL and incandescent are priced at £2.98 and £1.25 respectively. However, if you consider how much longer they last, you would use 6 CFLs and 50 incandescent lights, but only one LED light over the same time frame.
When it comes to energy usage, LEDs will make a noticeable difference, requiring only 10 watts per 60W bulb, compared to 14 watts for a CFL and 60W for an incandescent light bulb.
LEDs Light Bulbs Are Multipurpose
The variety of different bulbs also means that every light source in the home has a more energy efficient equivalent. LEDs are available as wall and ceiling lights, strip lights and dimmable lights, so you can still create the perfect ambience with subtle lighting.
Practical Reasons to Convert to LED Bulbs
LEDs are a lot more durable than their traditional counterparts. They are not sensitive to humidity or temperature fluctuations, making them just as effective indoors as they are outdoors. They also switch on and off straight away and do not emit any heat. Unlike CFLs, which contain a small amount of mercury, LEDs are not produced with any hazardous material so they are safe to have around the home (even if broken) and they are safe dispose of.
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