Monday 13 April 2020

Reasons to switch to LED lighting

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One home feature that has a big impact on the look and feel of a room is lighting. Similar to how the colours, textures, fixtures, fittings, furniture and accessories in a room can change the style and feel of a room, the amount and types of lighting in a room can drastically change the room.

The lighting fixture that you choose not only provides functionality by lighting up a room but it is also a feature in it’s own right. The style of the lighting fixture helps create the room’s look - a minimalistic fixture can help create a modern, minimalist style or an ornate lamp with stained glass can be a statement piece and work well in a traditional or shabby chic styled room.

The type of light fitting also matters. In fact the lights in a room can impact on the feel of a room. A room with plenty of lights or bright lights can make a room feel bright and fresh or too cold and stark whilst a room with minimal lights can create either a cosy atmosphere or make the room feel dark and dingy. 

When thinking about a room’s lighting one of the decisions you have to make is what type of lighting do you want. There are a number of options available on the market with one popular option being LED lighting.

In recent years, thanks to improved technology and the ban of incandescent bulbs followed by a ban on halogen bulbs the popularity of LED bulbs has increased with plenty of LED suppliers in the UK available to source the perfect LED lighting for your home.

As LED bulbs are a popular lighting option here we look at a few key benefits of switching to LED lighting.

Energy Efficiency
LED light bulbs are renowned for their energy efficiency.

Amazingly LED light bulbs use up to 90% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs and up to 50% less energy than standard fluorescent or halogen alternatives. Therefore using LED light bulbs can help you reduce your energy use. 

The way in which LED bulbs are designed – hemispherically rather than spherically like standard halogen bulbs – means that all the light is emitted in the correct direction and no light is wasted.

As LED lights don’t have a filament or glass housing, they are fairly resistant to breakages. The circuit board on which the light is mounted is very durable. Plus the plastic casing of the LED bulb is much stronger than glass used in traditional bulbs. 

The durability of LED light bulbs mean they can withstand big changes in temperature conditions which makes them ideal for a variety of rooms.

As LED lights are more durable do not use filaments that are used in traditional bulbs that are brittle, they last longer than and are more reliable than traditional bulbs.

Extended Life
Traditional light bulbs have a short lifespan, typically burning out after approximately 1000 hours. As LEDs don’t burn out, simply dimming over time, the lifespan of LED light bulbs can be up to 25 times longer than traditional bulbs. 

This longer lifespan not only means you will not have to change your light bulbs as frequently as you would have when using traditional bulbs but it also means you will spend less on light bulbs in the long run saving you time and money.

Money saving
Not only are LEDs improved sustainable lighting solutions they also boast money saving benefits.

As LED lights are energy efficient they help lower energy bills plus as they last longer you don’t have to change them as often saving money on buying light bulbs.

LEDs are the new and improved sustainable lighting solutions of choice, and there are many benefits of having them. As they lower your energy bills and are an all-round safer, they last longer and a more reliable option, you’re bound to reap the rewards from making the switch to LEDs. 

Traditional halogen/incandescent light bulbs emit a large amount of heat which is not only a waste of energy but also a safety hazard with the high levels of heat commonly causing fires. Thankfully LED lights emit virtually no heat with a design that limits the chance of overheating and all power is transferred into visible light making them not only energy efficient but also safer.

Environmentally friendly
LED light bulbs boast environmental benefits. They have a smaller negative environmental impact compared to traditional bulbs - an impressive 4 times less. They are also 100% more recyclable thanks to the fact that they are pollutant free with no lead, mercury, glass or toxic materials.

Better for health
As traditional lights have a tendency to flicker this artificial light increases the occurrence of headaches and migraines. Because LED lights are a constant light that does not flicker they help reduce the number of headaches caused by artificial light.

Also as LED lights are the closest alternative to natural light they can help decrease stress and anxiety especially compared to when in a space where there is artificial light that does not mimic natural light.

In conclusion switching to LED lights is a wise choice as they are not only good for your finances but they are also safer and better for the environment.

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