LEDs, or light-emitting diodes, are fast becoming the globe’s number one lighting choice. From traffic lights, vehicle brake lights, street lights and TVs, LEDs are now used in so many applications because of their unique characteristics. They’re compact in size, very low maintenance and durable, as well as providing immense energy saving benefits, money saving benefits and environmental benefits.
For these reasons, LEDs have been hailed as the future of home lighting. People the world over are turning to them to light their living rooms and more. Let’s take a look at the reasons why LEDs are becoming the number one lighting solution…
Low energy, low bills
The energy saving benefits of LEDs are probably the main driver for people making the switch to LEDs. With low energy usage, the financial savings and environmental benefits follow naturally. LEDs can be around 6 to 7 times more energy efficient than conventional incandescent bulbs, cutting energy use by up to an impressive 80% and lighting costs by potentially 90% – an attractive notion for any bill-payer.
But what is it about LEDs that make them so efficient? The main reason is that they pass electrons through a semiconductor and subsequently have no filament to wear out. This means that they don’t get as hot, as opposed to traditional lighting that loses almost 95% of its energy simply by producing heat. With LEDs, this figure drops to just 5%. This also makes their lifespan a lot longer and they are incredibly durable, meaning maintenance costs are next to nothing and you won’t be changing bulbs every few months!
Keep calm & switch to LEDs
We’re exposed to many different kinds of lighting everyday and you may not realise it, but lighting can significantly affect our wellbeing – both negatively and positively. Artificial lighting can play havoc with our eyes, but there is a lot of research and evidence to suggest that LEDs are the best closest alternative to natural light and can have a positive impact on our health and wellbeing, decreasing our stress and anxiety and keeping us awake and alert when we need to be.
Obviously nothing beats natural light – it stimulates Serotonin which lifts our mood, Cortisol which boosts our energy levels, and sunlight also releases alpha-Amylase which is an important digestive enzyme. The reality is however, that 90% of us spend our waking hours indoors – usually at work during the day and at home at night, therefore missing out on that all important natural light.
Amazingly, LEDs are able to balance our 24 hour internal clock that runs in the background of our brain, differentiating between night and day and sleepiness and alertness. This is called our circadian rhythm, and lighting with certain blue wavelengths, such as LEDs, are known to mimic the stimulus provided by natural light to promote the health of this process. We strive for everything in our home to make our lives as easy and comfortable as possible and LEDs tick every box in this sense, making them the ideal lighting solution for any home.
Perhaps you are now wondering how much energy and money you could save by switching to LEDs in your home… INUI can help you get an idea of your potential savings with their LED lighting calculator. Let’s say for example that in your home, you have 8 lamps all at 40 wattage. Based on a typical £0.1 kilowatt per hour, your existing electricity consumption stands at 2.576 kWh, leaving your running costs per year at £94.02. By switching to LED lighting, your new electricity consumption, (based on an 80% reduction over your current lighting installation wattage required for domestic use), would be 0.52 kWh, with your running costs at a much lower £18.80. As a result, your total annual savings would be an impressive £75.22, with your CO2 emissions savings left at 323.44 (based on a conversation factor of 0.43kgCO2/kWh).
Need anymore persuading? Try out INUI’s LED lighting calculator for yourself and work out how much you could be saving!