According to the U.S. Department of Energy, LED (light emitting diode) light bulbs are the best thing to come along since electricity itself. While the LED has only gained popular acceptance in the last few years, it has taken far longer than that to bring LED technology into the mainstream.
In this post, learn about seven new and innovative ways that LED light bulbs are helping to preserve the environment and save the planet.
Way 1: LED light bulbs use SSL technology, which is one of the top energy saving options available today.
SSL, or solid state lighting, has demonstrated the capacity to save the nation and each person up to 75 percent in energy use. The source of such high energy savings comes from how energy is used and released.
Old school incandescent bulbs were measured and shown to release up to 90 percent of the energy they produced in the form of heat (which is why your parents probably taught you never to touch a lit light bulb!). But LED bulbs release hardly any of their energy as heat, meaning it all gets used to generate light.
Way 2: LED bulbs can last for up to 25,000 hours before needing to be replaced.
“Because LED bulbs are so efficient in their production and use of energy, they require replacement only infrequently,” said Patriot Tube. Even if a LED bulb was left on 24/7, it would take approximately three years for it to need replacement.
Way 3: LEDs do not use mercury to generate light.
Mercury, which used to be commonly found in everything from light bulbs to thermometers to dental fillings, is now known to be toxic to humans. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), mercury exposure can happen through inhalation, skin contact or ingestion. Once exposure has occurred, toxicity may manifest on any number of levels, including cognitive impairment, nerve damage and organ damage.
While mercury itself is a naturally occurring mineral, this doesn’t make it safe. It is particularly dangerous for developing fetuses and infants. For this reason, today’s light bulbs contain no mercury. This is good for people and for the planet.
Way 4: LED lights emit less light with better results.
One LED bulb could be considered the equivalent of two or even three incandescent light bulbs, on account of how efficient and even a LED bulb’s light distribution pattern is. This means that it is possible to install and power fewer light fixtures to get the same or even better lighting.
It is easy to see how there is a great opportunity to save on energy use and costs both for lighting and for cooling (since old school incandescent bulbs emitted enough heat energy to heat nearby air sources).
Way 5: Reduced need for light fixtures and bulb replacements equates to less need for packaging and shipping, which lowers carbon emissions.
LED lights are so efficient and long-lasting that (as Way 2 here points out) they need to be replaced only infrequently.
This means that overall, the lighting industry will need to produce fewer packaging products and expend less fuel and energy on transportation and shipping than has been necessary in the past. This lessening need will also lower carbon emission and keep more packaging out of landfills.
Way 6: LED lights perform much better in extreme conditions.
Extremely high or low temperatures and extreme weather is no problem for today’s LED light bulbs. They are very durable and sturdy, which means they can be transported largely without breakage and will keep on working through storms, snow and heat waves.
Way 7: LED light bulbs respond to frequent on/off changes very well.
With the advent of LED bulbs, it is now possible to save more money by turning off room lights or using motion sensor activation technology without impacting the bulb’s performance or life span. They power down instantly and power up just as quickly.
LED bulbs are clearly just the light bulb our increasingly fragile planet ordered. By using LED bulbs, you help your energy bill and the Earth too!