LED lights have been around for a few decades now, though have only just recently become the mainstream choice for most people. Which is not exactly surprising when bearing in mind the fact that the price of an LED bulb has plummeted around 70% over the last three years alone. Once regarded as something of an exclusive choice used mostly for designer interior lighting, the LED bulb of today is slowly but surely becoming the new standard.
Nonetheless, the LED technology is still relatively new to some people who are yet to switch or even consider the benefits of doing so. Naturally, it is not the kind of thing the average person with an already busy and hectic life is probably going to get too excited about, but at the same time there is no disputing the way in which switching to LED represents nothing but a pure benefit.
So for anyone who might be curious as to what is on offer on the LED side of the fence, here is a quick rundown of six facts about the technology you most likely didn’t know:
1 – Incredible Efficiency
First up, it is basically common knowledge that LED lights are significantly more efficient than any comparable bulbs. Incandescent bulbs might have gone the way of the dinosaurs, but even when compared to halogen bulbs, the LED technology stacks up incredible energy savings. More often than not, using an LED bulb instead of a halogen bulb means to use nearly 80% less energy – sometimes even more! Needless to say, it does not take a genius to figure out that the less energy we need to use, the better!
2 – Supremely Long Life
It is also widely acknowledged that LED lights have a very long usable life to boot. Nonetheless, what relatively few people realise is that a high quality LED bulb can go on doing what it does for more than 25,000 hours. So even in a case where an LED light is being used for 12 hours a day, every day, it will still go on working for more than six years. Needless to say therefore, in terms of long-term value for money there is nothing else that comes even close.
3 – Keep It Cool
Another huge benefit of the LED technology is the way its overall efficiency is quite close to flawless, which means that almost no energy used is wasted by emitted heat. LED lights stay cool to the touch at all times, which in turn hugely opens up where and how they could be used around the office and home alike. And as they have no impact on the overall room temperature, using LEDs could help a lot with effective climate control.
4 – Extremely Durable
Because the LED bulb doesn’t feature a filament, it’s also basically unbreakable. This is exactly why LED lights are usually used in millions of different applications and products, spanning from vehicle brake lights to televisions to traffic lights and more. While it might be quite easy to break the average home light bulb, actually damaging in any way an LED bulb will take quite some effort to say the least.
5 – Nothing New
Next up, you would be forgiven for thinking that LED technology has not been around for very long, but you would also be quite mistaken. In reality, it was as far back as 1962 when Nick Holonyak, a General Electric worker, came up with the very first LED – admittedly in a rather less than practical guise. Things might have progressed relatively slowly over the next few decades or so, but things have caught up so fast as of late that it’s estimated that by 2030, at least 80% of all lights used on a global basis will be LED.
6 – Remarkably Affordable
Last up, the US has always been at the forefront of the LED progress and is embracing the technology in a big way. According to recent research, over 50 million LED bulbs have been installed in North America in 2014 alone, which amounts to an energy saving of $675 million. And over the next 20 years, the use of LED lights in the US is expected to generate energy savings of over $250 billion.