With governments now taking serious steps to ensuring homes and businesses are more environmentally friendly, there’s never been a better time to take a look how you can reduce your carbon footprint and live greener.
One of the reasons many people don’t take action is because they think that small changes don’t make a difference. But with the amount we consume and throw away, if everyone makes small impacts, it turns into a big one. One of these small yet significant and powerful changes can be switching your lighting. Whether you own a home or run a business, here are some reasons why you should consider LED.
One of the greenest and most economical ways to live is by being efficient and LEDs provide just that. Most other light bulbs waste energy by producing heat as well as light but LEDs are around 85% more efficient than incandescent bulbs saving hundreds of pounds of carbon emissions per year. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, “Widespread use of LED lighting has the greatest potential impact on energy savings in the United States. By 2027, widespread use of LEDs could save about 348 terawatt hours (compared to no LED use) of electricity: This is the equivalent annual electrical output of 44 large electric power plants (1000 megawatts each), and a total savings of more than $30 billion at today’s electricity prices.”
2. Long Lasting
LEDs are also designed to sustain more than a decade without any maintenance. They last around six times longer than other lighting fitments as a typical LED light bulb from Brightlightz could last around 50,000 hours. Not only is this less time-consuming and costly but it actually saves energy and emissions on manufacturing, packaging and transportation for replacement bulbs.
3. No Harmful Chemicals
Some other popular lighting sources like HID contain mercury, which is a harmful chemical that when disposed of can seep into our water supply as well as the environments of animals and wildlife. LEDs contain no mercury and so don’t contribute to the complex and expensive process of disposing of toxic waste.
4. Less Lights Needed
Last but not least, LEDs mean less lighting is needed in the area that you need to be lit! They have a better quality of light distribution and brightness so you won’t have to buy or take up more energy to light up a large space.