10 Reasons LED Lighting is a Great Investment
The only downfall of switching from traditional light sources to LED lighting is that it may be costlier up-front compared with older incandescent, halogen and fluorescent lighting. Even still, as LED bulbs are becoming more common — and are generally regarded as the gold standard of lighting, at least for the time being — they’re also becoming more affordable. But even if you pay a little more in the beginning for the LED installation, the return on investment is much greater than the outdated light solutions. Here’s 10 reasons why LED lamps will transform your space, lower your lighting cost and reduce your carbon footprint.
- They Have Lower Operating Costs — We probably don’t have to tell you this, but you’ll spend a lot less powering your home or business after you switch to LED lights. In fact, a 60-watt incandescent will run you somewhere around $180 for a 25,000-hour lifespan, while a 10-watt LED with the same life would cost around $30.
- They Have Lower Maintenance Costs — Because LED lighting fixtures last much longer, they don’t have to be replaced as often. This is especially important when dealing with commercial LEDs that are burdensome and time-consuming to replace. Making the switch ensures that your employees spend time on more important tasks.
- They are Longer-Lasting — Another reason LEDs are the most cost-effective lighting solution is that they last a lot longer, plain and simple. A 60-watt incandescent or halogen bulb will last for around 1,000 hours, while a 60-watt equivalent LED light bulb will last up to 25,000 hours. Compact fluorescent lights of the same equivalency come in second place, lasting for up to 12,000 hours.
- They are Safer and Less Risky — Anything that makes your home or facility safer is a worthy investment — it can reduce costs associated with replacement, damage and liability. Because LEDs run cooler than incandescent lights, they’re less likely to combust or burn. They’re also easier and safer to install, thanks to their lower energy draw.
- They are Here to Stay — No matter how you look at it, LED lighting is in it for the long-haul. When the technology first entered the consumer marketplace in 1994 — though they were still relatively expensive until recently — there was some debate about whether they could be manufactured affordably enough to sustain long-term. Now, with LEDs competing with incandescents and fluorescents price-wise, it’s safe to say there’s nothing holding them back from a total takeover.
- They May Be Required Under Law — As you may know, the federal government passed the 2020 Federal Light Bulb Efficiency Standard in 2007, making it illegal to sell many incandescent and halogen light bulbs in the U.S. by the year 2020. The standard requires an efficiency of 45 lumens per watt, which many light technologies simply can’t achieve. Switching to LEDs now can save you big bucks once the law goes into effect.
- They are More Durable — The fact that LEDs aren’t as hot as other kinds of lights makes them last longer. Coupled with the fact that LEDs are made with a hard-wearing epoxy resin instead of glass, LED lights are significantly less likely to break or burst while in use.
- They Pay for Themselves — You often hear people talking about how LED lighting can pay for itself over a certain period of time, and that’s not just smoke and mirrors. Indeed, most LED lights pay for themselves through utility bill savings in less than a year, with commercial LED lighting bringing on the returns even quicker.
- They are Less Harmful to the Earth — Anytime you upgrade to green products, you’re making an investment in the planet. The main reason LEDs are better for the environment is because they draw less energy more efficiently, but LED light bulbs also eliminate toxic elements found in fluorescent lights. They also provide the same level of brightness with fewer lights and much less electricity.
- They are Less Harmful to Humans — Last but not least, upgrading your lighting to LED is good for you, your family and your employees. Part of that is because of the aforementioned toxic elements — LEDs are RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) compliant and emit less radiation than traditional bulbs.
If you’re looking for a simple, long-term way to make your dollar stretch further, then switching from old-fashioned lighting to LED lighting should be your first objective. We’re happy to help you save big on your next lighting project, so be sure to contact us today!