The Pros and Cons of Using LED Lighting
There are as many types of light bulbs as there are types of lights and choosing from LED bulbs, halogen bulbs, fluorescent lighting, or any other bulb for your parking garage lighting, roadway lighting, or just home lamp can be confusing. One of the more popular choices these days is LED, so here are the pros and cons of this type of lighting that you need to know.
- This type of lighting is energy-efficient. With the emphasis that the environment gets these days, energy-efficiency is a huge factor for many people. But energy efficiency doesn’t just mean that a bulb is good for the environment: it also means running it is easier on your wallet. An LED lamp is about 80% or 90% efficient when compared to the old incandescent light bulbs. What that means in plain language is that the old style of bulbs that Edison invented and our grandparents used emitted 20% of their energy as light and 80% as waste heat. LED bulbs reverse those percentages. They’re also 15% more efficient than halogen bulbs while emitting 85% more light. This savings in energy and heat makes these bulbs safer to touch and far more economical in situations where laws mandate 24/7 lighting, such as in a parking garage.
- The bulbs last a long time. Energy savings won’t do anyone any good if you have to replace the bulbs all the time, but LED is strong in this area, too. The old incandescent bulbs lasted 750 to 2,000 hours, while an LED lasts 50,000 hours: and some models can last as long as 100,000. It’s not just in comparison to incandescent bulbs that LED has a long life, either. A fluorescent bulb only has an estimated lifespan of 20,000 hours.
- The bulbs are eco-friendly and safe. One of the objections to some modern light bulbs, in comparison with the old incandescent bulbs, is that they are made with chemicals like mercury and can be very hazardous if they break, particularly in private homes. LED lamps are not like this, however, and can easily be recycled. In fact, some areas have specific LED recycling requirements already in place.
- The initial outlay is costlier than with other types of lighting. The cost of buying an LED bulb keeps going down, and in the future it’s likely that the price point will even out. However, for now, they can be too expensive for some people. However, for situations where the lights will be running for a long period of time each day, LED bulbs are definitely the wiser choice since the energy savings they offer with continuous use is great.
- It’s harder to get yhe color you want. LED is made up of diodes that emit different colors, all combined to create white. The problem with this is that sometimes the light comes across too blue, especially for spaces that want a cozy or homely effect. It’s also important to buy quality LED bulbs, as cheaper ones can degrade over time and the light flickers, dims, or becomes unbalanced.
- Temperatures can’t be too hot near these bulbs. LED bulbs can sometimes be sensitive to high temperatures, requiring a heat sink to be installed to prevent the bulb from failing. While this isn’t an issue for most applications, it can make installation less cost-effective for large projects that would require an extensive heat sink system.
All things considered, LED is a great lighting choice for most applications. The bulbs are efficient, durable, and recyclable. If you’re looking to replace your bulbs, LED is a solid choice.