Light is something we all take for granted, but in its current incandescent-bulb form it has a devastating effect on the global environment, causing enormous carbon emissions and adding to landfill when bulbs go kaput.
Here are some reasons to switch to LED right away:
You’re not obligated to swap and there’s no law to forcing you to, but it will become increasingly difficult to purchase incandescent bulbs as time goes on and the emphasis will more and more be on switching to LEDs.
Plus, the environmental impact statistics alone should be reason enough to want to change. Here’s a look at the long-term benefits of switching to LEDs:
· Reduce the demands from lighting by 62%
· Eliminate 258 million metric tons of carbon emissions
· Reduce the amount of material being put into landfills
· Potentially avoid the construction of many new power plants
· Save the public billions of pounds overall
LEDs Are Energy Efficient
LED bulbs are approximately 85% more efficient than their traditional counterpart bulbs. LEDs consume a lot less energy and don’t emit as much heat, which also eliminates the risk of burning yourself if you touch an LED bulb after it’s been switched on – perfect for those easily-reachable lamps in the kids’ rooms!
LEDs Last Longer
LED bulbs last 50 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs, so less hassle climbing up and down ladders on a regular basis and also less waste; LED lights can have a lifetime of more than 50,000 hours.
One of the main drawbacks of incandescent lighting is that they contain the harmful chemical mercury, and so have to be disposed of carefully to prevent contaminating other sources and landfills. LEDs don’t contain mercury. Problem solved.
Fluorescent lights have the tendency to flicker which can cause migraine, headaches and eye strain. LED lighting however eliminates irritating flickering and allows lighting to be dimmed if required too.
Cost Effective in the Long Term
Of course, price is paramount to many a budget-stretched family and, whilst LED lights are initially a little more expensive, it is an economically viable option as it pays for itself in the long term thanks to reduced energy bills and fewer replacement bulbs needed.
So as you can see, the pros certainly outweigh the cons when it comes to switching to LED lighting. And if you’re still ambiguous about it, work out how money you could save with this energy saving calculator. Surely a few extra pennies in your pocket will put a smile on your face!
Can you think of any other benefits of using LEDs?
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Allie Redmond is a fashion blogger with a love of all things eco-friendly. She’s just switched to LED and is noticing the difference in her energy bill already!