Energy Efficient Lighting – LEDs

The innovation of the light emitting diode (LED) and compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs began the era of energy-efficient lighting. Let’s explore the benefits of LED lightbulbs.

LEDs are designed to be small and efficient. While at times more expensive than a CFL, LEDs make up for this cost difference in longevity. Of course, as the technology improves, the price of LEDs will continue to drop. With the growing application of LEDs, the standard for their design is also expanding to cater to different lightbulb styles.

Here are some of the benefits of using LED lightbulbs:

  1. Long Lifespan – On average, LEDs last 10 times longer than their compact fluorescent counterparts and far outlasting the standard incandescent lightbulbs.
  2. Durability – With the simplicity of their design, LEDs can withstand more jarring conditions than a standard lightbulb. The fragility of using the filament in an incandescent lightbulb is not a factor in LEDs.
  3. Mercury-Free – Mercury is not used in LED manufacturing.
  4. Energy Efficiency – LEDs last so long because of how efficiently they use energy. Depending on the use, LEDs use only one-third to one-thirtieth the electrical energy of an incandescent or CFL bulb. In comparison, a small LED flashlight may extend the life of a battery by as much as 15 times.
  5. Cost Efficiency – Although we mentioned that LEDs are generally more expensive, these costs are returned over time in battery life and use.
  6. Portable Light – Since LEDs require so very little electricity to run, they are ideal for lighting remote areas or for portable lighting. It becomes more cost effective to use solar panels, for example, in a remote area than to run electrical cables or using a generator. A solar panel will produce just enough energy to run an LED.

Now that you know the benefits of using light emitting diodes, next time, we’ll cover the benefits of using a compact fluorescent light bulb.