LED lighting is low-energy and is the lighting of the future if we are to become energy-saving and care for the environment. But there are so many rumours and myths floating around that we decided to tell you the facts.
Here are 9 things you should know about LED lighting.
1. LED bulbs aren’t expensive and they last
You might have heard that LED lighting is expensive. Although the initial costs for fitting and bulbs may be higher, they are more durable and reliable. Good bulbs could retain 70% of their initial light output for 6 years!
If you run LED lighting 24/7, they’ll last you doubly as long as fluorescent bulbs and many more times than incandescents. You can reduce your lighting costs by up to 80% and get payback on your investment in less than 3 years.
2. The technology is only becoming more mainstream
LED bulbs have been used in lots of different places for over 10 years. They are used in safety applications and industrial areas as they are cost-effective and efficient.
3. They are bright if you need them to be
A wide range of LED bulbs are available these days, from low to high lumen outputs. That means you can choose the right lighting for your needs. You can manage glare and light placement with optics, and also glare and colour temperature. Make sure you speak to a professional to plan the right light placement.
4. There are no magnetic ballasts in LED lighting
You might have heard that LED bulbs have magnetic ballasts – but they don’t. They have electronic drivers, which are very low maintenance. They shouldn’t need replacing, unlike the ballasts in other bulbs.
Electronic drivers can have functionalities for dimming, sensing and auto on and off, so pick ones with these kinds of functions if you need them.
5. You can dim LED lights
Well-designed LEDs have dimming settings, which may offer gradual dimming and other features. You’ll need to purchase dimmable bulbs that are compatible with traditional dimmer switches. Or you can update them to suit your new lights.
6. The LED bulbs are mercury-free
Unlike fluorescents and compact fluorescents, LEDs don’t contain mercury. They also produce half the heat of fluorescents and hardly produce any UV radiation.
7. Don’t believe the myth that LEDs are too blue
Yes, LED lighting is cooler than other lighting colours. But you can choose different LED hues other than blue if you are concerned that it might be too much.
8. LED lighting works well in high temperature environments
LEDs perform just as well as fluorescents and HIDs in temperature tests, so you shouldn’t need to worry about this. They performed particularly well in cold environments.
However, make sure you choose high quality LEDs that are designed to manage heat dissipation.
9. Don’t wait for the price to decline
There’s no point in waiting for the price of LEDs to go down. Lighting can be one of the biggest expenses in a home or business. The slow price declines in LED lighting will be offset by paybacks in energy savings, so you definitely shouldn’t wait.
So don’t wait to switch your lighting to LED. Speak to an electrician who can help you get started as soon as possible.