There are many types of lights you can use in your home for illumination. Since every home has several light bulbs, and there are hundreds of millions of homes worldwide, a lot of energy is normally used for lighting purposes. By simply adopting energy efficient technologies homeowners can easily reduce their carbon footprint and help slow down global warming. Business owners can save thousands in running costs by consulting a commercial electrical contractor to change their lights to LED Light fittings. LED Lights have many benefits including:
i) Energy Efficiency
Compared to halogen, fluorescent and incandescent lamps, LEDs are much more energy efficient. A typical halogen lamp only uses 10% of the energy it draws to produce light while 90% of the energy is dissipated as heat, which is a big waste. LED lights on the other hand, use 85% of the energy they draw to produce light. Only 15%, or less, goes to waste. This makes LED lights more energy efficient than other types of lights. Furthermore, they operate on low voltages and produce brighter light per watt than fluorescent, incandescent and halogen lamps.
One of the main benefits of LEDs is their durability. A typical LED light can last up to 80,000 hours. This is almost 10 times the life expectancy of an incandescent or halogen lamp. This means that you can save a lot of money in reduced replacement costs. Your maintenance costs will also be much lower. This durability can be attributed to the fact that LEDs do not have a filament, so they can withstand shock or vibrations.
iii) Fast Switching
When you switch on an LED light, you will get full brightness instantly. Fluorescent lamps normally take time to turn on, while halogen lamps need to get heated up first before they can provide full illumination. This fast switching characteristic makes LED lights suitable for automotive indicator lights, flashing lights and traffic signals.
LEDs are environmentally friendly in a number of ways. For one, they consume less energy, which is great for the environment. Secondly, they do not contain any heavy metals, such as mercury, which is known to be harmful to the environment. When mercury is disposed of in landfills, it can find its way into water wells, rivers and lakes, where it will poison the water. Since LEDs have a long life and are small in size, less material is used to make them, which is great for the environment. Furthermore, the materials used to make LED lights are recyclable. It is important to note that LED lights do not emit any UV rays, which are known to be incredibly harmful.
v) LED Lights are Safe
LEDs normally run on low voltage direct current, which is not harmful. On the other hand, fluorescent, incandescent and halogen lamps normally run on high voltage alternating current, which can cause electrocution. This means that LED lights are safer to handle than standard lights. Furthermore, they can be exposed to rain and snow without any risk.
vi) Compact Design
LED lights can be as small as 2mm, which means that they can be installed in hard to reach places. They can also be mounted on electronic circuit boards. Fluorescent, incandescent and halogen lamps are bulky and delicate, so they cannot be used on circuit boards among other similar applications.
Talk to AlphaTeam Today
For advice, supply and installation of LED Lights in your Perth home or business contact AlphaTeam today. They are able to assist you with a wide range of LED Light fittings and LED Lights so you get the Lighting that is right for you.