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The Easiest Way to Improve Energy Efficiency

August 2017

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The answer is simple: switching from filament to LED lighting. According to an article from Great Eastern Energy, titled “15 Benefits of LED Lighting,” as a result of lowering prices for LED lights along with new federal regulations, tax benefits, state rebate programs and utility incentives, it is now easier than ever to upgrade to a more all-around efficient lighting system. Furthermore, in conjunction with being more energy efficient, LED lights are also a healthier option compared with more traditional bulbs, which may contain mercury or become outrageously hot. Let’s look at some additional benefits of LED lighting, as identified by Great Eastern Energy.

Benefit: Long Lifetime
LED bulbs have an operational lifetime expectation of up to 11 years of continuous operation, or 22 years at 50% operation. If you leave a LED fixture on for 8 hours per day it would take around 20 years before you’d have to replace the LED bulb. Lighting diodes emit lower output levels over a very long period of time and become less bright, while LEDs maintain their original brightness throughout their lifespan.

Benefit: Efficiency
LEDs use less power, with an estimated energy efficiency of 80%-90% when compared to traditional lighting and conventional light bulbs. Because of the long lifespan of LED lights, the maintenance work is significantly less, meaning you’ll see big energy savings.

Benefit: No Emissions
LED illumination produces little infrared light and close to no UV emissions. Because of this, LED lighting is highly suitable not only for goods and materials that are sensitive to heat, but also for illumination of UV-sensitive objects or materials from artwork in museums to plastics in a kitchen.

Benefit: Light Disbursement
LED is designed to focus its light and can be directed to a specific location without the use of an external reflector, achieving higher application efficiency than conventional lighting. Well-designed LED illumination systems are able to deliver light more efficiently to the desired location.

Benefit: Color
Fluorescent lights are infamous for their color profile, as most produce only a cold blue/white light, which is stark and unwelcoming. LEDs instead provide a range of different colors for different purposes and needs, adaptable for almost any environment or lighting situation.

 

Sources: 15 Benefits of LED Lighting | Great Eastern Energy
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