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The LED Light Switch That Matters

Posted on January 16, 2019 by Matt Tomasino There have been 0 comments

You’ve probably heard of LED (light-emitting diode) lightbulbs and how they are much better than incandescent bulbs or even CFL (compact fluorescent lamp) bulbs. The comparison is easy to see. An incandescent bulb produces light as a result of being heated and a CFL contains toxic mercury, but the LED surpasses both as a non-toxic, longer lasting, energy efficient option.

As more green initiatives take center stage, so too do the technological advancements in lighting. Now it looks as though it is the LED switch that matters most.

A Beneficial Glow

LED technology has been shown to be highly beneficial for the personal consumer, small business owner, and environment all at once. Ways2GoGreen reports that for the user,

  • LED lights use 90% less energy than conventional bulbs
  • They will last 10 times longer than your traditional light bulb
  • They are not as fragile as, for example, halogen bulbs
  • There are no hazardous substances involved
  • They help cut greenhouse gas emissions
  • They save you money in the long run, thanks to the above
  • Upgrading just 15 of your lights to LED could save you $50 per year

The report also includes how a switch to LED tech could benefit even more of the big picture stating that,

  • If everyone used LED lights, worldwide energy usage on lighting would be reduce by 40%
  • This is equivalent to the output of 640 medium sized power stations
  • The forecast for energy saved by using LED lighting in the US amounts to a 46% saving
  • That is the equivalent of powering 24 million homes
  • This would reduce greenhouse gas emissions to the equivalent of removing 150 million cars from the roads

With so much pointing to the positive, LED bulbs and monitors can enhance home improvement, keep cost down for industrial applications, and reduce each carbon footprint for a real time win-win-win.

Clean Your View

LED’s are also considered a better option when it comes to your monitor or television viewing. There are LCD (liquid crystal display) choices that, as a first comparison, seem equal to LED based screens. This is because both use a double layer of polarized glass where liquid crystals are able to pass through essential light while blocking non-essential light at the same time. The only difference is that LCD’s use fluorescent light technology while all LED’s need is the light emitting diode. A diode is described as “a two-terminal electronic component that conducts current primarily in one direction; it has low resistance in one direction, and high resistance in the other.” Overall, LED’s are able to produce a better picture than an LCD because, according to HSW,

“LED TVs work with a color wheel or distinct RGB-colored lights (red, green, blue) to produce more realistic and sharper colors. Second, light emitting diodes can be dimmed. The dimming capability on the back lighting in an LED TV allows the picture to display with a truer black by darkening the lights and blocking more light from passing through the panel.”

Another benefit of an LED monitor is that it doesn’t produce heat because it is not using heat creating fluorescents like a LCD does. Plus an LED screen offers better angle viewing as it is able to wrap around and reduce glare. If you are determined to purchase an LCD screen make sure it is an updated model because newer versions have finally installed LED backlighting rather than cold cathode fluorescent lamps (CCFLs).

Surprising Peripheral LED Benefits

According to a study by researchers at the University of Southern California, the effects of spectral lighting on wildlife was measured using different bulb technologies. In the past, most spectral composition has been shown to negatively affect light-sensitive creatures such as sea turtles, insects and fishes, until LEDs were developed. It turns out that LED lighting reduces the negative impact (migration confusion, road crossing dangers, and breeding interference) of artificial light on wildlife. In addition, another study by researchers at the University of Exeter reported that LED lights reduced the seabird death toll from fishing by 85 percent.

 

When a green technology like this comes along, the observational reports and more importantly, the numbers, show how it is the LED light switch that matters. Crossing over to LEDs for everything from indoor, outdoor and even holiday lighting is an easy way to chalk up another benefit for saving the environment rather than remaining in the dark.


This post was posted in Blog and Green Library, Eco Home Improvement, Holidays, Save Energy, Your Green Home and was tagged with ENERGY EFFICIENT, Home Improvement, led holiday lights, NON-TOXIC, SUSTAINABLE

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