Save Money, Save The Planet!
Read how using LED lighting in your home can benefit the environment—and your wallet.
Most of you have heard the name LED and seen the light bulbs in your local hardware stores. You may already be an expert (or married to one!) and using these lights and other fixtures with this technology in your home or office. In that case, you are well on your way to becoming a good steward of Planet Earth! Imagine if every single household in America took the same step and replaced all their incandescent, neon and compact fluorescent lighting. Read on to learn how using LED light bulbs can benefit the environment and cut down on costs:
LEDs ARE EFFICIENT
LEDs are extremely energy-efficient and consume up to 90% less power than incandescent bulbs. Since LEDs use only a fraction of the energy of an incandescent light bulb, there is a dramatic decrease in power costs. Additionally, money and energy are saved in maintenance and replacement costs due to the long LED lifespan. LEDs have a lifespan of approximately to 50,000+ hours compared to 2,000 hours for incandescent bulbs. An example of LED life in a typical table lamp is- 17.5 years! (Assumes operated 8 hours a day)
LEDs ARE ROBUST
LEDs are solid-state lighting devices that utilize semiconductor material instead of a filament or neon gas. An LED light is a small semiconductor chip coated with a strong epoxy, which makes LEDs substantially stronger than traditional light bulbs. LEDs are able to withstand extreme temperature and more harsh treatment.
LEDs DO NOT GENERATE HEAT
LED lights generate very little heat, therefore they are only warm to the touch and can be left on for hours without and will not burn your hand if touched—a wonderful feature if small children are present. An example of how much heat and energy can be saved is as follows: Assume your home has fifteen 100-watt old-style light bulbs. This would generate approximately 1,500 watts, which is equivalent what is generated by a full-sized hair dryer. Now imagine running that hair dryer for 8 hours. It would heat your entire apartment or small house and require you to turn on the air-conditioning to overcome the heat load. The LEDs covert 90% of their energy to light, and the heat generated is insignificant—in warm climates or during the summer in most locations this becomes a significant electricity savings.
LEDs ARE ECO-FRIENDLY
LEDs are made from non-toxic materials, unlike fluorescent lighting, which uses mercury (proven to be hazardous to the environment). Since LED’s last up to 15 years, you would only be disposing of your LED light bulb once every 15 years rather than every two years with your normal light bulb, which means that seven incandescent bulbs wind up in the dump for every one LED light bulb.
Written by Azita Goldman, VP of Business Development, Revita Rugs