We spoke with David Boultbee, Technical Consultant at Ultra LEDs, to find out his insight into LED lighting and why it’s a better alternative to other sources of light. Here’s what he’s got to say.
In September 2018, halogen lightbulbs were banned in the UK and Europe to encourage us all to switch to greener alternatives (Which). Light-emitting diode (LED) lighting is generally considered to be a superior replacement to halogen bulbs in many ways. But what exactly is it about LEDs that makes them so great?
Below, we’ll be discussing some of the main advantages you can benefit from when switching to LEDs.
LEDs are more energy efficient, which means they waste less electricity than fluorescent, halogen, or incandescent lights because they don’t give off as much heat. You’ll also find that LEDs with a lower wattage, such as 36 watts, are just as bright and clean as other bulbs despite the fact they they use less electricity to run, saving you money.
In fact, switching from a halogen lightbulb to an energy efficient LED can save you approximately £103 over the LED’s lifetime (European Commission).
Not only does this reduce the cost of your energy bills but it’s better for the environment, too. Choosing energy efficient options is actually doing more for the planet than finding renewable energy sources (Carbon Brief), so simple changes at home like swapping out your lightbulbs for LEDs can make a massive difference to things like climate change and pollution.
They’re so efficient that UK councils are now using LED street lighting to make the most of their energy-saving benefits. For example, Kent City Council said they switched to LEDs for its 118,000 streetlamps to save more than 16,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year, as well as £5.2 million in cash (E&T).
They last longer
Some things can affect the lifespan of an LED, such as the heat of the room, the wiring, and the design of the fitting. Having said that, they certainly last longer than halogen, fluorescent, or incandescent lights — often up to fifty times longer!
This means that you won’t have to buy as many replacements, which will not only save you money but could also help to lower the demand for bulb manufacturing, which decreases the amount of pollution caused during the production process.
As an added bonus, most modern LEDs are made from materials that you can recycle and they are also non-toxic, so they won’t affect the environment as much when you do eventually replace them.
They look great
LED lighting is often described as cleaner and brighter than other light sources. One criticism of early LEDs was that they lacked diversity in terms of design, but LED technology has improved massively over the last decade and you can easily find lamps and light fittings to rival traditional bulbs, including designs that take into account colour temperature. This is good news if you prefer the warm light of a filament bulb or the cool light of eggshell glass.
You can even get self-adhesive LED tape to stick around areas that need a bit of ambience. Many people choose to run them under cabinets, along mantlepieces, or behind TVs for a contemporary interior look.
Whatever your style, LEDs have a lot of benefits compared to their halogen, fluorescent, and incandescent counterparts. Whether you want to save money or are conscious of your effect on the planet, it’s definitely worth switching to LEDs.