We all know LED (Light Emitting Diode) light bulbs are the future (or is it already considered the present norm?) of lighting. More than 130 years after the light bulb was first invented (Thomas Edison circa 1879; you’re welcome), we now have LED lights that are superior to conventional fluorescent and incandescent light bulbs in every way. There are so many reasons to change to LED lighting, but we’ve picked 20 very good reasons for why you should do so.
#1 – LED lights use less energy
LED bulbs require much less wattage than compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) or incandescent light bulbs, hence requiring less energy. Let’s save the earth, one bulb at a time.
#2 – LED lights helps to save money
In direct relation to #1, using less energy means saving more money on electricity bills, and honestly, who doesn’t want that?
#3 – LED lights ‘live’ longer
LED lamps have an average lifespan of about 25,000 hours, compared to compact fluorescent lamps (10,000 hours) and incandescent light bulbs (1,000 hours).
#4 – LED lights don’t burn out
LED lights don’t product heat, so they won’t burn out like conventional light bulbs.
#5 – LED lights are cold yet warm
By that, we mean that LED lights are cold to touch, yet are able to emit ‘warm’ golden light similar to incandescent bulbs or even sunlight.
#6 – Plants thrive in (cold) LED light
Talking about cold light, LEDs are good for plant growth because most plants thrive in lower temperatures.
#7 – LED lights help to save water
Conventional incandescent bulbs emit heat, which can evaporate moisture, thus requiring more water for plants. LED lights can help reduce usage of water in agricultural activities, which leads to saving money.
#8 – LED lights keep bugs away
Insects are attracted to the heat and light from incandescent bulbs; with LED lights, there will be less bugs and creepy crawlies around.
#9 – LED lights are good for the environment
They do not contain hazardous solids, liquids or gases.
#10 – Lots of colours!
LED lights come in so many different colours, letting you define any kind of style, setting and ambiance.
#11 – No ‘warm-up’ time
Unlike CFL or incandescent light bulbs, LEDs do not require a starter; they can be switched on to full brightness immediately.
#12 – No spooky flickering
LED lights do not require a starter and light up immediately when switched on, so they do not flicker.
#13 – Quiet please
LED lights are silent and do not produce annoying or distracting humming noises.
#14 – LED lights are brighter
LED light bulbs are much brighter than traditional light bulbs, and will improve visibility.
#15 – LED street lights provide better visibility
Using LED lights for street illumination will greatly improve visibility, thus preventing accidents or and deterring crime.
#16 – LED lights reduce risk of car accidents
Used as automobile lighting, LED lights that are brighter and offer more visibility can significantly reduce the risk of car accidents.
#17 – LED lights can prevent fires
Remember the heat from traditional bulbs we mentioned earlier? LED Christmas lights can reduce the risk of flaming trees and burning piles of paper.
#18 – No radio frequency interference
LEDs don’t emit electromagnetic interference (EMI), which means it won’t disrupt electrical circuits (mobile connectivity, radio reception, etc).
#19 – LED lights are lightweight
Have you ever held one in your hand? LEDs are really lightweight!
#20 – No UV rays
LEDs have no UV light, thus eradicating the possibility of damage to the skin.
#21 You can build your own light saber
According to this PopSci tutorial, you can make your very own light saber using LED lights! They look super cool, are perfect as costume props, and best of all, won’t cause any fatal injuries. Just make sure you don’t poke someone’s eye out when waving it around while making light saber noises.