Advantages of LED Light for the Environment.
Taking care of the environment is a responsibility that everyone should feel accountable for. Most of us are already aware of environmentally friendly processes. Like recycling to minimize the amount of waste we produce and reduce our carbon footprint. However, a lot of people are unaware of new and upcoming technologies that we can use to help reduce carbon emissions. A good example of this is LED lighting, which provides many environmental advantages.
Energy Efficient LED lights are up to 80% more efficient than traditional lighting such as fluorescent and incandescent lights. 95% of the energy in LEDs is converted into light and wasted as heat is only 5%, and this is compared to fluorescent lights which convert 95% of energy to heat and only 5% into light! LED lights also draw much less power than traditional lighting. 36 watt LED will replace a typical 84 watt fluorescent to give the same level of light. Less energy use reduces the demand from power plants and decreases greenhouse gas emissions.
LED lights contain no toxic elements. Most offices currently use fluorescent strip lights which contain noxious chemicals such as mercury. This will contaminate the environment when disposed of in landfill waste. Disposal needs to arranged through a registered waste carrier. Switching to LED avoids the cost and time implications required for compliant disposal. Also, it helps to protect the environment from further toxic waste.
LEDs have a better quality of light distribution and focus light in one direction as opposed to other types of lighting which waste energy by emitting light in all directions, often illuminating areas where light isn’t required (such as the ceiling). To achieve the same level of brightness given off by fluorescents and incandescent lights, less LED lights will need. Fewer lights will reduce energy consumption and will therefore be a benefit to the environment.
A longer life span means lower carbon emissions. LED Lights last up to six times longer than other types of lights, reducing the requirement for frequent replacements and results in using fewer lights and hence fewer resources needed for manufacturing processes, packaging materials, and transportation.