In recent years, as calls for the use of sustainable lighting are made, LED technology has quickly become a staple in homes, offices, retail spaces, and more.
LEDs, which stands for ‘Light Emitting Diodes’, have revolutionized how we live, work, and play. This is due to their high-quality lighting and eco-friendliness. In comparison with traditional luminaires such as incandescent lights and Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs), they outperform by a noticeable margin in both efficiency and sustainability.
This is due to LED lighting’s low power consumption, low heat output, and excellent service life. This combination of features helps cut back on light pollution and energy consumption, which in turn lowers power plant emissions and eases the burden placed on our planet.
As our society becomes increasingly environmentally conscious, our choices should align with our beliefs. Below, we shine a light on the environmental benefits of LEDs and suggest ways consumers can go greener with LED lighting solutions.
LED Lights Consume Less Power
LED lights have much lower power consumption in comparison with traditional luminaires, as well as higher efficiency.
LED lights are up to 80% more efficient than incandescent lighting and CFLs as they have a much better lumen per watt rating. Put in simple terms, ‘watts’ is the amount of electricity used by a light bulb, and ‘lumens’ is its actual light output. In other words, ‘watts’ has nothing to do with a bulb’s brightness, and ‘lumens’ is the actual measurement of its performance. With that in mind, a good lumen per watt rating is a key factor to consider when comparing the sustainability of lighting solutions.
Traditional incandescent bulbs produce around 20 lumens per watt, whereas LED lights are 5 times more productive as they are capable of producing 100 lumens per watt or more. This is because about 80% of the energy in LEDs is converted into light, with only roughly 20% lost as heat. This is a marked difference compared to incandescent bulbs, where the reverse is true with only 20% of energy converted into light and 80% lost as heat.
Thus, LEDs have a much better lumen per watt rating. This means that LED bulbs use much less power than traditional incandescent bulbs to produce the same amount of light, and users who choose the former can get the most out of what they pay for.
With these energy-efficient light bulbs, users cut back on power consumption. This helps to reduce the amount of electricity that must be generated by power plants, and as demand for electricity lowers, less fossil fuels have to be burned. This reduces pollution and conserves our finite natural resources.
LED iBond offers a variety of LED lights that come in the form of bulbs, strip lights, and panels. Additionally, we offer grow lights for consumers interested in indoor horticulture such as vertical farming. Switching out traditional lights in favor of LED lights will also provide the added bonus of lower electricity bills, which is a great incentive for making the change today.
LED Lights Have Much Longer Service Lives
The average LED bulb on the market has a service life of up to 50,000 hours, which is almost 6 years of continuous use. Compared to an incandescent bulb’s 2,000 and a fluorescent bulb’s 36,000, LEDs have truly superior longevity. As we tend not to leave our lights on all the time, realistically speaking, LED bulbs will not have to be replaced for even longer than that. If a user only switches their light on in late afternoons and throughout evenings, LED bulbs have the capacity to be used for over a decade without replacement.
This overall impressive performance of LEDs is due to its low heat emission. Unlike traditional bulbs which contain a wire filament and inert gas, LED technology utilises diodes. Certain diodes can convert current into light without generating a large amount of heat, and the less heat is generated, the greater the lifespan of a bulb. In fact, for every increase of 10 degrees of heat output, the service life of a bulb is halved. Thus, it is crucial to keep temperatures as low as possible.
Acknowledging this, experts at LED iBond have created a superior thermal management concept and we offer LED lighting solutions with working temperatures as low as 40 degrees Celsius. This is almost half of the other bulbs on the market, which reach about 80 degrees on average. As a result of this, the lighting solutions on offer at LED iBond have service lives of around 100,000 hours. This translates to over a decade of continuous use and reduces replacement rates even further.
With greater longevity, there is significant reduction of the production and disposal rates of LED bulbs, making it a much more sustainable lighting option. However, should users need to eventually replace our bulbs, this can be done instantly with Everly, a special tool and plug integrated in our lighting panels. Created from recyclable materials, Everly allows users to replace LED lights without replacing the entire light fixture, which brings down both consumer costs and the environmental footprint.
LED Lights Are Economical
One of the major concerns about the use of LED lights instead of traditional luminaires is cost. Many people are put off by the slightly higher prices of LED lighting and shelving solutions, fearing they will not be as economical. Fortunately, that cannot be more untrue.
LED lights are often viewed as an investment, as in the long run, they outperform incandescent and fluorescent lights in terms of sustainability, cost-efficiency, and comfort by a noticeable margin. As mentioned, high-quality LED lighting has incredible longevity that offers up to 50 times the number of hours offered by incandescent bulbs. This means that for every LED bulb a user purchases, they are saving themselves the cost of 50 incandescent ones, as well as time and energy in bulb replacement.
This has a great effect not only on consumer costs but also on the sourcing and distribution of materials. When fewer bulbs are in demand, manufacturers can cut back on production.
LED iBond seeks to merge technologies to create greater sustainability levels and ease of usage of our lighting solutions. Thus, we have developed intelligent shelving that will complement our lighting options to the fullest extent.
One of our greatest innovations is our patented ‘sandwich’ system. In it, the LED is placed between two Aluminium Composite Panels (ACPs) which help to transmit electrical current and dissipate heat. This creates an optimal environment for LED lights to function within and lengthens their service life. At only 6mm thick, these lightweight yet durable panels are also made from recyclable materials and can be recycled themselves, to reduce waste.
LED Lights Reduce Light Pollution
While the light output of incandescent and fluorescent bulbs is uneven and scattered, this is not the case for LEDs. LED lights can be angled and positioned so that direct beams can reach specific areas of each room, which means that areas that do not require illumination, such as ceilings, will not receive it. With focused illumination, no light will be wasted, and fewer physical lights will need to be installed in order to make up for the wastage.
LED iBond offers unique shelving solutions to go with our eco-friendly lighting. One such offer is our illuminated smart shelf Shelly, which can optimize light placement and maintain efficiency. LED lights integrated into the shelf can be placed in an asymmetric pattern, which creates a spotlight effect for users who wish to emphasize objects on display without interrupting the ambiance of the room.
The same benefits are also applicable on a larger scale in outdoor settings, such as on playgrounds and fields, or in stadiums. The flexibility and focus of LED lighting solutions allow for the targeted illumination of these areas. As bright lights are often required in these situations, focused beams greatly reduce light pollution by preventing the intense light from spilling everywhere and disturbing people in their immediate surrounding areas.
Overall, with better quality and customizability of light distribution, LED technology also reduces glare, which can reduce eye strains in users and light pollution in the environment.
LED technology is one of today’s most cost-efficient and environmentally friendly lighting solutions. This is due to their power and luminaire efficacies, as well as superb longevity. With an excellent lumen per watt rating, low replacement rates, and focused beams, LED lighting solutions to prove that sustainability and quality can go hand in hand.
Start going greener from the comfort of your home today by switching from traditional luminaires to LED lights. This simple act can help cut back on energy consumption, which will in turn lower power plant emissions and ease the environmental burden placed on our planet.
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LED iBond is committed to sustainability and seeks to merge technologies for human comfort and the welfare of our planet. With years of experience in the industry, we have cultivated and curated the best possible lighting and shelving solutions that are not only of high quality but are also good for the environment. We believe that taking care of the planet and of ourselves do not have to be mutually exclusive in the modern era, and we thank our customers for choosing LEDs.
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