Looking for Eco-Friendly Lighting Option? Try LEDs

Eco Friendly Lighting

Turning your house into an eco-friendly home is continually becoming an easier task. From updated and energy efficient appliances to the type of paint you put on your wall, more and more companies are creating products that fit an eco-friendly, child-and pet-friendly lifestyle.

There are some elements of the house that are more obvious to change. But then there are parts that are easily forgotten about. As you browse the checklist of needed changes throughout your home, be sure that new lighting is on that list.

We often forget that interior and exterior lighting contribute to your home’s overall eco-friendly status. For the longest time, incandescent bulbs were at the forefront of lighting. However, over the years, the call for more efficient and environmentally friendly light options have become apparent. Today, we can choose from the vast array of LED, light-emitting diode, bulbs to fit our eco-friendly lifestyle.

Have you considered switching your light bulbs to LED? Here’s why you should.

LED Lights Are Efficient

LEDs are between 80 and 90 percent more efficient than their incandescent counterparts. That means an incandescent bulb is roughly only 20 percent efficient.

An incandescent bulb needs to heat up to produce light, which is what makes the bulb so inefficient. So, while the light is on, only 20 percent of the energy used is to light up the bulb, while 80 percent goes to wasted heat production.

LED lights do not heat up nearly as much, resulting in more energy going to the actual production of light. Because their heat levels are so low, it makes them safer to use, especially if there are young children around. Combine this with the composition of an LED bulb being made from recyclable materials, and you have the best lighting option for an eco-friendly home.

Another point about LEDs efficiency is their lifespan. One LED bulb can last around 50,000 hours. An incandescent bulb lasts for only a fraction of that (roughly 1,000 hours). You will replace an incandescent light multiple times before going through one LED bulb.

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Benefits to the Environment

Switching to an LED bulb is not only suitable for your home and saves you money, but they also benefit the environment. The amount of power it takes to use an incandescent bulb is significantly higher than what an LED bulb uses.

Switching to an LED bulb will cut the amount of power you use. If more households made the swap to LED lights, there could be a widespread impact on the environment and noticeable energy savings for homeowners. If the popularity of LED lights continue to rise In the United States by 2027, we could save so much power it would equal to what 44 large power plants would produce.

With power usage down, the need for electrical output by power plants will decrease, resulting in less CO2 releasing into the atmosphere.

LED lights are quite beneficial, as their efficiency and lifespan make them a practical choice for lights that are difficult to replace. In addition, LED lights are durable, which is useful for outdoor lighting. Finally, the limited power needed to brighten up your home will save money and help protect our environment.

Deborah DiMare

About Deborah DiMare

Deborah DiMare is a PETA advocate, was a featured interior designer on TLC, has appeared on NBC’s 'The Today Show' and continually lectures and writes articles on Humane and Sensory Design.

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