As a nation, we’re becoming much more health conscious. A great many of us are also switching to the healthiest form of light in the shape of LEDs. If not, read our LED Monkey article to find out more…

An LED light bulb

Without a doubt, LEDs represent the healthiest form of lighting for your home, your business, and most importantly, for YOU!

Here’s are a few reasons why LED lighting is so much healthier than any other type of light source:

They only generate a tiny amount of heat

Old incandescent light bulbs become very hot when they’re switched on. However, LEDs generate only a tiny amount of heat. That’s because they consume their energy very efficiently, converting a high proportion of it to light. They heat they do create is efficiently dissipated by the highly conductive heat sink they contain.

In lighting terms, excess heat is a waste product that destroys the bulb from within. It can also be quite dangerous if you touch the bulb accidentally. Not to mention, it's a potential fire-hazard too, if placed too close to flammable materials.

All the parts of an LED light bulb

Fortunately, as you'll see from the image above, LEDs come with a "heat sink." This effectively dissipates the small amount of heat they do generate.

Thus, making them completely safe to touch whether they're turned on or off. This means that low-heat LEDs are definitely the bulbs to opt for as far as health and safety are concerned.

Check out the fun video below to see exactly how much less heat LEDs create than their incandescent counterparts!

They contain no harmful elements

CFLs that we’ve used for ages in our homes require a quantity of mercury vapour to produce their illumination. However, LEDs generate light in a completely different way. One that requires no toxic substances.

A vial of mercury

Mercury is an element that’s extremely harmful to us and our environment. So, when old-school bulbs break, it can leak and poison the topsoil and water supplies.

This is just one of the reasons behind the Government's decision to cease the manufacture and sale of certain types of conventional light bulb in the UK.

Fortunately, companies manufacture LEDs using 100% recyclable materials. This means their impact on the environment is minimal, by comparison with traditional bulbs.

They don’t give off any harmful rays

Various types of conventional light bulb produce a wavelength of light called ‘ultra-violet’ (UV). This contributes to premature ageing and melanoma type skin cancers.

This form of light can also strain the eyes and give us headaches, so it’s excellent news that LEDs don’t generate this type of light, isn’t it?

LED vs Incandescent for fending off insects

Also, when you're outside on a balmy summer evening, being dive-bombed by pesky bugs and mozzies is super annoying! No matter how many bug repellent candles or torches you light, they just won't leave you alone!

With LEDs, you can enjoy evenings al fresco without your lights attracting insects. That's because, unlike CFLs and incandescent lights, LEDs don’t emit the UV light that attracts the little blighters!

They’re robust and built to last

The fragility of an incandescent light bulb

The fluorescent and incandescent light bulbs of this world are incredibly fragile. You’ll be aware of this fact if you’ve ever accidentally dropped one and heard the all-too familiar sound of a dislodged tungsten filament, or worse still, the shattering of sharp and wafer-thin glass!

Fortunately, LEDs are made to last from robust plastic and aluminium which will never shatter or hurt you. This is really good news as the LEDs they contain will give you light for 50,000 hours or 17 years!

They produce a form of light that’s constant

Traditional light sources like fluorescent tubes which operate on an AC or ‘Alternating Current’ have a tendency to flicker constantly. Despite the flicker being very slight and almost indiscernible, the outcome can be headaches and general irritation.

A woman with a bad headache

The strobe-like effect can also make fluorescent bulbs quite dangerous to use around fast-moving heavy machinery, as it can make the components appear to be moving at a much slower rate than they actually are.

In contrast, LEDs operate on a constant or "direct" current or, which means they produce a highly consistent form of light that doesn’t flicker or strobe at all.

They’re completely silent

If you’ve ever been in a room that’s illuminated with fluorescent lights, for a prolonged period of time, you’ll know how annoying their constant buzzing can be. It can sound like an insect, but it’s actually caused by the ballast on the light fitting itself, which creates a persistent buzzing or humming noise that can drive you to distraction!

A fluorescent tube light

LEDs, on the other hand, don’t generate any sound at all, making them a lot more conducive to study or close work that may require serious and prolonged periods of concentration.

All the above info points to the fact that LED lighting is a lot healthier for humans than other forms of illumination. But if you're still doubtful, it may interest you to discover that LEDs are now used in several types of medical therapy.

LED skin therapy

Indeed, from skin treatments to the treatment of bladder issues, LED light is rapidly taking over the world of medicine, too!

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