Great Reasons to Switch to LED Lighting #2: Emphatically Eco-Friendly
Continuing our series of fabulous reasons to switch to LEDs, they have a bounty of environmental advantages to boot! From their non-existent mercury content to their super energy-saving capabilities, eco-warriors and polar bear-lovers will surely be converted to LED lighting after reading this!
No Noxious Chemicals
As touched on above, there is absolutely no nasty mercury in LED bulbs! This is unlike fluorescent bulbs which each contain (albeit a small amount) of mercury. Whilst a small amount may not seem like much to worry about, with the sheer amount of fluorescent lighting that is out there, if these bulbs are not correctly recycled they can leak out mercury into the surrounding environment.
But what's so bad about mercury? Well, some higher levels of mercury in fish and wildlife populations can effect their nervous systems, causing them to lack adequate speed and coordination which reduces their chances of survival in the wild. This makes mercury-free LEDs the eco-friendly choice as they can be easily recycled, unlike incandescent bulbs which cannot.
By purchasing recyclable LED bulbs, you can be sure that they won't end up in a landfill! And, they certainly won't be poisoning the surrounding environment with their noxious contents!
Moreover, the long-lasting capabilities of LEDs mean they don't need to be replaced every few years. Where typical incandescent bulbs might only last 1,000-2,000 hours on average, most LED bulbs will last somewhere between a massive 25,000-50,000 hours! Ultimately, this means less LED bulbs are needed and therefore less energy is used to make them, saving you time and money.
Pair these long-lasting capabilities with the super energy-saving qualities of LEDs and you have yourself an eco-warrior in the form of a bulb! As illustrated by the above chart, an LED bulb gives out just 20% heat on average and 80% light. However, an incandescent or halogen bulb will only give out a measly 10-20% of light and the rest of their energy is used up producing unnecessary heat.
No More Energy-Draining Incandescents
Compared to an equally bright incandescent bulb, an LED bulb is much more energy-efficient. It uses just 10% of the energy that an incandescent uses! This staggering figure shows you just how much energy you could be saving with one simple switch!
Not to mention, LEDs have a better quality of light. This is thanks to their high CRI index creating bright, vivid light and improved light distribution. Often manufactured with a wide set beam angle, LEDs are specifically designed to brighten up the areas you need whilst directing light away from the areas you don't.
Other forms of lighting can sometimes waste light energy by emitting light in all directions. But more direct light-distributing LEDs will negate the need for more bulbs. This will both limit your waste and reduce your energy consumption.
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