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, you'll be converted to LED lighting after reading this LED Monkey blog: Great Reasons to Switch to LED #2: It's Emphatically Eco-Friendly...

No Noxious Chemicals

Unlike fluorescent bulbs which each contain a small amount of mercury, LEDs are completely untainted by any poisonous materials.

Whilst a small amount may not seem like much to worry about, the sheer amount of fluorescent lighting out there means that, if these bulbs are not correctly recycled, they can leak mercury into the surrounding environment.

Model men decontaminating old bulbs

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. Unfortunately, the cost to separate and recycle the metal and wafer thin glass of a traditional light bulb is prohibitive, which means they invariably end their lives on rubbish tips or as landfill.

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 to 2,000 hours on average, most LED bulbs will last somewhere between a massive 10,000 to 50,000 hours! Ultimately, this means fewer LED bulbs are needed and therefore less energy is used to manufacture them, saving you time and money.

Graph showing bulb lifespans

Pair this longevity 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 graph, an LED bulb generates just 20% heat and 80% light, on average. Contrast this with an incandescent or halogen bulb which will only generate a measly 10 to 20% of light, the remainder of their energy being consumed 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 required by an incandescent!

This staggering figure illustrates just how much energy you could be saving with one simple replacement bulb!

Row of bulbs with LED only lit

Additionally, LED light quality is a lot better, as evidenced by their high CRI index. Indeed, with most modern LEDs now boasting a CRI of 80+, you're assured of 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 a greater number of bulbs. This will both limit your waste and reduce your energy consumption.

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