Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions Using LEDs #2: The One Where You Promise to be More Eco-Friendly
Everyone makes New Year's resolutions, but very few of us stick to them for very long. Well now you can, as we at LED Monkey have devised a way of achieving your resolutions using just LED lighting to do so. So read on and find out more…
The One Where You Promise to be More Eco-Friendly
If your home is lit using conventional light bulbs and fittings, it’s likely that it’s not running in an environmentally-friendly way. This is a great shame, as rectifying this situation really isn’t a difficult process at all. And, it’s one that’ll help you achieve the New Year's resolution you’ve made to be more eco-friendly.
In fact, if you simply replace all your wasteful old-school light bulbs with LEDs, you’ll immediately achieve this particular New Year’s resolution for the year ahead and here’s why:
LEDs Are Made From 100% Recyclable Materials
The majority of conventional light bulbs which are composed of glass and tungsten filaments that cannot be recycle. LEDs are manufactured using components which can.
Low-energy light bulbs like LEDs can now be recycled at most larger municipal recycling centres.
Collection points are also provided by some supermarkets. So, rather than having to make a special trip to the local tip with your old LEDs, you can now dispose of them while you're doing your shopping!
Obviously, recycling your old bulbs is a much more environmentally-friendly option than throwing them in the kitchen bin and consigning them thereafter to a landfill site, so do your bit and recycle!
LEDs Contain No Environmentally Harmful Substances
Old style energy-saving light bulbs like CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Lamps) contain an average of around 4 milligrams of mercury per bulb.
Mercury is a potent neurotoxin that affects the nerves. When a CFL is broken, the mercury is able to leak out into the environment.
Wherever this might occur, from a landfill site to a back garden, the mercury will seep down into the soil. Here, it will eventually rendezvous with our precious water supply.
While individually, such a small amount of mercury really isn’t a problem. However, when you consider the number of old light bulbs being crushed and used for landfill, the cumulative effect on the environment, our water supply and the flora and fauna within it is devastating.
Indeed, both fish and shellfish concentrate mercury in their bodies. This is often in the form of methyl mercury which is a highly toxic organic compound of mercury.
Fish products have been shown to contain varying amounts of heavy metals, particularly mercury and fat-soluble pollutants from water pollution.
What's RoHS When It's at Home?
LEDs, on the other hand, contain no hazardous substances like mercury. So, there's no chance that it could pollute our water supplies. As such, good quality LED lights and bulbs meet the standards set by Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS).
If you’d like to read a more in-depth article on this particular subject, check out our blog: Why LEDs are a More Environmentally Friendly Light Source
LEDs Consume Less Energy
If you’ve had your Christmas lights on for two weeks, you’re probably already dreading the arrival of the electricity bill!
However, if you replace all your lighting, both everyday and festive, with LED versions, you stand to save up to 90% on your lighting energy bill.
This is great news both for you and for the planet. That's right, homes that consume fewer kW/h/yr (Kilowatts-per-hour-per-year) of electricity require less fossil fuel like coal to produce it.
Burning fossil fuels to create energy releases literally tonnes of harmful CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) into the atmosphere and that’s one of the causes of global warming and ozone layer depletion.
An individual home’s reduced consumption might not add up to a whole hill o’beans in the grand scheme of things. However, if every home in the UK decided to replace just ONE traditional bulb with an LED, the cumulative reduction in CO2 emissions would be the equivalent of 100,000 cars disappearing from our roads!
LEDs Last MUCH Longer
Light bulbs like LEDs are incredibly cost-effective. That's not only because they consume such a tiny amount of power, but also due to of their incredible longevity. In lighting, heat is the enemy and a bulb that generates a lot of it is destined for an early demise.
LEDs have a life-expectancy of 10,000 to 50,000 hours. This is because they produce and emit only a tiny amount of heat in comparison with a traditional incandescent, halogen or CFL light bulb.
If you doubt this fact, just try unscrewing a halogen spotlight bulb that’s been switched on for 5 minutes and you’ll see.
On second thoughts…DON’T! These older types of light bulb become incredibly hot when they’re switched on. This is because they waste up to 90% of their energy producing heat and not light. So, of the 40 to 60 watts of electricity they’re consuming to generate light, just 10% of it's actually being used to do so.
LED’s are quite the opposite. Indeed, with 90% of their energy doing all the light creation and only 10% producing heat, you can see why they consume so much less and why they last such a long time.
In fact, you can see for yourself just how much more coolly LEDs run than other types of bulb! Just take a look at this YouTube video! (Warning - Video Contains Images of Melting Chocolate Bunnies Which Some Viewers May Find Upsetting!):
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