When you think of the word LED, the first things that come to your mind are probably screens or small indicator lights. However, LED lightbulbs exist and make for great home lighting. There are a number of ways in which LED lights win out over standard light bulbs.
Lack of Toxicity
LED lights do not require any toxic material in order to properly light your home. Compare this to compact fluorescent light bulbs, or CFLs, which utilize mercury in order to light up your room. Mercury within the lightbulb is not dangerous, but it can be if the light bulb happens to break. Mercury is a dangerous, toxic heavy metal that can cause a myriad of health problems, like high-blood pressure, increased heart rate, and peeling of the skin.
On top of that, due to the fact that CFL bulbs contain mercury, they cannot just be tossed into your home's garbage can when they have burned out. They must be disposed of properly in order to prevent breaking, which could lead to mercury entering into the ecosystem.
Another benefit of LED lights is that they are environmentally friendly. When you use an LED light in your light fixtures, they use anywhere from 25%-80% less energy than standard lightbulbs. This means that you are spending less money on electricity to light up your house, which means less electricity that has to be produced in ways that negatively impact the environment, such as burning coal.
Works Well in Very Cold Temperatures
Standard incandescent bulbs encounter a bit of difficulty when the temperature takes a dive. Temperatures below freezing or at the point of freezing can cause the light in these bulbs to weaken, or even to die completely. However, LED lights operate effectively and seamlessly in very low temperatures. This makes them a great bulb to use in your outdoor light fixtures if you experience very cold winters. Regardless of the temperature, your LED light will emit a consistent, strong stream of light.
Emits "Cool Light"
Standard incandescent bulbs emit quite a bit of heat when they are turned on, which can not only be dangerous, but can damage your belongings, as well. For example, a young child who were to touch a lightbulb that had been on all day would be badly burned, or if your lamp was directed at your couch, a decorative table runner or some other type of fabric, the heat would damage them overtime. In contrast, LED lights run very cool. They never get too hot to touch, and they do not emit enough heat to damage fabrics.
Although LED lightbulbs have a higher up-front cost, they last much longer than standard lightbulbs. Although the initial price of an LED bulb might turn you off a bit, remember that some LED bulbs last up to 50,000 hours. Compare that with standard incandescent light bulbs, which have an average life span of about 1,200 hours. That means that, in the long run, LED bulbs are actually the more affordable option due to the fact they need to be replaced less often. Not only will they save you money, but they will save you time that you would have to spend changing out your incandescent bulbs.
As you can see there are many advantages to switching the lights in your home to LED lights, rather than standard light bulbs. You can talk to a local electrician about totally replacing each and every lightbulb in your home, or you can simply do it yourself. However, working with an electrician will ensure that you get the proper bulb for each fixture in your home as well as save you time.