Top 5 Reasons LEDs are Better for your Facility

Top 5 Reasons LEDs are Better for your Facility

When it comes to lighting, LED bulbs are here to stay. Other trends, like CFL bulbs, may come and go, but the tiny-yet-mighty light emitting diodes have proven they’ve got sticking power. Not only do LEDs save energy and provide crystal clear, quality lighting, they also have a significant number of benefits that could save time, money and the environment.

1. Can You Feel the Heat?

If you’re using LEDs, then probably not. These small diodes only convert a minuscule portion of energy used to fuel them into heat, compared to 80-90% for CFL or incandescent bulbs. That means LEDs burn much cooler, which helps prevent burns from accidental touching or when preparing to change a bulb. It also means a decreased risk of fires. With incandescent bulbs, any flammable material that gets too near the bulb could catch fire, but with LEDs, the chance of that happening is essentially nonexistent.

2. Just Say No to Neurotoxins

Most people know that LEDs save energy (potentially hundreds to thousands of dollars in utility costs, depending on the scale of your facility), but did you know they’re also saving the world? Many homes and businesses use CFLs to conserve energy, but the bulbs, while efficient, aren’t all that great for Mother Earth. CFLs contain mercury, which could be hazardous in the case of broken bulbs and could mean even bigger issues if not disposed of properly. When CFLs end up in landfills instead of appropriate recycling facilities, dangerous mercury could seep out of the bulbs and leach into our soil and waterways. LEDs on the other hand, contain no mercury and do not require any special recycling. With Earth Day coming up in April, now is a great time to switch!

3. Safety First

Not only do LEDs lower the risk of burns and fires, but they’re also much safer for general handling. It’s easy to drop and shatter an incandescent bulb when changing them, especially at great heights. But LEDs are most often made of an epoxy material rather than glass, which is much less likely to crack or break.

4. Made to Last

Most LED bulbs that undergo normal usage (about 8-12 hours a day) can last for years, even up to two decades, before burning out. In a home, changing bulbs is a nuisance, but it isn’t a big problem. In a large facility that utilizes a significant number of bulbs, maintaining and changing them can be an enormous task. If you can replace the lights in your facility with bulbs that may need changing every few years at the most, rather than every few months, think of the time, energy and hassle, you’ll save

5. Better Light for Better Work

LEDs are perfect for large facilities, construction, and other work sites because they provide a clear, white light that puts little strain on the eyes. They are also incredibly durable, and not sensitive to rugged conditions like high winds, heat or cold. They work very well outdoors, so whether you’re building round-the-clock or just want to show off your facility’s landscaping, there’s an LED to meet your needs. And if your facility is less of a worksite and more of a homey, comfortable environment, you can find LEDs in a variety of colors and strengths, with varying degrees of warmth, to set just the right mood for your space.

By now we’ve seen that LEDs aren’t a fad or a flash-in-the-pan — they are an attractive, sensible, cost-efficient and eco-friendly way to provide a safe and reliable light source. We’d love to help you get your facility set up with the right LEDs to meet your needs — contact us to start the conversation.

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