LED lighting has become increasingly popular in recent years as an energy-efficient and cost-effective alternative to traditional CFL, Fluorescent and Incandescent lighting options. Y.E.S. Electrical Suppliers have been instrumental in this major switch to cost saving LED. Incandescent is the technical description for the old filament 60watt and 100watt bulbs that adorned our homes for several decades. With its numerous benefits and advantages, LED lighting is now the go-to option for home and business owners who want to light up their space efficiently and sustainably. In this article, Y.E.S. Electrical Supplier will delve into the many benefits of LED lighting and compare it with traditional lighting to better understand why it is now the preferred choice for many.
What is LED lighting?
LED (light-emitting diode) lighting is a type of lighting technology that uses a semiconductor to produce light. Unlike traditional lighting options such as incandescent bulbs and lamps, LED lights do not use filaments to produce light, Instead, they use a diode that emits light when an electric current passes through it.
LED lighting is now widely used in a variety of applications, including homes, offices, street lighting, factory lighting and even in digital displays. The benefits of LED lighting, from market leading suppliers such as Y.E.S. Electrical Suppliers, make it an attractive choice for homeowners, business owners, and government buildings.
Before we look at some of the very specific benefits of LED Lighting from Y.E.S Electrical Suppliers, let us learn more about what is imminently happening to the availability of old-style light bulbs, CFL lamps and fluorescent tubes, products that we have used over the years that will soon be unavailable. The key dates for these changes are detailed below, subject to any last-minute amendments. Needless to say, from the below dates, these older style light bulbs and tubes may no longer be available from Y.E.S. Electrical Suppliers;
February 25th, 2023: the end of long-life fluorescent tubes and compact fluorescent lamps with non-integrated gear (CFL-ni) with less than 20,000 hours.
August 25th, 2023: the end of T5 and T8 fluorescent tubes and compact fluorescent lamps, with a lifespan of more than 20,000 hours.
September 1st, 2023: the end of halogen capsules with G9, G4, GY, and 6.35 bases.
In particular, the above dates will adversely affect many commercial and industrial properties as well as a high percentage of NHS establishments, Council Owned Buildings and Government buildings, many of which have tens of thousands of old light fittings that can only accommodate CFL lamps or fluorescent tubes. Also of note is that many thousands of warehouses and factories still use these old light sources. As both CFL and Fluorescents become scarce, their prices will increase. To that end, let Y.E.S Electrical Supplier tell you even more about LED Lighting and its benefits. Before we do however, it is worth offering guidance on a couple of products that are excellent replacements for the immensely popular old style 5ft Fluorescent tubes, albeit these are the complete LED linear fittings, as opposed to just a stand-alone LED tube, one being IP20 and the other IP65.
Benefits of LED lighting from Y.E.S. Electrical Suppliers
Energy efficiency: One of the primary benefits of LED lighting is their energy efficiency. LED lights require much less energy to produce the same amount of light as traditional lighting options, such as incandescent bulbs. This means that LED lighting reduces energy consumption and greatly lowers domestic and commercial energy bills. Additionally, LED lights have a longer lifespan than traditional lighting options, which further reduces costs.
Long lifespan: Quality LED lights from Y.E.S. Electrical Supplier can last up to 25 times longer than traditional lighting options, such as incandescent bulbs. This means that they require less frequent replacement, which therefore saves time in regards maintenance. Longer-lasting bulbs also mean less waste, which is good news for the environment.
Environmental friendliness: LED lighting is more environmentally friendly than traditional lighting options. LED lights are free from toxic materials such as mercury, which can be found in some traditional lamps and bulbs. Additionally, LED lights consume less energy, further reducing the demand for electricity and lowering greenhouse gas emissions.
Better quality of light: LED lighting provides a better quality and range of light (Kelvins) than traditional lighting options. Should you wish, LED lights can emit a brighter whiter light that is not dissimilar to natural daylight, this is often known as daylight colour 6000k or 6500k. What is known as cool white however, as in 4000k, is considered far more comfortable and easier on the eyes and circadian rhythm, which is especially important in workplaces and other environments where people spend a lot of time. in the home however, many people much prefer a far warmer white, with a kelvin range of between 2700k and 3000k. If you have any questions in regards choosing the most appropriate kelvin range for your installation, Y.E.S. Electrical Supplier will be more than happy to advise you.
Customised lighting: LED lights can be customized, allowing you to adjust the brightness or colour of the light to suit any colour within the rainbow, also known as RGB lighting. This means that you can customize the lighting to suit your needs, whether you want a whiter light for reading, a softer warm light for relaxation or a range of coloured lights for a restaurant or nightclub for example.
Comparing LED lighting to traditional lighting
When compared to traditional lighting options, LED lighting clearly stands out as the better choice in terms of energy efficiency, lifespan, and environmentally friendliness. LED lights use less energy to produce the same amount of light as traditional lighting options, and they last longer, which means less frequent replacement and less waste. Energy efficiency and light output varies from one manufacturer to another, Y.E.S Electrical Suppliers only stock light fittings, bulbs, and lamps, from reputable manufacturers, thus ensuring longevity and excellent value for money.
Additionally, LED lights do not contain toxic materials such as mercury, which is found in some traditional bulbs. This makes LED lights safer for the environment and for overall human and planet health.
In terms of upfront costs, from Y.E.S. Electrical Supplier, LED lighting is no more expensive than traditional lighting options. However, LED lights have a longer lifespan and consume less energy, which means that they are far more cost effective in the long run. Traditional bulbs required frequent replacements and resulted in higher energy bills. By switching to LED lighting from Y.E.S. Electrical Supplier, this can lead to significant savings on energy costs and maintenance over the lifespan of the bulbs.
LED lighting is also safer than traditional lighting options. Traditional bulbs, such as incandescent bulbs, often became very hot and a fire hazard if left on for extended period or came into contact with flammable materials. LED lights, on the other hand, generate much less heat and are much safer to use in a variety of settings.
In terms of performance, LED lighting is superior to traditional lighting options. LED lights can be turned on and off instantly, without any warm-up time. This makes them more convenient for use in a variety of settings, from homes to businesses. LED lights are also more durable and resistant to shocks and vibrations, making them ideal for use in a wider range of applications.