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LED Lighting is Predicted to be the Leading Type of Lighting for 2020, Find Out Why. LED lighting has been on the rise for interior and exterior design trends in recent years. As more lighting companies are beginning to adopt the LED lighting trend, LED lighting sales are beginning to beat out fluorescent and incandescent lighting sales. Fluorescent and incandescent lighting, though still popular, can’t keep up with the copious benefits of LED lighting.

What is LED Lighting?

LED stands for light-emitting diodes. These diodes are semiconductors, as electrons pass through these semiconductors, they turn into light. Unlike fluorescent and incandescent light bulbs, LED light bulbs give off very little heat and are more efficient when it comes to turning energy into light. In fact, only about 5% of LED light’s energy is wasted as heat and 95% of its energy is converted and used for light.

Most lighting fixtures are able to house LED bulbs, so switching to this new lighting trend is typically quick and easy. However, if your lighting fixture doesn’t fit an LED bulb comfortably, you can purchase an LED retrofit kit. An LED retrofit kit allows you to replace a fluorescent or incandescent bulb with an LED bulb without having to replace the entire lighting fixture; it is an attachment that attaches to almost any lighting fixture.

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The Benefits of LED Lighting

Here are the top reasons that people are choosing LED lighting over classic fluorescent and incandescent lighting:

Eco-friendly

Perhaps the main reason customers are choosing LED lighting is because of the environmentally friendly nature they possess. LED bulbs consume fewer watts than fluorescent and incandescent bulbs, consuming only about 6-8 watts. Because of the significantly less power consumed by LED bulbs, this reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Similarly, LED bulbs release very little carbon dioxide.

LED bulbs last for around 50,000 hours whereas fluorescent and incandescent bulbs only last for about 8,000 hours. Therefore, the need to replace LED bulbs is vastly less frequent than the need to replace fluorescent and incandescent bulbs. In addition, fewer LED bulbs will have to be produced because of the longevity of each bulb. Producing fewer bulbs means less energy used in the construction of the bulbs.

Efficient aluminum recycling of LED bulbs will also aid in the environmental friendliness of LED bulbs because 80% of the bulb will be able to be recycled at the end of its life cycle rather than simply being disposed of.

Cost-Efficient

Installing LED bulbs in your home or office will save you money. LED bulbs are more cost-efficient than fluorescent and incandescent bulbs because they last longer and use less energy. Though LED bulbs are slightly more costly to purchase and install, over time, they act as an investment, dropping electricity bills around $300 annually while also rarely having to be replaced because of their long lifespan.

Fluorescent and Incandescent light bulbs burn through electricity at a faster rate than LED bulbs and their lifespan varies.

Safety

LED bulbs do not produce polluting radiation so they are not a health hazard in any way. Most other light bulbs contain hazardous mercury, LED bulbs do not.

LED bulbs operate at a very low voltage so don’t get hot the way fluorescent and incandescent bulbs do. Because of this benefit, LED lights are recommended for homes that have small children, the likelihood of a child getting burned by a light bulb is smaller with the installation LED bulbs.

Fluorescent light bulbs have been proven to produce UV rays that are detrimental to humans; the only safety hazard attributed to LED bulbs is damage to the retinas if looked at for too long.

Conclusion

LED bulbs are great for homes, offices, and retail stores alike. Fluorescent and incandescent bulbs are becoming outdated as the copious benefits of LED bulbs significantly outweigh the benefits of any other kind of bulb. With a variety of different kinds of LED bulbs, their uses are endless and are worth the initial cost.

Jennifer Bell is a freelance writer, blogger, dog-enthusiast and avid beachgoer operating out of Southern New Jersey.