September is here, and this means it’s time to say goodbye to summer and get ready for winter. Officially, the first day of Autumn is only a few weeks away.
Each year, on the 22nd or 23rd September, the sun shines directly over the equator as it crosses from the northern to the southern hemisphere. Known as the Autumn Equinox, this results in an almost equal length of day and night in every part of the world.
As the hours of darkness increase with each passing day here in the northern hemisphere, many people evaluate the lighting system within their homes. If you think your lights could be updated, go for energy efficient, environmentally friendly LEDs and keep your home bright on the darkest winter days. The benefits of LED lighting are numerous.
LED lights use up to 90% of their electrical energy as light, meaning as little as 10% is wasted as heat. In comparison, incandescent bulbs use only around 20% of their energy to produce light, wasting 80% of it on heat. This also means LED bulbs stay cool to the touch – a safer option.
Lower electricity bills
LED lighting greatly reduces energy consumption, which will be reflected in your monthly bills. LED lights use only around 10% of the electricity other light systems require to produce the same amount of light.
Lower maintenance costs
The numbers speak for themselves: LED lights can be expected to last between 50,000 and 100,000 hours, CFLs typically last around 15,000 hours and incandescent bulbs only around 1000 hours. This means LEDs can last up to about 15 years. Imagine not having to keep changing those light bulb!
LED bulbs have no filament or other loose parts, so are able to withstand bumps and jolts. An incandescent bulb, on the other hand, is far more fragile and thus more prone to damage.
Safer for the Environment
In the unlikely situation of an LED bulb breaking, it poses absolutely no risk to your family or the environment because it contains no toxic chemicals or heavy metals. If a fluorescent bulb is broken, it releases mercury. Both incandescent and fluorescent bulbs also produce a small amount of UV radiation. Reducing your carbon footprint is a major advantage of using LEDs. Cutting down on your energy consumption burns fewer fossil fuels and releases less greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere.
Autumn is one of the most beautiful seasons of the year. So don’t worry about the dark evenings drawing in – switch to LEDs and cosy up indoors in front of the fire, switch those lights on and enjoy.