Awareness of global warming, endangered species and ocean pollution is growing, but people are still hesitant to take action. For most, it is hard to imagine where to begin. With 20 percent of all electrical energy in the U.S. coming from lighting, one of the easiest ways to make a difference is to make the transition to LED lighting – And what better time to start than Earth Day?
LED lighting provides four key benefits over traditional lighting: immediate energy savings, no toxic elements, improved quality of light and affordable prices. While many people think about changing the bulbs inside their home, it is also important to remember the benefits of updating outdoor lighting fixtures as well – some smart home lights have practical and very effective security features.
Energy savings is gained over time, leading to lower energy consumption and decreased utility costs. LED lights are up to 85 percent more efficient than traditional lighting, such as fluorescent, reducing the amount of energy needed to light the area.
No Toxic Elements
Unlike many lights, LED lights do not contain hazardous chemicals such as mercury, which can contaminate the environment. This is why regular light bulbs require compliant disposal, while LED lights are recyclable.
Quality of Light
LEDs distribute light more efficiently by focusing light in one direction and emitting a better quality of light than the typical light bulb. Overall, better lighting means less lights are needed to achieve the same level of brightness, reducing energy consumption. Better yet, LED lights are known for having a longer lifespan, requiring less maintenance and less strain on your wallet.
Cost of LED
The great news for the consumer is that, overall, LED lights dropped in price 50 percent during 2015. So updating your whole house in LED lamps and fixtures is far more affordable than ever before.
Article by Mark Honeycutt, CEO of Jiawei USA, the parent company of the Maximus Smart Security Light