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Five Surprising Facts About LED Lights (And How They Can Improve Your Home)

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LED lights have multiple benefits, being found in everything from colored Christmas lights, traffic lights and even aircraft illumination. They boast many advantages over their traditional incandescent equivalents, and their positive effects can span into your home.

Here are five facts that prove LED lights are a better alternative to light up your living space.

1. LED Bulbs Reduce The Risk Of Household Fires

Incandescent bulbs emit a large amount of wasted heat energy and are an extremely inefficient light source.

According to research, for every 100 watts only 2.1% is light production, with the other 98 watts wasted on heat.

This means objects in the path of light can become warm as a result. A good alternative are GU10 LED bulbs available from the LED Lighting Depot.

Such modern high output LEDs redirect this heat away from the sensitive LED circuits into heat-sinks, meaning no heat is transferred in the bright light beams. Objects even inches away from the bulb will not become warm to the tough, meaning there is a significantly reduced potential for fire risks.

2. LED Lights Run Brighter In Colder Months

Installing LED lights into your home can help you forget about the cold, grey winter season. The efficiency of many types of lighting will drop as the temperature surrounding them decreases, and compact florescence will begin to operate worse: plunging you into a dull chill.

LED lights, however, will actually increase their brightness when the temperature drops, as the bulb and accompanying fixtures are designed to run at nominal temperatures. This makes them the perfect choice for exterior and garden lighting.

3. LED Lights Can Iradicate Bug Infestations In A Green Way

Both internal and external lighting can attract bugs due to the UV rays emitted, which are useless waste product of common bulbs. In addition to this, bugs will also be attracted to the blue spectrum of light, which can be found in LED lights with colour temperatures of 3200k and higher.

As LED lights emit no UV rays they offer a simple solution to discouraging insects around your home lights and reducing bug infestations. Ensure you use “Warm White” coloured LEDs to stop pesky and unwanted visitors.

4. Food Stays Fresher Under LED Lighting

Recently scientific observations revealed that meat displayed under LED lighting contained lower levels of bacteria compared to other lighting sources.

They have therefore become the popular choice of lighting in supermarkets, restaurants, delicatessens and kitchens alike.

LED lights do not emit ultraviolet rays, unlike other natural and artificial sources of light, meaning they do not damage or reduce the nutrient levels in your food. They will also keep food fresher for a longer period of time, as they not give-off any heat.

5. LED Lights Can Reduce Your Energy Bills

The high-tech components of LEDs mean they use at least 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs. As they are so efficient at conserving energy, they can help to reduce energy costs in your home. LED lights last 35 to 50 times longer than the traditional incandescent lights and up to 5 times longer than fluorescents. This means that even the most expensive of LED bulbs will end up paying for itself in energy savings throughout its lifetime.

They can also make a significant difference to the environment, especially when you take into consideration that a 100-watt incandescent bulb takes approximately 714 pounds of coal to power for 24 hours a day in one year.

The U.S. Department of Energy has estimated that the widespread adoption of LED lighting in the next two decades will prevent the need for 40 new power plants, reduce electricity demand for lighting by 33% and save around £172 billion.

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