You’re highly likely to have some form of LED lighting in your home, if not you have heard of LED lighting and most probably the benefits it provides.
LED lightbulbs are more efficient, environmentally friendly and safer than CFL (compact fluorescent light) and traditional incandescent bulbs.
When you understand how different types of bulbs work, you can easily see why LED bulbs are the best.
How Incandescent Light bulbs work
The incandescent bulb (invented by Thomas Eddison) uses electrical current to heat a tungsten filament housed in a glass bubble. The current heats the filament until it’s hot enough to produce light. Incandescent bulbs emit a lot of heat so are the least energy-efficient of all bulbs
How Fluorescent Light Bulbs Work
Fluorescent tubes are coated in a phosphor which converts UV light into standard light. Mercurys ionised in the tube to force electrons to emit photons at UV frequencies (UV light). Fluorescent lights are more efficient than incandescent bulbs.
How LED Bulbs Work
LED stands for ‘Light Emitting Diode.’
An LED is a semiconductor that works with electrons
Sound to scientific? here’s how the Oxford dictionary describes semiconductors and electrons
“A solid substance that has a conductivity between that of an insulator and that of most metals, either due to the addition of an impurity or because of temperature effects. Devices made of semiconductors, notably silicon, are essential components of most electronic circuits.”
“A very small piece of matter (= a substance) with a negative electric charge, found in all atoms”
The electrical current that flows through your electrical system and LED bulbs is a flow of electrons that flow from a negative to a positive terminal.
As Electrons pass through the Semiconductor (the LED) light’s created, because of the way they work LED bulbs are more effective than other bulbs at transforming power into light.
Which provides the following benefits
- Less energy is required to light the bulb, so LED’s are far more efficient than CFL and Incandescent bulbs
- LED’s don’t emit as much heat. Most of the energy is converted to light only a small percentage escapes as heat
- LED bulbs light areas more efficiently, so fewer bulbs are required to light areas of your home
- LED bulbs last longer so you end up replacing bulbs on a less frequent basis
- LED lamps are made from non-toxic materials
- You save money on your energy spend, you bulb spend, and less greenhouse gas is released into the atmosphere
A win-win for you and the planet