When you think of LED, you may think of the display on your phone, or the little lights on things like your dishwasher and microwave. However, LED can also be used to create ordinary looking light bulbs, that you can use in your lamps and light fittings. LED is a very good alternative to conventional incandescent light bulbs for a variety of reasons. Here we take a look at why switching to LED lighting throughout your home can make it greener, and save you lots of money, as well as why LED light bulbs can also help you create some beautiful lighting effects normal bulbs can’t.
LED is Vastly More Energy Efficient
Though things vary between manufacturers, it is no exaggeration to say that an LED bulb will use up to 85% less energy to run than a regular light bulb. If you think about how many lights you have in your home and how often they are on over the course of the year, then saving 85% of that power is going to seriously lower your carbon footprint, as well as of course, saving you money on electricity. Whether you are trying to make your home more energy efficient to be kind to the planet or to tighten your belt financially, LED is going to help you out a lot! Another thing to be aware of is that an LED light bulb will last for about 20 years longer than a normal incandescent bulb, so you won’t be spending money on replacements any time soon!
LED Offers a Lot of Design Options
As well as being cheaper and greener to run, LED lights offer a lot more flexibility when it comes to brightness and light color. If you want to have lights that give off a bright pink glow, you can! Normal bulbs are made into colored bulbs by changing the color of the glass, the actual light itself isn’t colored. With LED, the light can be, so you can even have lights that change color if you want to! LED lights can also be any shape or size, from the tiny little fairy lights you might want to use to give your yard an attractive look for an evening party, or put on your tree during the holidays, to large lamps. It is also easy to find LED lights that can be used outdoors, so you can illuminate your patio or pool are in any way you choose with LED lights.
Another place LED lights can be used where other styles of lighting would be difficult to manage is in the shower. You can have beautiful colored light to help relax or invigorate you as you shower, or even a pretty light show that shifts between all of the spectrum. This is something that is becoming quite common in the showers at high end sports and health clubs, but with LED you can have it in your own home!
With so many benefits, there really is no good reason not to switch your home’s lighting to LED. You can create a fantastic new look for your home and garden, and save money in the process!
Lisa Stevens is an interior design blogger with a special interest in greener, more energy efficient homes. She switched to LED lights for their energy saving benefits but soon fell in love with them from a design point of view too!