Shining a light on the truth about LEDs
Over the years, LED technology has come a long way. And while many British Columbians are well-versed on the many benefits of switching to LEDs, there are still a few lingering misconceptions about this type of lighting.
The average home in B.C. has about 35-40 light bulb sockets, and more than half of those still contain inefficient lighting, such as incandescent bulbs. We want to shed some light on some of the myths around LEDs that might be preventing you from switching out those last few bulbs.
Here are 6 common myths about LED lights debunked:
Okay, it’s true that LED bulbs and fixtures generally have an upfront cost that’s more than traditional incandescent or fluorescent light sources. However, the price of LEDs has fallen drastically in the past 3-5 years and although there is a small initial investment, LED lighting can pay for itself within a few years because of the amount of money you’ll save on electricity costs.
They don’t last as long as advertised
When you purchase an LED bulb, you want to make sure that it lasts. Unfortunately, not all LEDs are created equally. That’s why there’s a price range when purchasing LEDs. To make sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck, be sure to opt for ENERGY STAR® LEDs. These have been evaluated and tested for performance.
One of the other factors that can cause an LED to burn out before its expected lifespan is using it improperly. To ensure you’re getting the most out of your lighting, here are a few things to avoid:
◦ Enclosed fixtures with no air flow
◦ Older, non-compatible dimmers
◦ Installing the wrong bulb type
They’re not bright enough
You can get just as much light from an LED bulb as you can from a traditional incandescent light bulb, the main difference being that the LED will use a lot less energy to produce the same amount of light. When replacing an incandescent bulb, you’ll want to check the lumens (the measure of light output (or brightness) to make sure you’re getting the amount of light you want.
Check out our fact sheet to help you choose the right bulb.
They’re too blue
If the thought of LEDs still makes you think of cold, blueish-white light, it’s time to get acquainted with today’s LEDs. Not only do they come in a wide range of shapes and sizes you can also choose your light colour. Light colour is measured in Kelvins, the higher the number, the whiter and cooler the light. The lower the number, the more yellow or warmer the light.
Check out our visual guide to choosing the right light for every room.
They don’t work in cold temperatures
LEDs run even more efficiently in cold environments. They also emit far less heat than traditional incandescent which makes them perfect to operate in areas that you want to keep cool.
They’re bad for the environment
In terms of their contents, LEDs are much safer than fluorescent lighting. LEDs are made without toxic substances, such as lead and mercury. They’re also 100% recyclable.
Take stock of the lights in your home and work to replace them with ENERGY STAR® LEDs to save on your electricity bill.