Five Myths About Upgrading to LED Lighting

While many retailers, government buildings and home owners are upgrading to LED lighting, many are still hesitant to join the growing trend. Here are some myths, debunked, that are holding people back from making the switch.

LED Lighting Costs Too Much Money

While the initial purchase of LED bulbs does cost more money than buying standard incandescent ones, LEDs last almost 25 times longer and have less maintenance cost, saving you money in the end.. You get a great return on investment because you’ll be saving power
(75% less!), and you only switch your bulbs once every two-plus decades.

LEDs Don’t Give Off Enough Light

LEDs give off lots of light, just in more concentrated and direct areas than incandescents. LEDs are high efficiency lights, meaning their light is more concentrated on the places where you want them to be.

LEDs Aren’t Safe

LED lights are very safe. They do not contain mercury, and emit a very little amount of UV radiation. This is why many museums use LED lighting—because UV radiation damages artwork, fabrics, and furniture over time. Also, unlike incandescent lights, LEDs are cold to the touch so you don’t have to worry about burning yourself or unintentional heat release.

LEDs Are Only for Overhead Lighting

While a primary use for LED bulbs is for overhead lighting, they are used in everyday objects because of their versatility, safety, and ability to go through lots of abuse before they break. They are used in traffic lights, car brake lights, and street lights because they can stand many weather conditions, are resistant to shock and vibration, and turn on quickly. They are also used for shop signs, TV and computer monitors, and Christmas lights!

LED Lighting is Just a Trend!

LED lighting has been a growing market since Energy Star program began certifying lamps that met LED high quality standards (starting time, life expectancy, color, consistency of performance). Many companies and even universities began developing LED bulbs,all with the same focus of energy efficiency. The U.S. Department of Energy has projected that by 2030, LED lighting will make up 74% of sales on the general illumination market, nearly doubling its estimate for 2020’s LED sales.