After years of research, trials, and errors, LED bulbs are finally starting to come good on their promise: an energy efficient light source that lasts a long time. While people are still to adopt this new lighting technology, it is only a matter of time before LED bulbs are everywhere. If you think they are going to go the same way as compact fluorescent bulbs, here are 7 reasons you are wrong.
7 reasons why LED bulbs are the future
We are more environmentally conscious than ever before. In fact, being environment-friendly is in fashion today. We want to do every bit we can in order to save this planet. LEDs are more energy efficient that any other man-made lighting source. In fact, they are almost 75% more efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs. As people become more aware of LEDs’ energy efficient benefits, and as the technology continues to evolve, we will see a faster adoption rate to this future of lighting.
LEDs on an average have a lifetime of 25,000 hours. To put that in perspective, an LED bulb can comfortably last for over a decade. With technological waste being a major cause of concern in our fight to make this planet healthier, we are bound to move towards technology that lasts a long time.
Unlike CFLs and halogens, LEDs are chip-driven. Thus, they can easily be configured to be in sync with your everyday living. For instance, they can be programmed to automatically switch off as you leave your home, and automatically switch on when you are just a couple of miles away. In fact, they can even be programmed to be in sync with your microwave oven to create the illusion that you are home, even while you are enjoying a beach vacation thousands of miles away. Possibilities are endless with LED bulbs. As we continue to use technology to make our lives simpler, LED bulbs are definitely going to be ubiquitous.
LED bulbs are more expensive than CFLs and halogens. However, if you compare the costs with what they were about a decade back, LEDs have witnessed a sharp decline in prices. As companies continue to mass-produce these bulbs, and as the demand for these energy-efficient bulbs rises, they will become even more affordable.
Better for your health
Compact fluorescent bulbs contain mercury, which can be hazardous to your health. Since LEDs are solid-state lighting, they do not have any harmful gases or liquids. They are safe for you, and for the environment too.
It’s good for the plants
As fertile land becomes scarcer, we are undertaking continuing experiments on how to grow our food inside. We have been successful with growing leafy greens such as lettuce, while experimentations are on with other kinds of food. It has been seen that LEDs are more conducive to growing food inside, since they run at cooler temperatures that are just perfect for plant growth. As our farms move inside, we are bound to see a fast rate of adoption to LED lighting.
McKinsey and other big players are predicting the same
According to McKinsey, value based market-share of LEDs in Europe will rise from a measly 9 percent to almost 70 percent by 2020. Forbes predicts that the global market share of LED bulbs will rise of 70% by 2020, fueled by residential and architectural demand. Usually, the big boys don’t go wrong with their predictions, which are backed by solid research.