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Top 8 Benefits of LED Lighting Upgrades


You probably don’t give much thought to the lighting in your Tallahassee home during the course of a day. That is unless it fails to come on when you flick its switch. In that case, you probably search for a new light bulb to replace the burnt-out one. However, are you replacing it with an LED (light-emitting diode) bulb?

If not, you’re missing out on many of the benefits of LED lighting over other forms of lighting. You probably know that LED lighting is superior to other options, but perhaps you investigated it a decade ago and found it cost-prohibitive.

Well, the electrical experts of Tallahassee’s Meeks Electrical Services can tell you that the price of LED lighting has plummeted by more than 80% since the technology became widely available in the mid-2000s. Meanwhile, the efficiency, versatility, and types of LED lightbulbs have significantly expanded within the same time frame. With this in mind, we believe it’s time for you to review the top eight benefits of LED lighting upgrades.

1. Save Money on Electric Bills

Depending on the type, an LED lightbulb uses 75% to 90% less energy than an equivalent incandescent bulb. Because lighting accounts for about 10% of a typical U.S. homeowner’s utility bill, a complete switch to LED lighting in your household could cut 8% to 9% off your annual billing. You might also realize incremental savings in cooling costs, as, unlike incandescent light bulbs, LEDs generate hardly any heat.

2. Save Money on Longevity

LED lightbulbs may still cost far more than equivalent incandescent bulbs, but the extra expense is amortized over time because LEDs can last up to 20 years. By the time you must replace an LED, you will probably have paid more to replace a burned-out incandescent over the years.

3. LEDs are the Greenest Option

By shifting to LED lighting, you help the environment by reducing your carbon footprint. If the roughly 50% of U.S. households that haven’t yet switched to LED make the switch, it could cut up to 44 million metric tons of carbon dioxide annually. Additionally, LED lighting is not manufactured with mercury or other hazardous materials typically used for other lightbulbs. LEDs are completely recyclable, unlike incandescent, compact fluorescent, and halogen lights.

4. LEDs Provide Instant Brightness and Are Dimmable

While most lighting types take time to reach full brightness, LED lightbulbs reach full brightness as soon as they’re turned on. Unlike compact fluorescent bulbs, LEDs are fully dimmable, allowing for easy light output adjustments according to need or the atmosphere you want to illuminate.

5. LED Bulbs Do Not Emit UV Rays

Unlike most lighting types, LED bulbs do not emit ultraviolet (UV) rays and only minimal infrared light. This feature has long made LED lighting a top choice for museums, art galleries, and other places containing UV- and heat-sensitive items.

6. Robust and Less Prone to Breakage

LED lightbulbs are much tougher than other bulbs, making them resistant to breakage and able to withstand shocks, vibrations, and other impacts that often cause other bulbs to burn out. If they do break, they don’t burst and create sharp shards, and they don’t release mercury or other chemicals.

7. Operate in Extreme Temperatures

Of all lighting types, LEDs work most effectively in extreme temperatures. Frigid temperatures can reduce the light output of incandescent and fluorescent light options, while excessive heat can cause premature burnout or reduce the bulb’s lifespan. In general, LEDs are much more tolerant of temperature variations and should be able to keep things bright when they range into the extreme.

8. Flexible Lighting Options

There are LED lightbulb types to replace any form of lighting in your home, whether chandelier, recessed, pendant, spot, wall wash, desk lamp, or any existing fixture in your Tallahassee home. Additionally, LED lighting’s versatility provides a wide choice of light colors and tones.

Explore Your Lighting Options with Tallahassee’s Meeks Electrical

Along with upgrading your lightbulbs to LED, consider modernizing light delivery throughout your home. With almost 50 different types of lighting fixtures to choose from, you can transform the look of your home’s interior with lighting designs that provide ambient, accent, and task lighting as needed and desired. For the best professional light installation in the Tallahassee area, contact the professional electricians of Meeks Electrical at (850) 575-3201.