Innovations in technology have positively impacted the electrical industry over the years, as we see more and more advanced, smart lighting solutions for both residential and commercial buildings. Standard incandescent light bulbs no longer reign supreme, nor are they the economical choice anymore. The differences between LED and traditional lights are numerous, so let’s dig in.
With no design changes since they were invented, incandescent light bulbs produce light via their tungsten filament when it is heated by running electricity. As the heat increases, so does the glow and the heat that emanate from the bulb, making it incredibly hot and often injurious to the touch. Due to this heat emanation, incandescent bulbs are highly inefficient and pose a threat of blowing up. This has resulted in a ban on their use in many countries including the United States. The ban also represents America’s move towards energy efficient solutions and gaining energy independence by relying on clean and renewable energy methods that protect consumers while improving efficiency and offering full utility to buildings, cars, etc. These harmless looking bulbs also contribute negatively to the environment, as they leave a sizable carbon footprint and contain mercury which is harmful to the environment, as well as human health. Other negative impacts of incandescent bulbs are:
- They cause damage to the retina, leading to loss of vision in severe cases
- The emission of greenhouse gases when bulbs emanate high heat in the summers
- Due to the difference in the pressure of air inside and outside the bulb, they pose a bursting risk that can turn into a full blown fire if not handled immediately
Light emitting diodes (LEDs) work in a much more complicated, nuanced way, compared to incandescent bulbs or compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL)—where light is produced when electricity runs through the gas inside the bulb. Due to their environmentally-friendly and energy efficient nature, the invention of LEDs led to its inventors winning the Nobel Prize in Physics. Producing white light that is comparable to natural light, LED bulbs consume up to 80% less power than traditional lighting sources. Since LED bulbs also last longer and are more durable, they should be the top lighting choice for residential as well as commercial buildings. Anyone looking for electrician services for the installation of LED bulbs in The Woodlands or neighboring Texas cities should get in touch with us at RHK Electrical for reliable and expert services. For any emergency services, call us at (832) 948-6019 at any time of the day. We also deal in electrical services, commercial and residential rewiring, sign services and complex electrical installations.