Most people know by now that LEDs use less energy and are the future of lighting. And they may have a rough understanding that because they use less energy, they are environmentally-friendly. But why exactly? Why LEDs are the eco-friendly lighting option and why replacing just one incandescent with an LED in your home can make a huge impact on our Earth?
Why LEDs Are The Eco-Friendly Lighting Choice
According to the EPA, “In 2013, the electricity sector was the largest source of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, accounting for about 31% of the U.S total.”
According to a study by the Department of Energy, “By 2027, widespread use of LEDs could save about 348
terawatt hours (compared to no LED use) of electricity: This is the equivalent annual electrical output of 44 large electric power plants (1000 megawatts each), and a total savings of more than $30 billion at today’s electricity prices.”
LEDs Can Last Over 50,000Hrs
Which means reduced air & water pollution due to less packaging shipping & transportation (Transportation sector = 2nd largest producer of greenhouse gas emissions)
LEDs Reduce Solid Waste & Lack Harmful Chemicals
LEDs contain no mercury and are free of other hazardous chemicals which can have negative effects on our water supply, aquatic life, and the food we consume.
For every incandescent you replace with an LED, you are preventing 50 1,000-hour incandescent bulbs from being thrown away.
LEDS vs CFLS and INCANDESCENTS
The Department of Energy released a study of the environmental impacts between incandescents, CFLs, and LEDs. LEDs beat out all other lighting options in each category by a landslide.
LED lighting solutions save energy, reduce harmful emissions, are better for the environment, free of hazardous chemicals that can effect your health, and save your money. Seems like a clear choice to us.