Emilygrene Electric is proud to design and install innovative LED lighting technologies for homes and businesses. Mainly, because LED lights are amazing! I know, we may be biassed, but upgrading your existing fluorescent or halogen bulbs to LED fixtures can provide so many benefits for your family (or family of co-workers).
You can always get started today by scheduling a consultation with one of our expert technicians (just click here). But if you need more convincing before making the transition toward energy efficiency, our friends at Which? have compiled nine reasons that LED lights are changing the world (and can put some money back in your pocket).
Read on below to find out just how cool (and essential) LED lights can be.
The following is an excerpt from “Nine Amazing Things You Didn’t Know About LED Light Bulbs” written by Haddi Browne and originally published by Which?. For the complete article, visit www.which.co.uk.
- LED lights work better when its colder. Handily, as we head into the winter months, LEDs are a better choice for areas with colder temperatures, such as garages. Older compact fluorescent (CFL) stick-style light bulbs struggle in colder temperatures, and can take several minutes to reach full brightness.
- LED light bulbs can affect your sleep and concentration levels. Research has found that lighting that is as close as possible to natural sunlight can make you more alert and less sleepy during the day. Being under cool, bluer-hued lighting boosts alertness and reduces drowsiness in ways that are bad if you’re trying to sleep, but good during waking hours. Using the same LED bulb, you can tune the colour of light to match natural circadian rhythms, opting for a warmer, yellower light in the evening, and brighter, whiter light during the day.
- Blue LED lights can help food to stay fresh for longer. Blue LEDs have huge bacteria-killing potential. They’re increasingly being used inside fridges to help keep food fresh because they have a strong antibacterial effect, especially in cool temperatures. There’s even talk of blue light one day replacing the chemical preservatives added to food.
- LEDs can be used to disinfect hospitals. LEDs tuned to a specific part of the ultraviolet spectrum can kill germs in rooms, without the usual harmful side-effects of intense UV light. This can be applied in hospitals, surgery or other high-risk environments to aid with infection control.
- And they also help to get rid of spots and acne. LED light therapy, which combines red and blue LED light, is used by dermatologists to treat acne. The blue light penetrates pores and fights the bacteria that cause spots, while red light can reduce inflammation.
- Blue lighting can affect your mood and actions. Blue light has been shown to have a calming effect on people and research suggests it could be used to treat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). What’s more, blue lighting is being trialled in public spaces to cut anti-social behaviour, crime and suicides. There have been anecdotal successes in this area: installing blue lights on a train line in Japan dramatically decreased the number of suicides, while having blue-coloured street lights has reduced both the crime and suicide rates in Glasgow.
- LEDs can mimic real daylight. Innovative skylight brand Coelux has developed a special solid-state lighting (SSL) lightbox installation that gives the appearance of real sky, specific to your location, as seen through a fake skylight. Designed to bring light to basement developments, or other areas where natural light is scarce, the latest versions can even mimic sunsets and the night sky.
- LEDs can help plants to grow quicker and better, and even in space. LED light is proving to have a variety of useful effects in the world of plants. Switching older lamps for LEDs helped researchers in Australia to grow wheat twice as quickly, as they don’t give out as much heat, which was affecting the plants with the older lamps. LED light boxes trialled by NASA, who were trying to hit upon the best way to grow food in space, have now become a mainstream fixture in some high-end restaurants and urban areas. LED-lit hydroponic systems developed by Evogro grow plants without soil, using liquid nutrients and a carefully controlled light and temperature system designed to replicate ideal growing conditions.
- LEDs could be the future of data transfer thanks to Li-Fi. Your LED lights could soon be streaming your Netflix faster than ever before. Li-Fi, or Light Fidelity, uses light waves as opposed to the radio waves of Wi-Fi to transmit information, effectively harnessing LED light bulbs in your home as a kind of router. It’s gathering steam as the Next Big Thing, as manufacturers such as Philips (now renamed Signify) look for ways to make it viable.
LED lighting is the future of home improvement and doing better business. Take the first steps with an energy efficiency audit, and design an upgrade or retrofit that meets your budget and will surpass your expectations.
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