Commercial Electrician Debunks LED Lighting Myths

From candlelight to incandescent bulbs, humanity’s journey through lighting has been an enlightening journey, if you will excuse the pun. But in recent years, a shining star has emerged in the lighting realm – LED lighting. You might wonder if you are fully tech-savvy on this wonderful innovation or not. So today we will uncover some of the most common myths surrounding LED lighting, unravelling the truths that lie beneath the marketing glow and urban legends.

The Use Of LED Lighting

LED lights – they are in more places than you probably know about, from your cosy reading lamp, fridges, surgical equipment and spectacles to the dazzling streetlights that guide you home. You might have heard whispers of its energy efficiency, long lifespan and dazzling versatility. But just like any rockstar, LED lighting has attracted its fair share of myths and misconceptions. In this helpful exploration, we’re turning the spotlight on these myths to reveal the true benefits of this innovative product.

Shining A Commercial Electrician’s Light On LED

Before we dive into the myths, let’s set the stage. LED, or Light Emitting Diode, is a semiconductor device that emits light when an electric current passes through it. LED lighting, born from this ingenious technology, has been around since the 1960s, but it wasn’t until a few decades later that it stepped into the spotlight for commercial use. 

The late 1990s saw the first LED lighting systems being used by electricians in offices, hospitality venues and homes, and since then, it’s been illuminating our lives with its energy-efficient glow in more and more attractive ways. 

The advancement of the housing and reflectors used with LED technology has made it possible for this product to move from a strongly utilitarian use to highly decorative and light-sensitive applications. 

In addition, complementary components have been added to explode the array of uses for LED. With this information on hand, let’s address some of the myths.

  • Myth 1: LED lighting is incompatible with existing fixtures

Remember the days when LED lighting and existing light fixtures were like oil and water? Well, those days are long gone. It’s true that early LED options didn’t quite work with traditional fixtures, but modern LED lighting solutions have evolved. Today, you can find LED bulbs designed to seamlessly slide into your existing bulb sockets. If you’re ready for a lighting revolution, our team of experts can craft a tailored LED retrofit that takes your space from drab to fab.

  • Myth 2: LED lights are blindingly bright

Ah, the old tale of LED lights being too bright for comfort. While LED lighting does offer incredible luminosity, that is a guarantee, however, you won’t need to wear sunglasses indoors. Early LED models weren’t always compatible with dimmer switches, which led to glaring over-illumination. Fear not! The advancement of light housing and reflectors has created a huge range of subtle and ambient lighting options. 

In addition, our team specialises in creating LED lighting setups that give you control over brightness, so you can find your perfect level of radiance e.g. reflecting light off of ceilings. It takes an expert to get lighting perfect, whether it’s incandescent or LED.

  • Myth 3: LED lights are a bank-breaker

Let’s address the elephant in the room: the upfront cost. Some say LED lighting is like buying a luxury car – expensive but oh-so-worth it. While it’s true that LED bulbs might be pricier at the checkout, they’re not just lighting up your space; they’re also lighting up your savings. 

LEDs are energy-efficient marvels, slashing your utility bills like a superhero with some clients reporting a 1000% saving. Plus, their impressive lifespan means fewer replacements, adding more coins to your piggy bank.

  • Myth 4: LED Lighting is a one-trick pony

You might think LED lights are all about the cold, clinical white light. But hold on, there’s a twist in this tale. LED technology is a multi-talented resource pool nowadays, offering a spectrum of hues that can transform your ambience. From cosy warm tones reminiscent of candlelight to vibrant colours that set the mood for a festival or party, LED lighting bends to your every whim. 

So, if you thought LEDs were a one-trick pony, consider this myth officially busted!

  • Myth 5: LED lights are harmful to the environment

Trees hugging incandescent bulbs – a lovely image, but not quite accurate. Incandescent bulbs lose 80% of the energy that they draw down from the grid and heat interiors which, in turn, requires greater power consumption from airconditioners – a double whammy. LED lights:

  • Use 90% less energy than incandescent bulbs
  • Last 130 times longer than incandescent bulbs and 10 times longer than CFL bulbs
  • Generate almost zero heat therefore less airconditioning is required
  • Do not contain mercury like fluorescent lamps
  • Have higher breakage resistance therefore elevating the “130 times lifespan” factor
  • And were shown to have 70% less environmental impact than CFLs (US Dept Of Energy)

There is a small percentage of harmful elements in LED lights but as they are used for such extremely long periods of time, it is decades before they are disposed of. 

Having said that, it is important for our government to develop a recycling program that can accommodate the new technologies that are commercially available.

  • Myth 6: LED Lighting is a fad, not the future

In a world of technological leaps, it’s natural to wonder if LED lighting will be dethroned by the next big thing. However, LED’s reign seems far from over. As technology advances, LED lighting is only getting better. And yes, while researchers are exploring alternative lighting options, LED’s energy efficiency and versatility make it a tough act to follow.

LED Lighting Benefits To Commercial Electricians

With these myths demystified, let’s bask in the glow of LED lighting’s benefits. 

First, the unparalleled energy efficiency of LED lighting slashes your bills while lighting up your life. 

Second, their impressive lifespan ensures you won’t need to replace bulbs as often, saving you time, money and a whole lot of hassle. 

Third, customisable brightness and colour options allow you to set the mood for any occasion. 

Lastly, the eco-friendly nature of LEDs keeps your conscience as light as the energy they save.

The Bright Future Of Lighting

While LED lighting is a star in its own right, what’s next on the horizon? 

Researchers are exploring Organic LEDs (OLEDs) that promise even greater energy efficiency and flexibility in design. These OLEDs are poised to illuminate curved surfaces, flexible screens and maybe even our clothing. 

While the future is bright, LED lighting remains a steadfast beacon of efficiency and versatility.

Switch On To A Brighter Tomorrow

In conclusion, LED lighting isn’t just a ray of hope; it’s a shining reality. The myths that once shrouded its brilliance have been dispelled, leaving behind the undeniable truth of its efficiency, versatility, and overall awesomeness. 

So, whether you’re upgrading your home’s lighting or revamping a commercial space, embrace the LED revolution. Our team at Waterman Electrics is here to make your transition to LED lighting as smooth as silk. Illuminate your world and save the planet – that’s a bright idea we can all get behind.

Light up savings with LED brilliance! Illuminate your space today.