Updating your lighting system is one of the most effective and affordable ways to upgrade your home or business. Switching from traditional bulbs to LED lights can provide significant savings on your utility bills, and reduce your overall maintenance costs. Still, there are some misinformed individuals who have let some of the common myths surrounding LEDs cloud their decision to move forward. At Mr. Electric, we've been installing LED lighting systems for residents and businesses in Atlanta, Suwanee, Sandy Springs, Roswell and other metro area cities for years. We've gained a lot of experience and knowledge about these power house bulbs along the way, and want to help energy consumers discover their benefits. If you've been wondering which LED rumors are true or false, then this post is for you. LED Lighting Installation
Some people believe that LED's have an eternal shelf life. Unfortunately, this isn't the case. While LED's do eventually fade over time, they normally keep up to 70 percent of their effectiveness for 6 years or more. That's equivalent to around 50,000 hours of lighting.
Cost Too Much
This rumor is often spread by those who haven't actively shopped for LED lighting for a few years. Half a decade ago, LED lights were much more expensive than they are today. Thankfully, advancements in technology has significantly reduced their price tag, making them widely available to the masses for low cost. LED lights may still be priced slightly over the cost of traditional incandescent bulbs, but the 80% reduction in energy costs makes them a much better bargain long term.
Too New to Trust
LED's might seem like a new technology, but they have been widely used in a variety of capacities for more than a decade. They have been on the market long enough for home and business owners to fully understand their reliability and cost effectiveness.
Aren't Bright Enough for Businesses
LED lights are an excellent choice for businesses. There is a large range of lumen outputs, that makes it easy for companies in different industries choose the perfect lighting system for their needs. For example, a restaurant can choose bulbs with lower lumen output to enhance the ambiance for customers, while using bright lighting in the kitchen area for better visibility.
Limited Dimming Options
LED's don't require dimmers, but there are certainly many options available that do. If you enjoy having the ability to quickly change your lighting to fit your mood, choosing dimming bulbs can be the perfect solution. In fact, most LED's can even be integrated into smart home technologies for even more convenience.
Can't Be Used in Extreme Temperatures
LED lights have been thoroughly tested for temperature sensitivity with multiple independent studies. The results show that not only can LEDs stand up to higher temperatures as well as HIDs and fluorescents, but they have been shown to perform even better in colder climates. For near freezing or unusually hot conditions, you may need to purchase a specialized bulb that has been designed to meet your specific requirements.
Are Made with Mercury
Mercury is not used in the production of LEDs, but compact fluorescents (CFLs) do. A lot of people get these two energy saving bulbs confused. LED bulbs are completely mercury-free, so there's no reason to worry about hazardous materials.
Are You Ready to Upgrade to LED? Call Mr. Electric Today
If you're ready to make the leap and switch to new LED lighting, call the experts at Mr. Electric. Our certified, licensed and insured electricians are the most well respected in the industry and are ready to bring your lighting system into the 21st century. Contact our office today to find out more information or to schedule an appointment with one of our Atlanta area technicians.