Savvy consumers recognize LED lighting is a smart choice. Usually, people see a notable ROI within one year of installing and using LED lights. And this energy-efficient lighting often lasts for 25,000 to 100,000 hours or longer. Despite its impressive lifespan, consumers can get even more from their investment. Discover simple ways to extend the lifespan of LED lighting at home and at work.
Control the Use of LED Lights
With so many hours on an LED bulb, why should you control the usage? Consider LED lights get dimmer when they are left on for a long time. This decreases the efficiency of the lighting and makes people want to replace it sooner than necessary. Turn off the lights when they are not in use. Make sure to limit the hours LED lights are being used so they remain bright and functional for many hours to come. Keep in mind LED lights can start to dim after just 10,000 hours of use.
Traditional bulbs get hot after hours of use. People instantly recognize the light is hot and should be turned off for awhile. LED lighting is cool so it’s difficult to know when to shut it off to “cool down.” But regardless of temperature, it matters to turn off LED lights so they have a cooling phase and last longer. Keep track of lighting use and don’t keep them on all the time. And consider how the lights are being used. For example, an LED bulb in an enclosed lighting fixture heats up faster.
On and Off
Do you remember when adults told you as a kid to stop playing with the lights? Turning them on and off what annoying, and you were told not to do it. Keep that old advice in mind for LED lights. It does not make sense to turn the lights on and off every hour or so to reduce usage. When they are constantly switched on and off, it shortens the lifespan. The goal is to determine when lighting is needed most, use it for that designated period, then shut off the lights for several hours. Doing so will increase the lifespan of your LED lights.
Motion Sensor Lighting
Outdoor lights keep properties more secure. People want outside lights at home and at work to ensure they can see potential intruders, wildlife, and obstacles. Plus, lighting deters thieves and makes properties usable throughout all the hours of the day and night. Instead of having lights on for hours when nobody is there, install motion sensor lighting. When somebody walks by or accesses the area, the lights automatically turn on. And this can be an excellent security feature for a minimal investment.
If you forget to turn lights on and off as needed, you are not alone. And sometimes people are away from the office or out of town, making it impossible to control lighting in-person. Timed lighting is a smart choice. Decide when to turn the lights on and off each day then let it happen. And this is a benefit when you are gone because nobody will know about it – the lights are still operating as usual. Another option is remote lighting. With this feature, people can operate lights from anywhere using a smartphone or mobile device.
With a few basic changes, you can get even longer time from your LED lighting. And the reduced energy use is sure to have a positive impact on your utility bills.
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