Five Brilliant Ways LED Track Lighting Is Better For The Environment

by Nicola Temple on February 3, 2012

LED track lighting is an eco friendly option for creating glorious lighting effects in your home; whether you are looking to create warmth, accentuate an interest point, or shed light  for specific tasks.

We all know lighting is a critical component of interior design, capable of setting the mood for a room. However, green consumers also know that lighting is where a huge portion of the energy bill gets used up each month.

Luckily, LED (light emitting diode) technology is advancing by leaps and bounds, making it the next generation in home lighting.

As the cost of producing LEDs is going down, they are replacing many traditional lights and can be seen pretty much everywhere including in traffic lights and flashlights.

However, when it comes to interior lighting, the biggest advancement has been grouping LED in clusters with diffuser lenses to spread the light beam. This has diversified their application within the home and now they are being placed on traditional bases so that LED light bulbs can be used in existing fixtures.

LED track lighting

LED track lighting, such as this under-the-cabinet set, is a better investment over the long term than incandescent options.

Brilliant in so many ways…

Long lasting – LED lights last up to ten times longer than compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) and up to fifty times longer than an incandescent bulb.

Stay cool – Lights can generate a lot of heat and adds to the room temperature, which is fine in winter but not so nice in summer. Of course, from an energy perspective that heat is also wasted energy. LEDs give off about 3.4 BTUs (British Thermal Units) per hour compared with 85 BTUs/hr for an incandescent or halogen bulb.

Low wattage – An incandescent bulb that is 60 Watts (which is a measure of energy conversion) is only 14 Watts in a CFL and only 6 Watts in an LED, meaning the LED is by far the most efficient at converting energy into light.

Durable – There is no filament in an LED, which makes them more durable against bumps than incandescent bulbs.

Mercury-free – Best of all, unlike CFLs, LEDs are mercury free, which means they are easier to dispose of at the end of their life.

Overall cost savings – Though LED lights are more expensive initially, a cost comparison over time, indicates that when the cost of electricity and the longevity of the bulb is taken into account, LEDs are the best investment.

If you’re looking to convert to LED track lighting, let me first say that if you currently have track lighting you’re happy with, then just replace your 50 Watt halogen bulbs or incandescents with 6 Watt LED bulbs. You can even get dimmable bulbs. Converting existing tracks by switching bulbs is better for your wallet and the planet.

However, if you’re in need of the entire track kit, they’re available too; for example 5-light tracks, wireless under cabinet tracks, or even flexible tracks that can be cut to length and joined with other tracks.

Before you go shopping for your LED track lighting though, consider whether you’re looking for warm light (mood setting) or cool light (for tasks such as reading), whether you need it to be flexible or directional, and how you’re lighting needs might change so that you make a purchase that lasts you a very long time…goodness knows the bulbs will!

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