A Cost-Saving Upgrade
LED lights are more expensive than traditional filament and gas solutions in many cases; but only at the beginning. The prime advantages of LED lighting solutions are longevity and energy conservation. Since LEDs require less electricity to provide essentially the same illumination, they save money.
When these utility savings are coupled with the natural long life of LEDs, over time they become cheaper than other lighting options. The key to deriving value from LED solutions as replacements for conventional lighting involves looking at their installation as an investment.
But certainly, there is a broad array of LED usefulness that comes about not because of any need for replacement of existing options, but because LED does it best.
Many of us have been to a concert where there has been a massive, detailed, brilliantly lit “screen” behind the performers. Sometimes the shapes and colors are configured in ways that are traditionally unconventional. Instead of a rectangular screen in the background, there are a variety of shapes silhouetting the stage, and at varying levels of closeness; simulating three-dimensions.
There is also COB, or Chip On Board LED. This is where hundreds of tiny LEDs are packed together in a dense array on a chip. This way they’re able to increase their level of luminosity substantially. Such lighting has become a horticultural game-changer in many ways.
LED lighting solutions have a diminished impact on the environment. Cumulatively, as more LEDs are installed either in a replacement or qualitatively unique capacity, the energy cost which would otherwise be associated with them is curtailed.
The less energy you can use individually, the less energy must be manufactured. As communities are able to acquire solutions which rescind their reliance on grid technology, the need for such massive energy juggernauts will diminish. As solar technology, and other sustainable means of energy production, become prominent, this will gradually happen.
There’s no use forcing the change; that’s like trying to make a tree get taller by pulling on it. If it’s a sapling, you could pull it out by the roots. If it’s larger, then perhaps it will merely begin to grow in strange directions.
An extremely affordable way to adopt sustainable means of technological utility measures is to gradually phase out existing methods of energy. You don’t have to blanket your house in solar; start with a couple panels designed to carry the load of one or two rooms. Slowly expand as you see how it works, what energy is covered, and how best to implement it.
Solar panels right now are seventy cents a Watt, meaning you can find a 100-Watt panel for $70, somewhere. That’s all you need for most of the day every day on a laptop. Find a portable panel and you can run your computer all day on a hill in the forest.
For those with a knack for artistry or film, imagine the possibilities that come from being able to maintain electricity in such remote, pristine locations.
If you phase in solar technology with LED lighting solutions, you can retain the lighting effect you’re used to while saving energy and maximizing your free solar power. From motorhomes to do-it-yourself motorhomes, to grid-free compounds, this is a recommendable solution.
There are some surprisingly bright options, too. According to ATG, LED Manufacturer, LED canopy lights deliver “…brilliant illumination with application in parking lots, airports, and campuses. [They] offer glare free and uniform lighting.”
Running such lights from an energy sink (read: car battery) connected to a solar panel can light your property like any old motion-sensor security light connected to a conventional power source. Phase in LED and solar tech, phase out the grid, save money on utility costs, and you can become energy independent while increasing your property’s value.