Are LED Lights Really Good For The Environment?

There has been a lot of greenwashing over the past decade, so it is understandable, and, in fact, welcomed that utility management, remote metering and energy management clients want to verify how eco-friendly products really are compared to their marketing hype. 

In this blog, we discuss LED lights and their level of eco-friendliness. We believe they are an excellent option for homes, commercial, and retail spaces. Here are our reasons why.

Energy Efficiency Stars

LED lighting is a superlative performer in the efficiency rankings. They slash lighting energy bills by up to 90% versus incandescent lights and, when compared to CFLs, up to 50%. Furthermore, national electricity grid pressure is reduced and the amount of fuel burned to generate electricity is reduced. 

Solar Power Aligned

LED lights are an excellent option when you are powering your building, or portions of your building, with solar power. This reduces the burning of fossil fuels even further!

Light Pollution Avoided

LED lights don’t have a fuzzy aura like incandescent lighting. Therefore, their light pollution or light “leaking” is significantly reduced.

Environment Heating Reduced

One of the top planet-friendly features of LED lighting is the superior conversion rate of electricity to light (up to 90%). This results in a fraction of the heat being produced compared to other lighting options. Less heat equals a happier planet.

Durability Bar None

LED lights have a monster of a lifespan! You can expect up to 50,000 hours! Considering that you probably have your lights on for 5 hours a day, that will equal about 27 years of lighting.  LED light manufacturing also means fewer light bulbs and packaging are in landfill, less manufacturing energy and manufacturing waste and less consumption of resources. How many wins is that?

Greater Safety

LED lights contain advanced solid-state technology, are 100% sealed, highly resistant to vibrations and impact, and can withstand harsh weather conditions. Their lower voltage, lack of fragile glass parts, and extreme durability mean they have a very low shock risk level or risk of being cut by glass shards.

No Noise Pollution

Unlike other lights that produce buzzing, humming or vibrations, LEDs don’t. Thus, their use reduces noise pollution.

Bug Off!

Put on an incandescent bulb and you’re soon developing a moth and bug zoo because of the warmer surface area and the wavelength of that specific light. Those two attractants are not present in LED lights.

Plant Growth Enhancer

Studies show that regular bulbs can harm a plant if they are too nearby because of the consistent increase in heat. Choosing LED lighting in your landscaping will be far more plant friendly and won’t stress out the plants.


Compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) have up 5 milligrams of mercury in every bulb and there are millions of these bulbs in landfills around the world! LED lights do not contain any hazardous chemicals.

Carbon Footprint

LED lights have a tiny carbon footprint compared to incandescent or CFL bulbs. An LED bulb will emit 80% LESS greenhouse gases (GHG) than an incandescent bulb when compared on a same-light-emission basis. They emit 50% less GHG versus CFLs.

Get in touch with us at Energy Management Solutions today to discuss how we can assist you to reduce and save.