Does switching to LED lights really make a difference? You bet it does. Here are some things to think about:

  • You'll use less energy for lighting. Up to 80%, by some estimates, compared to incandescent lighting.
  • LEDs cost less to operate. Much less. Lower energy costs mean payback can be as little as a year or two for converting to LED lights.
  • You'll spend less time and effort on lighting maintenance. Instead of changing bulbs every two years and ballasts every five, you can leave your LED lamps alone for 10 years or more, even if they're on all the time.
  • LEDs are durable. They're resistant to vibrations, shock, external impacts, and frequent on/off switching, so they'll survive weather, construction, heavy use, and vandalism much better than other lighting alternatives. Plus, they operate well in both very hot or very cold temperatures.
  • They're instant-on, dimmable, and easier to control. Determine how much light-and at what colors/wavelengths-is generated where and when, for energy savings or to enhance productivity, mood, or plant growth.
  • They're friendly to the environment. LEDs are free of toxic chemicals, lead free, and are 100% recyclable, and they'll reduce your carbon footprint.
  • They'll help you qualify for energy rebates, tax credits, and other incentives from various government entities.

One more important thing: LED means light-emitting diode, and that's a digital semiconductor device. Going from analog (incandescent, fluorescent, etc.) lighting to digital lighting means you have in place a fundamental building block for a computing and communications platform.

Sounds too good to be true? Other digital networks have been built on the back of existing infrastructures. Consider:

  • Railroad right-of-ways enabled the Internet backbone.
  • The telephone network provided dial-up Internet access.
  • The cable TV network blossomed into the broadband (high-speed) Internet.
  • High-rise buildings became the base stations for the 3G/4G mobile network.

Similarly, your conversion to LED lighting offers an unparalleled opportunity to use an existing infrastructure to simultaneously create a new digital network-a Light Sensory Network.