LEDs are safer than other types of bulbs

There are a number of potential health and safety benefits to upgrading your lights to LEDs.

Innovation is continuing in the lighting industry on a number of fronts. Not only are manufacturers developing more efficient light bulbs, but they are also longer-lasting, more affordable and safer to use.

The use of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) poses few, if any, health risks to homeowners or business customers – something that cannot be said for various other types of lighting. LEDs are easy to install, hard-wearing and environmentally-friendly, meaning they are suitable for use in many different locations and scenarios.

Because of the way LEDs are designed and the way they generate light there are few potential risks to users. Here are some of the potential health and safety benefits of upgrading your lights:

Toxic substances

Some types of lighting solution – such as high pressure sodium, compact fluorescents and metal halides – contain toxic substances such as mercury. So if the bulbs break, or are not disposed in the appropriate way, this can create obvious risks to human health.

LEDs do not contain mercury, making them much safer and also more environmentally friendly. Consumers still need to dispose of LEDs in the correct manner, but there is less chance of poisonous substances being released into the atmosphere should something go wrong.

No smashed glass

One of the common problems with incandescent light bulbs was when they were dropped on a hard surface, or shattered due to overheating.

In order for the light to shine clearly, the glass used for these bulbs is very thin – and this makes them very fragile. It doesn’t take a power surge to shatter the bulbs – just a small bump can have the same effect.

This could see tiny shards of glass cover a room, creating risks for everyone, but particularly children and pets who may not be aware of the dangers. It is all too easy to be cut by a shard of glass.

Sometimes bulbs can break in the socket, causing another difficulty for the user. They need to remove the base of the bulb safely without cutting themselves, but this can be problematic as there is little left to grab onto.

By contrast, LED bulbs are shatter-proof, meaning there are no broken glass risks in the event a bulb fails or is accidentally dropped.

Low heat

The majority of the energy consumed by incandescent bulbs is used to generate heat, rather than light. These bulbs create light by passing an electric current through a resistive filament. In order to work, the filament must be heated to a very high temperature – something which ultimately leads the bulbs to burn out.

So not only are incandescents inefficient from an energy perspective, but they also get very hot to touch. Young children or pets coming into contact with lamps or other fittings which use a bulb could get burnt. These bulbs stay hot for some time after they have been turned off, meaning the full extent of the danger is not always apparent.

LEDs do not generate heat, even after being lit for many hours. As such, there is no danger of anybody getting burnt should they touch the bulb.

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