LED lighting is a perfect example of how advancements in technology can save tremendous amounts of energy and money. However, though LEDs are loved for many reasons, they aren’t perfect – they certainly do have some limitations.
When you are considering what technology to use for your next lighting project, you need to be aware of the drawbacks of LED lighting to make sure that you make the best decision for the future of your property.
The Price of LED Lighting and Reaching a Positive ROI
You have probably already heard how energy efficient LED lighting is. It’s true, in the long run, that LED lighting does save a lot of money by reducing your energy bill. However, this is only half the story. The other side of the cost-savings coin is the fact that LED lighting has significantly higher upfront costs. In fact, LED lighting can cost over 20 times more than traditional bulbs. Older lighting technologies can cost you between $0.50 and $2.00 (approximately), while LED lighting can cost upwards of $20.00.
You might be wondering how on Earth an LED can save you money with their higher upfront costs. The answer to this question is that LEDs are a long-term investment. Because they cost more to purchase, the amount of time it takes to reach a positive return on your investment is much greater.
Technical Limitations Regarding Heat
In addition to the price drawback, LEDs don’t withstand long-term exposure to high temperatures as well as some other forms of lighting do. Not only will high temperatures sap the lifespan out of LEDs, but heat can also affect the quality of their color. Furthermore, high temperatures can even decrease the brightness of the light they generate.
So if your LED lighting fixtures are placed in an area where they don’t get enough airflow or the heatsinks can’t properly dissipate extra heat, their performance will decline. Though you will still likely see a positive return on your investment, heating problems decrease your ROI. To be honest, because the decrease in performance is so gradual, you may not notice a change in your lighting at first. However, as time marches on, you may find that you need to replace your LED lighting system much sooner than you expected – which can come as a nasty shock for your budget.
No lighting solution is 100% perfect and infallible, and LEDs are no different; in certain applications they will perform better that other forms of lighting. The fact of the matter is that LEDs can save you a lot of money in the long run – if they are used correctly. If you have questions about which type of lighting is best-suited for your property, don’t hesitate to contact BSC Custom. We can help you find the perfect lighting solution for your business or property and help reduce your energy consumption.