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Top 8 Benefits of Using LED Lights

Top 8 Benefits of Using LED Lights

LED (Light Emitting Diodes) lights are the latest and most fascinating technological advancement in the lighting industry. LEDs are small, solid light bulbs that are powerful, energy-efficient, and long lasting. LEDs operate in different ways than traditional incandescent bulbs. This makes LEDs far more durable than traditional incandescent light bulbs. LED technology also provides many additional advantages over incandescent, fluorescents, and compact fluorescent lamps and lighting devices. This includes an exceptionally longer lifespan (60,000 hours), significantly lower energy consumption (90% more efficient), reduced maintenance costs, and higher safety.

You certainly hear and read a lot about the benefits associated with the energy efficiency of LED light emitting diodes versus traditional lighting. When you compare them to other energy-saving illumination methods that are currently available, you will find that LED lamps are definitely the smartest and most power-saving solution for illumination. The top 8 benefits of using LED lights over their less efficient alternatives can be read below.

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Efficiency

LEDs are packed powerfully with sufficient energy and use up to 90% less power than incandescent light bulbs. Since LEDs use cheaper energy than an incandescent bulb, there is a dramatic decrease in power costs, and thus, the money you dish out every month towards your utility bills. Money and energy are saved in maintenance and replacement costs due to the long LED life expectancy.

Longevity

LEDs have a lifespan of up to 60,000 hours as opposed to 1,500 hours typical of incandescent bulbs. A great LED light can last over 7 years of constant use before needing a replacement. Usually, LED bulbs last ten times as long as small fluorescent bulbs and 133 times longer than typical incandescent bulbs. The long lifetime of LEDs will drastically reduce maintenance costs and lower long-term operating costs compared to traditional amoureux and fluorescent lights.

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Sturdiness

LEDs are solid express lighting devices that utilize semiconductor material rather than a filament or neon gas. An LED light is a tiny chip exemplified in an epoxy plant enclosure, which makes LEDs far sturdier than traditional incandescent bulbs or neon tubes.

Safety

Superior safety may be the most significant benefit of LEDs. LED lamps generate almost no warmth therefore they are cool to the touch and can be left on for hours without incident or consequence if touched. LEDs produce 3.4 btu’s/hour compared to 85 for incandescent bulbs. In contrast, amoureux lighting expels 90% of the energy it utilizes via heat, making the bulbs hot to the touch. LEDs reduce the potential for safety dangers, such as burns and fires.

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Environment

LEDs are made of non-toxic materials, unlike neon lighting that use mercury that may pose a danger to the environment. LED is recyclable and also considered “green”, or earth-friendly.

Color

LED lighting are offered in a variety of base colors, such as red, blue, and amber. Due to the fact that traditional incandescent bulbs use filters to produce colors, they are extremely bad. LEDs can be mixed together to produce large numbers of color options.

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Long-term

LEDs are poised to replace traditional incandescent lights. LEDs are rapidly, without a doubt, becoming the preferred lighting solution of both homes and offices. LED technology is continually advancing, producing brighter LED light bulbs. The US hopes to reduce the electricity used for lighting by 50 percent by converting to LED-based light sources.

Uses

LEDs are currently used for a wide variety of different applications, such as in residential lighting, the military, as well as the architectural, automotive, transmissions, electronic instrumentation, the entertainment and gaming, the military, and the traffic and transportation industry. Since LEDs are focused lights, they are great at performing some specific lighting tasks, such as desk lamps, reading lights, night lights, security signals, spotlights, accent lamps, and lighting for signs.

LED lighting is growing in popularity within the industry, with proponents proclaiming that it is a more sustainable source. However, this cost is said to be regained over its lifetime and the fixtures are said to have sufficient benefits. Also, according to an expert at Lampeez other benefits of the LED light include the fact that:

  1. LED products are lead and mercury-free, which lead to environmental durability.
  2. Due to its long-lasting life, maintenance and related costs are saved since the lights don’t have to be changed as frequently.
  3. LED lights using its performance is better than traditional alternatives in low temperatures, permitting a wider span of consumption.
  4. These lights offer an extremely low UV and IR, which help the surroundings.
  5. One of the key benefits is energy keeping. These lights consume less electricity than traditional kinds of lighting.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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