LED vs. Incandescent Lighting

LED vs. Incandescent Lighting

Home and business owners have more options when it comes to lighting up their properties, two of which are light-emitting diodes and incandescent lights. While incandescent is the more traditional option of the two, it’s not without its obvious shortcomings. Learn more about the options so that you can light up your business in the best way possible.

Understanding Incandescent Lights

You’re likely most accustomed to incandescent lights, but that most certainly doesn’t mean they’re the best choice for you and your property. The truth is that only a small percentage of the energy incandescent lights draw is used to create light, most of it is extra heat that can cause your air conditioner to work harder than it has to. You may also notice how some of your materials and art pieces are mysteriously faded. This is likely due to the abundant amounts of UV radiation incandescent bulbs emit. Like others, you could be aware of LED lights but choose to stick with traditional lights because of their overall affordability. While diodes do cost more initially, you recoup that extra savings in the long haul.

Structural integrity is something else to consider with incandescent lights. Simply put, the filament wire and glass envelope of incandescent lights aren’t the strongest, which can be both dangerous and an inconvenience. Keep yourself and everyone else in your home or business safe with the strength of LEDs.

Understanding LEDs 

One of the first and most essential things about LEDs is they are the most energy efficient option. Like incandescent lights, LEDs have a generous variety of applications, including cabinet, industrial, commercial, landscaping and auto lighting. Another advantage of LEDs is they’re much cooler than incandescent light, both visually and temperature-wise. What this means is you can see objects in their true hues rather than in the bright and often washed out colors presented by incandescent lights.

LEDs give off very little to no UV radiation, which goes a long way in protecting certain fabrics and other materials. Going back to the point touched on above regarding the price of LEDs, that added cost comes with the added benefit of LEDs lasting nearly 50 times longer than standard incandescent lighting and more than 10 times longer than halogen lights.


Make the shift to LED lights to see how much better your property feels, how much energy you save and how long your new lights last. You’re bound to love the many applications and benefits waiting to be illuminated with LEDs. Get started by calling NextGen LED at 301-804-2986.


LEDs and a happier staff? Michael Heller discusses the benefits of LEDs on overall health in AIA’s Blueprints.

From Healthier Brains to a Deeper Sleep, Embracing the Benefits of LED Lights

Michael Heller, Vice President at NextGen LED, discusses the effects of lighting on overall well-being in the American Institute of Architects’ newsletter, Blueprints.

Heller’s article, “Innovations in Lighting Technology Impact More than Efficiency”, goes beyond the benefits of LED lighting that we often hear about, including it’s superior energy efficiency and returns on investment.

According to researches, including those from LightingEurope, LED lights provided measurable health benefits to adults, including:

—-— Increased motivation

—-— Increased performance

—-— Increased productivity

—-— Improved concentration and energy

—-— Lower stress and anxiety

—-— “Mood support” in wellness and dining areas

—-— Enhanced drug efficacy

—-— Reduced therapy times and capacity requirements

And the benefits don’t end there!

“These important discoveries elevate the importance of LED lighting beyond the accepted benefits of energy efficiency, carbon reduction, and operating expense cost reduction, and into as-yet-uncalculated improvements to healthcare, education, and overall happiness.”

Read more about how LED lighting positively impacts physical and cognitive utility, as well as the growing movement of human-centric lighting (HCL), in Heller’s article here.