What are the benefits of LED lighting?

Written by: Jon Duffy



Time to read 4 min

You’ve probably heard that LED lighting is a better choice than conventional lighting. But why? What exactly are the benefits of LED lighting?

Maplin are here to help you understand the power of LED lighting.

In recent years, the lighting industry has witnessed a revolution driven by Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology. LED lighting has rapidly become the preferred choice for homeowners and businesses alike, thanks to its numerous benefits over traditional lighting solutions. From energy efficiency and longevity to versatility and sustainability, LED lighting offers a wide range of advantages that are reshaping the way we illuminate our spaces.

Benefits of LED lighting

The benefits of LED lighting

Eco friendly

Unlike most fluorescent lamps on the market, LED lights contain no toxic chemicals. By using LED lighting, you can help to reduce your carbon footprint by up to a third, so make the green choice for both yourself and your customers.

LED lighting is inherently more environmentally sustainable compared to traditional lighting options.

No UV Emissions

Have you ever felt the heat coming out of a traditional lightbulb? In comparison, LED lights produce an incredibly small amount of UV emissions, making them cooler and far more efficient to use.

The energy efficiency and longevity of LEDs result in reduced greenhouse gas emissions, contributing to efforts to combat climate change and promote sustainable practices.

Can be used in a range of settings

Whether it’s the middle of winter or during yet another heatwave, LED lights work well in a variety of temperatures. So, if you’re looking to illuminate your garden or any other outdoor space, they are ready to do the job!

LEDs come in various shapes, sizes, colors, and color temperatures, catering to diverse aesthetic preferences and functional requirements. From recessed lighting and track lighting to decorative fixtures and architectural accents, LED technology enables designers to unleash their creativity and transform spaces with customized lighting designs.

Longer life

Traditional lighting has a tendency to “burn out”. With an expected lifespan of 30,000 – 50,000 hours, LED lights last far longer than standard incandescent lamps (which average closer to 8,000 – 10,000 hours).

This extended lifespan not only reduces the frequency of bulb replacements but also minimizes maintenance costs and waste, making LED lighting a sustainable choice for both residential and commercial applications.


Incandescent lights are usually contained in a quartz or glass bulb, which can easily be damaged or broken. LED lights don’t tend to be housed in glass and are usually mounted on a circuit board, so the risk of damaging one is far lower.

Improved safety

As we mentioned earlier, traditional lightbulbs tend to be incredibly hot to touch. They can expel up to 90% of the energy they use as heat! LED lights generate virtually no heat, so they are cool to the touch even after being on for hours at a time.

Instant illumination

Unlike traditional bulbs that require time to reach full brightness, LEDs provide instantaneous illumination, offering instant-on capabilities without any warm-up period. This feature is particularly advantageous in environments where quick and reliable lighting is essential, such as in emergency situations, outdoor lighting, and automotive applications. LED lights also perform well in cold temperatures, making them suitable for outdoor use in harsh climates.

Directional lighting and dimming

LEDs emit light in a specific direction, unlike traditional bulbs that emit light in all directions. This directional lighting property allows for more efficient light distribution and reduces wasted light, resulting in better illumination control and energy savings. Furthermore, many LED fixtures are dimmable, providing users with greater flexibility to adjust the brightness levels according to their preferences and requirements, further enhancing energy efficiency and ambiance control.

Money saving

Perhaps the biggest advantage of LED lighting over its traditional counterpart is the money you can save by using them. You can reduce your energy bills by up to 90% by making the switch! With electricity prices in the UK constantly rising, LED lighting is rapidly becoming the preferred option for lighting our homes and businesses.

In summary of the benefits of LED lighting

The benefits of LED lighting are undeniable, offering unparalleled energy efficiency, longevity, versatility, and sustainability compared to traditional lighting solutions. As LED technology continues to advance and prices become more accessible, we can expect to see even greater adoption of LED lighting across residential, commercial, and industrial sectors. With its transformative impact on energy consumption, environmental conservation, and lighting design possibilities, LED lighting is indeed illuminating the path towards a brighter, more sustainable future.

Check out our full Lighting range now, or if you have a specific project in mind, we have a wide range of Indoor and Outdoor lighting solutions. We also have a huge range of LED Bulbs to explore, in sizes E14, E27, B22 and GU10. Be sure to keep an eye out for smart lighting solutions, which can be controlled directly from your phone!

Eco-friendly: LED lights contain no toxic chemicals, reducing carbon footprint by up to a third compared to fluorescent lamps, promoting sustainable choices.

Energy Efficiency: LEDs produce minimal UV emissions, consume less energy, and have a longer lifespan, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and contributing to environmental sustainability.

Versatility: Suitable for various temperatures and settings, from outdoor gardens to indoor spaces, offering diverse options in shapes, sizes, colours, and temperatures to cater to different needs.

Longevity: LED lights last 30,000 to 50,000 hours, much longer than traditional incandescent lamps, reducing bulb replacements, maintenance costs, and waste.

Safety and Performance: LED lights are durable, cool to touch, provide instant illumination, offer directional lighting and dimming capabilities, and save up to 90% on energy bills, making them cost-effective and efficient alternatives.

About the author

Jon Duffy is a Digital Merchandiser at Maplin.

An avid gamer from a young age, Jon has dabbled in gaming journalism and dedicates much of his spare time to this hobby. He also has an interest in music, playing bass guitar in a rock covers band.

Having previously worked as a copywriter with another electronics retailer, he was eager to join Maplin with their new online venture. In addition to writing blogs, Jon also works on many of the website's landing pages and adding new tech to the range.