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Thursday, February 21, 2019

The impact of LED bulbs on our nature

L.E.D bulbs are unquestionably a revolutionary product that can save electricity compared to the incandescent bulbs. The LED bulbs have long life compared to their incandescent counter parts and also consume less electricity.
The LED bulbs that are available from stores have a life of approximately 5 years on 8 hours of daily use and the companies give 1 or 2 years replacement guarantee. Now comes the problem. The incandescent bulbs have zero percent plastic, but LEDs are almost completely made of plastic. When they expire they are also contributing to the landfill and will create big problems. They have electronic components that are also dangerous when damaged.
So, when touting LEDs as a big saver, the companies should also have the responsibility to take back the expired ones and recycle properly instead of going to land fill.
The big benefit is that most LEDs may have only one or two components damaged. So, they can replace the component on very low cost and sell the refurbished ones.
Light Emitting Diodes theoretically have life expectancy of 50,000 hours and it is almost 12 years on 8 hours of daily use. Also, the light output also decrease in course of time. This is mainly because of the failure of the components of the bulb and not the LED itself.
In India, we urgently need a good framework for gathering and properly recycling and disposing electronic waste otherwise this will be another danger in near future.