At the point of writing this blog, the Climate Change Conference in Glasgow is in its uppermost glory. But it made me think, I really like to smarten up my home but what does all this new technology do for the environment? So the question quickly became is Philips Hue environmentally friendly enough?
Philips Hue uses LEDs
As most of you probably already know, all Philips Hue lights make use of LEDs. LEDs are more efficient than most other light sources, so they usually consume less energy for a given task or at a specific light output. Also, they do not contain hazardous materials such as toxic mercury. Moreover, LEDs have a longer lifespan and hence reduce the frequency of disposal of lamps. Because of this, the LEDs used by Philips Hue are considered green technology.
How do you dispose recycle LEDs?
After learning what technique is being used inside the lamps of Philips Hue, another couple of questions come up regarding the environment. One of these questions was; Can you dispose of recycled LEDs, and if so how? As it turns out. LEDs are primarily made of electronic components like PCBs, diodes, semiconductors, etc. Therefore, they must be treated in the same way that traditional electronics are treated. They are collected separately from household wastes and must be treated the same as standard electronic equipment. If you correctly do so, you can reduce your CO2 footprint a little bit more.
Can LED lighting help reduce CO2 emission?
Last but definitely not least, we will have a look at the following question. ” Can LED lighting help reduce CO2 emission?”. The answer is that it actually does help reduce CO2 emissions. How? You might ask. LEDs normally use less power for a given application compared to traditional halogen and fluorescent sources. As such, the overall kW/hr consumption per year is less, this helps reduce the overall CO2 emissions.
Is Philips Hue Environmentally Friendly Enough?
To conclude the story. When looking at the answers above. All Philips Hue lights make use of LEDs. LEDs have quite some benefits above halogen or fluorescent lights. The lights consume less energy for a given task, they do not contain any hazardous materials have a longer lifespan, and hence reduce the frequency of disposal of lamps. Besides the benefits of LEDs, we have also discussed that you can safely dispose of recycled LEDs and above all the LEDs of Philips Hue help reduce CO2 emissions. It’s up to you to decide whether Philips Hue is Environmentally Friendly Enough, but in my eyes they definitely are.
If you haven’t decided yet whether you do want to use Philips Hue within your home automation toolkit, I highly recommend checking out this article about; Philips Hue: Getting Started Right Now.