Debunking Common Misconceptions about LED Lighting
In the last decade, there has been a rise in the use of LED lighting. However, there is still a lot of misinformation regarding LED and how it works. Here are just a few examples of some common misconceptions related to LED lighting.
LED Lighting is Costly
The cost of switching over to LED lighting has actually decreased significantly in the last decade and will continue to do so as fixtures become more efficient. In a global and climate-focused modern world, there is also the need to be more conscious of unnecessary waste when it comes to lighting efficiency. LEDs are a great solution, as they typically produce only about ⅛ of the waste that traditional HID lights do, with only about 5% of the energy emitted wasted as heat, yet they last up to 4 times as long with a lifespan of about 50,000 hours on average.
LEDs Do Not Emit Heat
Much like any other source of light, LED lighting still emits heat when used. Since LEDs are more efficient, with only 5% of electrical energy being wasted as heat, the fixtures emit heat at a much slower rate than traditional light sources. Most LED light fixtures also come with some method of heat dissipation to assist in reducing the heat emitted over time, either by using a cooling fan or heat sinks to diffuse heat more evenly.
Higher Wattage is Always Brighter than Lower Wattage
Wattage is simply a measurement of the energy needed to produce a certain output of light, or lumens. This means that a lower wattage fixture with a similar lumen output is actually better, as it can convert light more efficiently.
LED Lighting is a Health Hazard
As no toxic chemicals are involved with LED light production, there is no health risk associated with using LED lighting. However, it should be noted that higher color temperatures at 6500K and above can still cause light pollution, which can disrupt sleep cycles and cause sleep disorders with prolonged use.
LED Lighting Will Never Fail
While LED lighting has a much longer lifespan than metal halide and other HID lighting, about 25,000 - 100,000 operational hours, there is still a lifespan for the fixtures and they still require occasional replacement. However, these replacements are also much easier than traditional lighting, as there is no longer the need for additional hardware, such as ballasts, bulbs, etc.
Hopefully we could clear up any misconceptions related to LED lighting, how it works, and how it is used.
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- Michael Tomas