Light Up Your World With LED Lighting: Here’s Why
LED lights have been gaining in popularity for many years now as the efficiency and reliability is been proven to be greater than ever before. Unfortunately there are still many people who are questioning whether or now they should shift to LED technology. In short: yes, they should, and they should not wait any longer.
LEDs convert direct electric current into light, while commonly used incandescent light bulbs use the electric current to heat up the filament to generate light. Generating heat from electricity to heat up a filament has proven to be extremely inefficient due to a large waste of energy being used up in the process.
Here’s how LED lights are different:
When incandescent light bulbs produce heat, most of the input energy is lost throughout the constant heating process. This loss constitutes almost 90% of initial energy. On the other hand, since LEDs are semi-conductors, they will convert direct current (DC) into light. This process provides a similar light output as the equivalent source, but usually uses over 80% less energy! For instance, a 13W PAR30 LED Bulb, will provide the same light output as a standard 75W PAR30 Halogen Bulb!
LEDs have a also proven to have a much greater operating lifetime compared to other lighting options. Where incandescent lights can have as low as a 1000 hours of operating lifetime, LEDs can have up to 100,000 hours while still consuming much less energy. This is equal to more than 11 years.
On average, an LED with 50,000 hours, if powered for 24 hours will have a lifespan of 6 years. This is still a lot higher than other lighting options.
Longer life time means less frequent change of bulbs. This lowers the maintenance costs as well. This makes them suitable to light areas that aren’t very accessible. A lighting option that needs to be changed multiple times is not feasible for such places.
Less electricity consumption
Since they require less electricity to produce same amount of light as other lighting systems, use of LEDs results in energy savings. These are not only profitable as residential and commercial lights, but can also be used for public areas, such as traffic signals.
Unlike incandescent bulbs, they don’t have to wait for the metal film to heat up. Thus, they light up instantly without taking any time. This is advantageous or some applications such as vehicle brake lights.
Due to climate changes, we all need to look for greener solutions. LED is a more sustainable lighting option since it does not produce as much heat or use as much power than incandescent lights. Furthermore, they do not have mercury, a toxic element. They are also recyclable, thus a green alternatives to other lighting systems.
They can be used in a number of places where incandescent or fluorescent lights are impractical, or even dangerous. In addition to a few examples provided previously, these can be used in refrigerator or other food storage areas due to lack of mercury and other toxic substances.
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- Hugo Merminod