LED (Light Emitting Diode) is gradually becoming more prominent in the United States. According to the Department of Energy, there will be a hypothetical increase of LED lighting in the United States by approximately 2030. In addition, there is also a potential for increased energy savings by about 40% if there is a strong enough effort to promote these types of lights.
LED’s consist of the following parameters and how they differ compared to other types of lighting systems.
- Light Source: The size of the diode is that of a fleck of pepper. A combination of blue, green and red LED’s are used to make the white light.
- Direction: Light can be emitted in differing directions, thus reducing the need for reflectors and diffusers. Compared to other types of lighting, the light must be directed towards the desired area with half the light leaving the fixture.
- Heat: Compared other light fixtures, LED’s emit very little heat. Compare this to incandescent bulbs and CFLs. Both release approximately 80-90% of their energy as heat, thus increasing the risk of a fire hazard.
- Ecological: The bulbs are made from non-toxic materials that reduce the chance of environmental damage.
With this in mind and all of this jargon aside, this might peak some interest in examining further. Consider these reasons as to upgrading your lighting system today.
During the night, darkness can become absolute and overwhelming. Thanks to the benefits of LED lighting, that changes. LED lighting provides a more natural white lighting as opposed to halogen or other bulbs. LED lights create a clearer light while being able to increase visibility. These bulbs can be used indoors as well as outdoors.
Better Safe Than Sorry
In addition to brighter lighting capabilities, there are other reasons to consider upgrading to LED lighting. These lights do not emit Ultra-Violet emissions, thus preventing any sort of cancers, aging or headaches. These lack of health issues tend to steer people towards upgrading their lighting system.
As an added bonus, LED lights are free of Mercury and other harmful chemicals and harmful substances. These lights also do not emit excessive amounts of heat, thus reducing the risk of fire.
LEDs are extremely durable and built with sturdy components that are highly rugged and can survive even when conditions are the roughest. For instance, during the colder months of the year, LED lights can still function. If it were a fluorescent bulb, it would have been affected by the change in temperature and functionally would be affected.
Because LED lights are resistant to shock, vibrations and external impacts, they make great outdoor lighting systems for rough conditions and exposure to weather, wind, rain or even external vandalism, traffic-related public exposure, and construction or manufacturing sites.
Lower power supplies are ideal for LED lighting and illumination. In outdoors settings, the bulbs can be connected a solar panel if you own property in rural or remote areas.
LEDs have a lifespan of up to 60,000 hours compared to 1,500 hours for incandescent bulbs. An LED light will last over 7 years before needing replacement. On average, LED bulbs last 10 times as long as compact fluorescent bulbs, and 133 times longer than typical incandescent bulbs. Long lifespan of LEDs will dramatically reduce maintenance costs and lower long-term operating costs compared to traditional incandescent and fluorescent tubes.
If we consider the following scenarios, the lifespan of the bulb can be enormous. Depending on how often the bulb is used per day and factoring in the lifespan of say a 50,000-hour bulb limit.
- If a bulb is used 4 hours every day, the lifespan equals 34 years
- If a bulb is used 8 hours every day, the lifespan decreases to 17 years
- If a bulb is used 24 hours continuously, the lifespan is about 6 years
Call Jones Electricians today for more information on lighting with LED!