What is LED Lighting?
LED lighting is a fast growing market and it won't be long until LED lighting replaces conventional lighting altogether. LED lighting uses Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) instead of a filament like in an incandescent bulb. LEDs are solid state devices, so there are no moving parts, chemicals or gases to worry about. They are effectively circuit chips so they are very safe, reliable and efficient.
What are the Benefits of LED Lighting?
LEDs operate at a much higher efficiency than conventional lighting, and also higher than energy saver bulbs! This means that LED lighting will save power and will therefore save you more money than any other bulb.
Unlike incandescent or halogen lighting, LED lighting runs cool, so there is no risk of burning or fire hazards.
LEDs have a much longer lifetime, where a typical LED bulb lasts up to 50,000 hours compared to typically 30,000 for fluorescent and only 2000 for halogen or incandescent bulbs.
LED bulbs turn on instantly unlike the energy saver bulbs which take a while to "warm up".
There is no glass to break in most LED bulbs, which makes them safer.
LEDs are ideal for use in applications that are subject to frequent on-off cycling, unlike fluorescent lamps that burn out more quickly when cycled frequently.
The manufacturer has full control over the colour of light output from LEDs.
LEDs do not contain mercury, unlike fluorescent lamps.
How does the Lifespan of an LED Bulb Compare?
LED bulbs last for much MUCH longer than standard bulbs, so although they are more expensive, they pay for themselves many times over their lifetime. Imagine not having to replace your bulbs for 10 years! The following diagram shows how much longer an LED bulb runs for compared to those short living halogens:
How does the Power Consumption of an LED Bulb Compare?
LED bulbs draw much less energy than standard bulbs, however people usually want to know how their light output compares with a halogen bulb. The following diagram shows the power consumption of a LED bulb with the equivalent light output of other bulbs. LED bulbs run on about 8-15% of the power.
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