A quick look at the advantages of LED lights

LED lights are far more energy efficient than other forms of illumination. Currently LED technology is replacing a standard 60w bulb with an average of 9w power consumption. 7w LED downlights are replacing 50w halogens and 3w can replace 20w halogen. It is quite obvious the advantages this can have saving money on power.

LED bulbs light up instantly. This is where LED has a huge advantage over it’s closest competitor, compact fluorescent bulbs. Although a 15w compact fluorescent can replace a 60w bulb, it takes up to a minute to warm up, not to mention they are really bad for the environment with the phosphor powders and mercury contained in the tubing. LED’s don’t emitt any UV radiation and the components are recyclable and environmentally friendly.

LED’s have a very long life expectancy. It is almost common knowledge now that LED bulbs can last in excess of 50,000 hours. The average life span of a compact retrofit LED bulb is 35,000 hours before any light degradation. Compare this to halogens that have an average life expectancy of 2000 hours and a compact fluorescent  at 6000 hours.

LED bulbs are resilient. Although we don’t suggest you play football with them, most LED lights have a durable design which is intended to last 10 or more years. It is less common to see LED’s with glass, but rather metallic heat sinks and fire grade plastics. This serves a dual purpose. To expel heat and to protect the LED chips inside the luminaire.

Better lighting design capability. LED lights can come in a variety of colours and control gear to create colour changing patterns to create virtually any type of lighting design effect.Products such as LED decorative strip and LED neon replacement tubing have made significant impact on the lighting landscape. Chances are, if you live in a city you can see these effects at night on buildings and signs.



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