LED

LED ADVANTAGES

ledThere are a number of benefits to be gained from the use of LED lighting. LED lights are a wonderful alternative to incandecent or even flourescent light fixtures. There are many pros to installing LEDs at your home, office, or retail store. They are great for recessed lights applications, under cabinet lights, etc…LED lights are great for saving energy. LEDs burn at a cooler temperature so they give off less heat. LED lights typcially last 100,000 hours, whereas incandecent fixtures last 1,000 hours. This means having to change out light bulbs a lot less and saving money on getting an electrician to replace bulbs where needed. Also, Because LED light bulbs do not contain mercury, they do not pose a health or environmental risk.

Efficiency

LED’s are extremely energy efficient and consume up to 90% less power than incandescent bulbs. Since LEDs use only a fraction of the energy of an incandescent light bulb there is a dramatic decrease in power costs. Also, money and energy is saved in maintenance and replacement costs due to the long LED lifespan.

Because of the low power wige of the LEDs they are becoming extremely popular for light sources in remote areas that use solar panels.

LEDs do have a higher initial cost than incandescent and compact fluorescent light bulbs, but the cost is quickly recouped over time in lower electricity costs.

Longevity

LEDs have a lifespan of up to 100,000 hours compared to the 1500 hours for incandescent bulbs. A LED lighting device can last up to 11 years under constant use. On average LED bulbs last up to 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 to traditional incandescent and fluorescent tubes.

LED Lifespan Scenarios

Up to 100,000 powered 4 hours a day, Equal to 68 ½ Year Lifespan
Up to 100,000 powered 8 hours a day, Equal to 34 Year Lifespan
Up to 100,000 powered 24 hours a day, Equal to 11 ½ Year Lifespan

Durability

LEDs are solid state lighting devices that utilize semiconductor material instead of a filament or neon gas. LED light is a tiny chip encapsulated in an epoxy resin enclosure, which makes LEDs far sturdier than traditional incandescent light bulbs or fluorescent tubes. LEDs do not use fragile components such as glass and filaments which means LEDs are able to withstand shock, vibration and extreme temperature.

Environment

LED lighting devices are made from non toxic materials, unlike fluorescent lighting that uses mercury that may pose a danger to the environment. LEDs are also recyclable and considered “Green or Earth Friendly”.

Color

LED lights are offered in a variety of base colors such as Red, Green, Blue, Yellow, Amber and White. Because traditional incandescent light bulbs use filters to produce colors, they are extremely inefficient. LEDs can be blended to produce colors and are extremely efficient. LEDs can be blended to produce millions of color options.

LED Lighting Features and Benefits Overview

Efficiency: LEDs use up to 90% less power than traditional lighting.
Longevity: LEDs have up to 100,000 hour Lifespan (11 ½ year powered 24 hrs/day)
Durability: LEDs are much more rugged than traditional lighting.
Safety: LEDs generate virtually no heat. Safe to the touch and reduce fires.
Environment: LEDs are made from non toxic & recyclable materials.

Comparison between the LED T8 tube and the conventional T8 tube.

LED T8 Flu ores cent Tube

Conventional T8 Fluorescent Tube

Wattage 15 W 40 W
Life Span > 50,000 hours 8,000 to 10,000 hours
Ballast needed No Yes
Starter needed No Yes
Actual Power Consumption 18W – 20W 44W
Heat Generation Low High
Radiation None Contains Mercury Vapor
Maintenance Fees None High
Environmental Pollution None High