LED stands for light emitting diode. LEDs are incorporated into bulbs
and fixtures for general lighting applications. Small in size, LEDs provide unique design opportunities. Some LED bulb solutions may physically resemble familiar light bulbs and better match the appearance of traditional light bulbs. Some LED light fixtures may have LEDs built in as a permanent light source. There are also hybrid approaches where a non-traditional "bulb" or replaceable light source format is used and specially designed for a unique fixture. LEDs offer a tremendous opportunity for innovation in lighting form factors and fit a wider breadth of applications than traditional lighting technologies.
LEDs use heat sinks to absorb the heat produced by the LED and
dissipate it into the surrounding environment. This keeps LEDs from
overheating and burning out. Thermal management is generally the
single most important factor in the successful performance of an LED
over its lifetime. The higher the temperature at which the LEDs are
operated, the more quickly the light will degrade, and the shorter
the useful life will be.
LED VS Conventional Lighting
Is LED lighting better than incandescent or halogen lighting? Around 80-90% of the energy emitted from incandescent bulbs is converted to heat instead of light. LED lighting is about 85% more efficient than incandescent lights and hence do not need as much energy to product the same amount of light. LED lights are also designed to last about 50 times longer than
What is the best choice: LED. fluorescent or CFL? Unlike LED lights, most fluorescent lights and compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) harbor hazardous materials, such as mercury. This requires their careful and proper disposal, ensuring that they do not contaminate landfill sites. As most cannot be dimmed, Fluorescent lights may suffer from flickering. Unfortunately, people can be sensitive to this effect - resulting in eye-strain, migraines and other head-aches. LED lights, like those from Encore LED, utilize solid-state technology enabling stable dimming with no flickering.
Fluorescent lights may take noticeable time to reach optimum brightness, a problem that is compounded in cold conditions. LED lights are instant-on in any environment - even inside cold rooms and freezers.
Benefits of changing to LED Lighting
Compared to the lifespan of your average incandescent bulb, the lifespan of a LED light is far superior. The average incandescent bulb lasts about a thousand hours. The lifespan of an average LED light is 50,000 hours. Depending on how you use it, its life may be as long as 100,000 hours.
If you replaced all the lighting in your office, school or other facility with LEDs, you could see as much as a 60% to 70% improvement in your overall energy efficiency. In some cases, the improvement could be as great as 90%, depending on what kind of lights you are replacing and what kind of LED lights you are using. These improvements in energy efficiency are directly correlated with financial savings. When you replace a traditional light source with an LED light source, your energy usage is going to plummet, making LED lights are a smart investment for the bottom line of any business.
No Heat or UV Emissions
If you've ever tried to change an incandescent light bulb right after it goes out, you know how hot they get when I they're in use. Many traditional lighting sources like incandescent bulbs turn more than 90% of the energy they use to heat, allocating only 10% of energy to actual light production.
LEDs perform well at almost any power percentage, from about 5% to 100%. Some lighting sources, such as metal halide, perform less efficiently when dimmed. Sometimes, you cannot dim them at all. The opposite is true for LED lighting. When you use less-than-full power on an LED light, it operates more efficiently. This feature leads to other benefits, as well. It increases the lifespan of the bulb, and it means that you are using less energy, thereby reducing your energy costs.
What does LED stand for and what are they?
Light Emitting Diodes, regularly called LEDs, are genuine unsung heroes in the today's world. They do many distinctive jobs and are found in all different types of gadgets. In addition to everything else, they form numbers on digital clocks, transmit data from remote controls, light up watches and let you know when your devices are turned on. Grouped together, they can form pictures on a large flat TV screen or light up an entire area while replacing old fashioned filament lights. Essentially, LEDs are simply small lights that fit effortlessly into an electrical circuit. However, unlike common incandescent bulbs, they don't have a filament that will wear out and they don't get particularly hot. They are lit up only by the movement of electrons in a semiconductor material, and they keep going as long as a standard transistor. The lifespan of a LED surpasses the short life of a incandescent bulb by thousands of hours.
Why is LED Lighting the next generation of lighting?
LED lights are the next generation of lighting that save energy, reduce maintenance and replacement costs and help protect the environment. They also last much longer than traditional lighting.
What type of light quality can I expect with LED lights?
LED lights can match your existing lighting in terms of brightness and color. But, as with any product, there can be poor quality and high quality LED lights. You may have had experience with poor quality products already that do not match your existing lighting. Encore LED will help you select the correct fixture to replace your existing lighting in terms of brightness and color
How energy-efficient are LED lights?
LED lighting can save up to 90% of the electricity used by incandescent and halogen lights and up to 50% of electricity used by fluorescent lights.
Where are LED lights being used?
LED lights are being used where the liahting is on for a long time such as hotels, restaurants, shops, factories, auto dealerships and outdoor lighting.
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