When you’re working day-in, day-out in the lighting industry, it’s easy to forget that LED is a fairly recent innovation in the scheme of things, given the fact that it’s now the go-to solution for so many applications. There’s lots of great reasons for this being the case but if you’re not convinced, we’ve listed the Top 10 of these below.
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A common misconception about LED Lighting stems from it being more expensive at the outset. While this is the case, LED is so cost effective in terms of energy consumption that you will recoup the extra cost a lot quicker than you might expect – and then there’s the ongoing savings over time. In fact, LED lights consume 80% - 90% less energy than incandescent and halogen lights, which is a significant saving and one that is likely to grow over time as energy consumption costs increase.
With a longer lifespan than most standard or halogen lighting, LED lighting lasts usually between 15,000 hours and 100,000 hours, or in other words, between 2 to 10+ years! LEDs are quite different from traditional lighting as they don’t burn out and instantly stop working - the lighting diodes emit lower output levels over a very long period of time, slowly decreasing in brightness. This is obviously also a safer way for lighting to work, as you’ll be aware of the need to replace the LED lighting over time.
While many conventional fluorescent lighting bulbs contain numerous environmentally dangerous chemicals, LED Lighting contains no toxic chemicals, LEDs are 100% recyclable and they can contribute to a significant reduction in the carbon footprint. Also of course the long life span of LEDs allows for materials to be spared - incredibly one LED bulb can save the materials and production of 25 incandescent light bulbs.
LED bulbs produce small amounts of infrared light and close to no UV emissions. While Incandescent and Halogen bulbs give off large amounts of heat over time, LED lighting gives off little to no heat. This eliminates the possibility of black spots on the wall and there’s little or no risk of any bulbs blowing from the heat!
As mentioned earlier, LED lighting consumes between 80% to 90% less energy than incandescent and halogen bulbs. One reason for this is that in comparison to incandescent and halogen bulbs, LED manages to convert a minimum of 80% of its energy into light, losing only 20% to be converted to heat; many halogen and incandescent bulbs are the complete opposite, converting roughly 20% of their energy into light while losing the rest to produce a dim, but piping hot lightbulb. LEDs` ability to run on a low voltage also contributes to its energy efficiency. In addition, LED lighting saves labour, given long lifetime, which minimises maintenance and replacement work.
While many halogen bulbs need to warm up initially before they can fully light up, this isn’t the case with LED, which light fully instantly to 100% strength. Also, LED lighting functions well under cold conditions like and low outdoor temperatures. This is definitely not the case with fluorescent bulbs, which are problematic in cold weather.
LED Lighting is more dynamic in two major ways. Firstly, LED Lighting achieves a higher application efficiency, in that it can be directed to a specific location without the use of an external reflector. This means it facilitates a higher application efficiency than conventional bulbs. In other words, this allows LED Lighting to deliver more light efficiently to a desired location. Secondly, LED Lighting can be turned off and on frequently without affecting the LEDs lifetime or light emission. This is not the case for traditional halogen or incandescent bulbs, as their light emission and lifetime is drastically affected by switching them on and off.
LED lights are built with extremely sturdy components which allow them to withstand even the toughest conditions. LED Lighting is resistant to shock, vibrations, and external impacts, making them great outdoor lighting systems, well able to handle wind, rain, external vandalism, traffic related public exposure and the typical conditions of a construction or manufacturing site. This proven durability also means less maintenance and hassle.
The combination of many individual LEDs can be used to achieve a number of effects and to deliver highly efficient illumination. The light, colour and distribution of the light can be easily controlled, through the dimming of individual LEDs. This extensive level of control can be used for a variety of creative and visually pleasing lighting effects, including mood illumination which has become hugely popular and is being applied in a variety of settings including classrooms, airplanes, spas, gyms, workplaces and more. This application is likely to become more common over time across a whole range of applications.
When LED lights were first invented there were no colour options. However, much has changed since then and these days LED lights can be purchased in a whole range of colours, not just cool or warm white! This means you have plenty of choice in terms of design and visibility levels. In addition, the temperature of LED lighting can be varied along with the colour. Features such as these are not available for traditional halogen and incandescent bulbs, with their colour temperature in kelvin being more-or-less fixed.
So there really are many great reasons to make the change from traditional lighting to LED Lighting. LEDs have been making strides in the lighting industry in recent years and are set to become the dominant form of lighting in the industry. Litho Circuits has a number of dynamic LED Lighting Products available on the website. Please do contact us to discuss your lighting requirements and to get the benefits of this Lighting industry gamechanger.
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