LEDs, or light emitting diodes, are a two-lead semi-conductor which work when an electric current passes through them and emits light. LEDs are gaining popularity nowadays because of its many benefits. Initially, they were significantly more expensive than other lighting options. However, as the technology improves, LED bulbs become cheaper and cheaper every year. In Australia, there has been a dramatic shift to LED lights especially as incandescent lights are phased out.
There has been a shift towards LED bulbs – in homes, public places, and industries such as automotive, entertainment and gaming. Here are some of the things you need to know about LED lighting.
· LEDs are efficient.
LEDs are more energy efficient than other lighting options such as incandescent bulbs. An LED bulb can last from 20,000 to 80,000 hours. It definitely lasts longer than your average CFL or incandescent bulb. LED bulbs convert most of their energy, almost 100%, to light; whereas incandescent bulbs spend 90% of their energy as heat. The low heat emission of LED bulbs gives homes an overall cooler environment, hence, lowering the use of fans and AC.
· LEDs breed less bacteria.
LED bulbs are now preferred by café and restaurant owners because they have been proven to breed less bacteria than fluorescent and halogen lights. Because of this, LED bulbs are becoming a popular lighting choice for delicatessen and fresh food displays.
· LEDs are environment friendly.
LED lights do not contain mercury and other toxic chemicals. Compared to fluorescent lamps, which use mercury as an essential component, LED bulbs are much better for the environment. When fluorescent lamps are thrown into landfills, they can cause mercury contamination and pollution. This may endanger lives as mercury is a neurotoxin which makes it harmful - even fatal - to children. In addition to this, LEDs do not produce harmful UV rays that pose health risks through prolonged exposure.
· LEDs are cool to the touch.
Compared to a normal halogen lamp, which can heat up to 310°C, the maximum temperature of an LED lamp is only 60°C, which makes it cooler to touch. Touching halogen lights may put you at risk for first or second degree burns.
· LEDs are ‘Instant On’
LED lighting has an ‘Instant On’, which means that when you turn on an LED bulb, you do not need to wait for it to emit full light. The moment you switch on an LED light, you immediately get its full brightness, unlike CFL’s which need a ‘warm up’ time before they achieve full brightness. Aside from this, LEDs can also be dimmed to a warm and pleasant light, making them ideal also for mood lighting.
· LEDs do not attract bugs.
UV light and heat are two things that attract bugs. Other light sources become a haven for bugs and insects because they emit both these things. Since LED lights do not emit UV rays and they radiate far less heat, you do not need to worry that they will attract those pesky bugs that you desperately want to get rid of.
· LED lights are best for traffic, vehicle, and signal lights.
LED lights are now the preferred light sources for traffic, signal, and vehicle lights because they are strong, made from durable materials, last longer, use less electricity, easy to use, and have the ability to focus light in a single direction. This enables motorists to see better on the road and enhances the safety of motorists. Also, since LED lights are much brighter, they can be seen even in glare conditions.
Hunter Valley and Newcastle LED lighting solutions
If you want to have a more efficient and environment-friendly lighting in your homes and offices, we at Rovert Lighting and Electrical can help provide high-quality LED lighting solutions for you. Contact us for more details on LED lighting.