Benefits Of LED Lighting
LED lights are increasingly becoming popular for several reasons. These lights are easy to work with, save a lot of energy and are suitable for different lighting applications. The US Department of Energy reckons that using these lights will save $15 billion by the year 2030. What are the benefits of LED lighting over conventional lighting?
Better Energy Efficiency
LED lights consume significantly less energy than any other type of bulb including fluorescent, incandescent, and halogen lights. This bulb consumes 30% of the energy used up by an incandescent light and 50% of what is consumed by halogen lights. LED lights give off light in a one-directional beam unlike other lights where light goes off in all directions which wastes energy.
LED lights do not work by heating or moving parts. They do not fatigue or burn out easily. Incandescent lamps will last 1,000 hours, a fluorescent lamp for 10,000 hours, but an LED lamp will last 30,000-50,000 hours. This translates to saving on maintenance labor and new bulbs, which can be a significant amount in a commercial building.
Unlike other bubs that have glass enclosures and filaments, LED bulbs are safe from vibrations or shocks. An LED strip light contains diodes mounted on a circuit board with connections of soldered lead between the diodes. This is then covered with different aesthetical clear PVC.
HID and fluorescent lamps can take as long as 3 minutes to achieve full brightness. An LED bulb switches on and achieves full brightness instantly because it is a solid-state light. The diode lights up the instant electrons cross it.
LED lights can withstand rapid cycling (high frequency of switching on and off) better than other bulbs. This makes them suitable for use in decorative lighting and flashing light displays.
LED lights are easily programmable with different controls. A fluorescent light is dimmable up to 30% of its full brightness whereas an LED light can be dimmed up to 10% of its usual brightness. The diming in LED is smooth which makes it less disruptive. This makes LEDs ideal for daylight sensing lights which dim or brighten smoothly depending on sunshine.
Incandescent HID lights present a burn hazard especially when used in a residential setting. These kinds of bulbs also emit radiation and UV rays. LED bulbs, on the other hand, give off very little heat making them safe for use where they can potentially come into contact with skin, for example, on kitchen countertops.