Top 5 Reasons to Switch to LED

Light-emitting diode or LED lights have become a mainstay in today's lighting and design solutions. Small yet powerful they can easily illuminate an office when you use LED ceiling lights or add ambience to a room when you add a light box behind your graphics.

First developed commercially for electronic and laboratory usage in the 1960s, more and more people now are discovering the benefits of LED lighting over traditional incandescent or compact fluorescent light how sources. For those new to LED lights find out how it can benefit you and your business with the top 5 reasons to switch to LED.

Reason 1: Low Temperature 

Properly manufactured LED lights generate relatively little heat with 3.41 Btu/hour compared to the 85 Btu and 30 Btu of incandescent and fluorescent light sources. This leads to the reduction of potential burns and fire hazards that can come with incandescent bulbs which can reach 347???F. While fluorescent lights do not nearly get as hot as incandescent, they can be sensitive to low temperatures and many times cannot function in subzero weather. LED lights on the other hand have no low temperature sensitivities, making them ideal for freezers and cold weather work environments.

Reason 2: Energy Efficiency 

Light output is measured in "lumens" and the energy used for the light is measured in "wattage". For every 600 lumens it requires incandescent lights to use 60 watts and fluorescents 15 watts, while LEDs use only 6-8 watts. LED lights produce 10 times more illumination per watts than incandescent light bulbs. They also require less than half as much power than fluorescents for the same amount of light. As mentioned in the previous section, LED light produces little to no heat, which may reduce the need to use air conditioning or other cooling systems in a room.

Reason 3:Low Maintenance 

Incandescent lights use delicate filaments to produce light, while Fluorescent lights run on environmentally hazardous mercury vapor in glass tubes. Unlike these two, LEDs are a semiconductor light source made up of tiny diodes that are internally secured. This design makes them durable and resistance to breakage, as they are not dependent on using glass or fragile substances in order to work.

Reason 4: Life Span 

The average life span of LED lights are 30,000 to 50,000 hours, which equals to 3.5 to 5.5 years of 24 hour usage. An average business which uses LED light panels for 8 hours a day, can expect a 10 to 15 year lifespan, with many companies offering 3-year warranties on their products. In comparison, fluorescent lights typically last 10,000-15,000 hours (1-2years) and incandescent only 1,000-2,000 (2-4 days) hours.

Reason 5: Creative Freedom 

Due to the internal design of LEDs they can distribute light in a controlled direction unlike traditional light sources that must illuminate in a uniform spherical direction. This flexibility allows designers a certain amount of creative freedom when implanting light in a space. Additionally LED products such as light panels, neon lights and ceiling panels are available in a variety of different colors and can be customized to fit the desire shape or size.

Final Note - As with all products, not all LED lights can live up to their reputation. When looking for LED products, make sure they are high quality and their manufacturer can guarantee their service. While LED lights may currently be pricier than traditional lighting sources their significantly longer lifespan makes them ultimately more cost effective. Not only economical, their energy efficient and mercury free attributes help eliminate unnecessary pollutants in the environment and reduce our carbon footprint.

Top 5 Reasons to Switch to LED