The basics of LED lighting

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The basics if LED lighting

Knowing the basics of LED lighting solutions.

Knowing the basics of how light-emitting diodes (LEDs) work can help business and builder owners decide if the energy efficient lighting option is the right solution for them. LEDs are a solid-state lighting technology (SSL), which means the light is emitted from a semiconductor – also known as a solid matter.

LEDs can last for as long as 50,000 hours and rather than suddenly going out, they gradually fade in brightness, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. The fading of the lights is beneficial to businesses because they know when the bulb is coming to the end of its lifespan and can prepare to replace it.

Traditional incandescent lights typically only last for 1,000 hours, the DOE said.

Another benefit for LED lighting is the lack of heat the bulbs produce. Since there is no heat emitting from the bulbs, there is less energy usage, which results in cost reduction.

Light from an LED can also be directed to a specific site better than traditional bulbs. The lights also instantly turn on with the flick of a switch and do not require warm-up time – a characteristic large warehouses may find especially beneficial.

The cost-effectiveness of LED bulbs can also help businesses save on energy and maintenance costs as well as provide a quick return on investment.

LEDs can also be installed in nearly every lighting fixture including those in hotels, parking lots, warehouses and other commercial locations to provide high-quality lighting, according to the DOE.

Business owners who are considering an upgrade to energy efficient LED lighting should contact the energy efficiency consultants at Lumenistics. A lighting specialist can provide more details on how energy efficient lighting solutions can benefit your business.

One Comment on “The basics of LED lighting”

  1. Thanks for sharing this. I would like to add few to your list.

    1. Ecologically Friendly – LED Lighting Is Much More Eco-Friendly
    LED lights are free of toxic chemicals. Most conventional fluorescent lighting bulbs contain a multitude of materials like e.g mercury that are dangerous for the environment.

    LED lights contain no toxic materials and are 100% recyclable, and will help you to reduce your carbon footprint by up to a third. The long operational life time span mentioned above means also that one LED light bulb can save material and production of 25 incandescent light bulbs. A big step towards a greener future!

    2. Durable Quality – LED Illumination Can Withstand Rough Conditions
    LEDs are extremely durable and built with sturdy components that are highly rugged and can withstand even the roughest conditions.

    Because LED lights are resistant to shock, vibrations and external impacts, they make great outdoor lighting systems for rough conditions and exposure to weather, wind, rain or even external vandalism, traffic related public exposure and construction or manufacturing sites.

    3. Zero UV Emissions – LED Lighting Features Close to No UV Emissions
    LED illumination produces little infrared light and close to no UV emissions.

    Because of this, LED lighting is highly suitable not only for goods and materials that are sensitive to heat due to the benefit of little radiated heat emission, but also for illumination of UV sensitive objects or materials such a in museums, art galleries, archeological sites etc.

    4. Operational in Extremely Cold or Hot Temperatures
    LED are ideal for operation under cold and low outdoor temperature settings. For fluorescent lamps, low temperatures may affect operation and present a challenge, but LED illumination operates well also in cold settings, such as for outdoor winter settings, freezer rooms etc.

    5. Low-Voltage – LED Lighting Can Run on Low-Voltage Power Supply
    A low-voltage power supply is sufficient for LED illumination. This makes it easy to use LED lighting also in outdoor settings, by connecting an external solar-energy source and is a big advantage when it comes to using LED technology in remote or rural areas.

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