The most energy-efficient lighting option available today is the Light-emitting diode or LED. It is used widely in homes, offices and factories as innovate and inexpensive alternative to the traditional incandescent bulb. LED lights are also used in colourful displays and in machinery for battery indicators and warning lights. In fact, it is the popular lighting option, due to its low cost, wide availability and variety of colours.
Minimal Structure Gives Maximum Utility
LED light is produced by a small semiconductor that converts electricity to light without producing heat. This piece of solid material is very small (about 1 square millimetre or less) but gives a lot of light, consuming little electricity. Many diodes are put together into a square or strip depending on the type of lighting being made. The light generated is then projected in one direction without the use of any reflectors or diffusers. This minimal structure has allowed for maximum use of this lighting in the smallest of spaces and crevices, from rotating display units to lining wall cupboards, even finding its way into ceiling and exhaust fan with LED lights. This technology is continuously going through more developments, giving way to better warranties and standards. So we can safely say that LED lighting has a bright future ahead.
Long Lasting and Durable
One of the advantages of LED bulbs is that they are much more durable. Where incandescent bulbs last about 1,000 hours and CFL bulbs last 3,000 to 15,000 hours, the LED lights will last for at least 25,000 hours. Once installed, the bulb may never have to be changed again.
It is also safer to use as LEDs do not contain mercury like their CFL counterparts. When the latter breaks, vaporising mercury is released in high levels from the bulb. LED are also safer as they are not fragile like the thin glass incandescent bulbs.
There are many types of colours even in the white LED lighting, like cool daylight or warm white. The lights can also be combined with dimmers to get the right amount necessary. So they can be adjusted to suit the place and need. Unlike CFL’s that take longer to start, LED lights are lit up at once. They can also be used in places where there is excessive moisture or movement.
LEDs take approximately 85 percent less electricity than the others while providing the same quality of light or even better. So even if the price is a little high, the charges incurred for electricity consumption is less.
Extreme Weather Conditions
LEDs are good for any type of weather conditions, like high heat, cold, wet or humid places. So they are great for outdoor lighting. Since they are durable and don’t have to be changed often, they make ideal selections for hard to reach places and high roof tops. We can use it in places like the kitchen and bathroom, where there are high moisture and humidity. The best choice for them would be LEDs.