5 Advantages of LED Lighting
The little diode that has reshaped the world and how we think about light design and light control. Simply stated the LED (light-emitting diode) is an electric component that emits light when connected to direct current. It has a relatively short history but it has taken amazing strides. Early LEDs were used as indicator lights in varying components as a replacement for incandescent bulbs – they were low intensity and red.
Through the years it was being developed more and more but until blue was added to the diode they were limited in their use and commercial viability. Professors Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura made the first blue LEDs in the early 1990s. This was a brilliant breakthrough, up until then you only had red and green diodes (if you are old enough you will remember the alam clocks/watches and calculators). With the invention of blue diodes, you could mix the colors together to create white therefore opening the market for endless possibilities. For more on this check out this BBC segment on the awarding of the Nobel prize to the inventors.https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-29518521
Now that we have RGB lights – you can actually have a combination of over 16 million colors, even though the human eye can only register approx 10 million, along with white light. The lighting options are becoming endless. Our only limit is our imagination ( sometimes our budget ) If you can get power we can get light. There are many technologies that are moving ahead with the help of LED technology, manufacturing, automotive and entertainment just to name a few.
We all know that LED lights are way more efficient than their predecessors but do you realize the overall impact on the US energy-saving that they have? Well according to https://www.energy.gov Residential LEDs use at least 75% less energy, and last 25 times longer, than incandescent lighting. Widespread use of LED lighting has the greatest potential impact on energy savings in the United States. By 2027, widespread use of LEDs could save about 348 TWh (compared to no LED use) of electricity: This is the equivalent annual electrical output of 44 large electric power plants (1000 megawatts each), and a total savings of more than $30 billion at today’s electricity prices.
$30 billion – that’s a lot to be saved. On the flip side, that is a lot of money spent each year on service – a vital service but once the money is spent the electricity is used. The amazing thing is, it’s available to us now just by switching to LED lights, you might not see the entire $30 billion but you can see up to 70% of energy savings on the bulbs that we are using right now by making the switch. With proper dimming and smart controls such as ZigBee technology, the saving can be so much more.
Not only can LED lights save you a lot of money but they can help to reduce our carbon footprint. You see traditional incandescent lights create light by producing a lot of energy to heat a filament. Even more efficient alternatives to incandescent have a significant higher pull on energy than LED lights. Here is a pretty cool tidbit according to tohttp://exclusive.multibriefs.com/ LED bulbs consume less power per unit (lumen) of light emitted. This reduces greenhouse emissions from power plants. Carbon dioxide emissions for LEDs are also low. Roughly, one LED bulb will minimize greenhouse gas emissions by almost half a ton. One bulb – half a ton, that is a crazy large benefit for a small bulb
On average LED lights have a rated lifespan of up to 50,000 hours. To put this in perspective this is approximately 50 times longer than a typical incandescent (no surprise there). They can also last up to 20 times longer than a typical halogen, and 8-10 times longer than the average CFL. If you had your LED light on for12 hours a day, a 50,000 bulb may last more than 11 years. Now, this needs to be re-examined – not all bulbs are created equal and with every technology, there will be a certain failure rate so its advisable to have spare bulbs from the same batch to allow for consistency when replacing ones that burn out.
We really live in a time where anything is possible. Less than 40 years ago we were limited to Red and Green diodes – adding Blue changed everything. Do you remember the painted bulbs – I’ll bet you will still see some of them around, I will also bet that the businesses that have them still will not be around in the near future. Not only do we have an unbelievable amount of color options to choose from we now have software to incorporate a variety of themes and situations. But technology is only as good as the function it serves and the people that install and create. So choose how and when you want to incorporate colors but also choose the right experts to help you along the way.
Do you remember rope lights? I would venture to guess that you had them in your home or in your business at some point. Rope lights are direct line lights, plug, and play, the higher voltage traveling through them with poor grounding or a tear in the silicone outer layer could cause a fire hazard. LED rope light, on the other hand, is mainly low voltage – although we do use direct line LED lights (UL listed and certified). You need to be careful when using direct line lights, they are mainly hidden in coves and will produce heat – a small amount. Only use certified, tested LED lights and licensed and insured low voltage contractors with a proven track record. We have seen instances where poor quality and bad practices have led to dangerous situations and fires.
Remember Your establishment needs proper lighting, this takes time planning and execution. Reach out to us today to learn more.
- Cut energy consumption up to 80%
- Provide a brighter / higher quality light
- Cut down maintenance Costs
- Expected ROI between (1.5 – 3 years)
- 5 Year Warranty
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