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- November 17, 2019
LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) outperform many different types of lights such as incandescent lights, fluorescent lights, halogens and high-pressure sodium (HPS) lights. This is because they have a long lifespan, provide a very high-quality light, are more versatile and extremely efficient. Here are in-depth reasons that LED lights reign supreme.
- Extremely Long Lifespan
LED lights last anywhere from 50,000 to 100,000+ hours for most models. This is significantly longer than more dated lighting technologies such as incandescent and high-pressure sodium (HPS) lights. Halogen or HPS lights can provide light for thousands of hours, but the quality degrades gradually as they start to burn out. LEDs, on the other hand, provide perfect lighting consistently for 50,000+ hours. It’s safe to say, maintenance costs are significantly lower with LED lights, which leads us to the next advantage.
- Energy and Cost Savings
LEDs only use a fraction of the energy that other types of lights use, so it’s no wonder that they are extremely energy efficient. A good example of this put to use would be Los Angeles upgrading their streetlights from old HPS lamps to new LED technology, which helped slashed streetlight energy usage by 75%. LED lights are a remarkably effective method for cutting power costs in large commercial applications. The Queens Museum in New York reduced their energy costs by 90% when they converted over to modern LED technology.
- High Quality Lighting
Lighting quality can be very important depending on the application. LEDs provide full saturation of color, with a color rendering index (CRI) rating ranging from 95 up to 98. Traditionally, lights such as halogen lamps were used for color rendering which presented problems by casting a warm hue over cooler-toned colors, drowning out their vibrancy. With LEDs, flowers, art, and food for example pop with more color and are much easier on the eyes.
Long operating life is a very desirable trait when choosing lighting, but great durability is a major reason why LEDs can deliver such an extended operating life in the first place. LEDs are created with solid-state construction. Instead of using fragile filaments or pressurized gas, LEDs use a chip inside an epoxy resin which helps provide resistance to damage that can be sustained from impacts or vibrations. This makes LED lights a top choice for exterior lighting applications.
- Instant Lighting
There are no warm up or cool down periods with LED lights. This makes it so switching them on provides full brightness instantly. With other types of lights, they take a few minutes to fully illuminate the desired area.
- Eco-friendly Lighting
In addition to using only a fraction of the energy that other bulbs use, LEDs also have the advantage of not using toxic chemicals. Fluorescent lights for example, use mercury and phosphor which can present hazards during breakage or disposal.
- Reduced UV Emissions
LEDs actually emit almost no UV rays compared to fluorescent lights for example. Almost every type of light emits a bit of UV radiation, but LEDs emit the least. These UV rays aren’t harmful to humans, but they can be damaging to artwork and certain artifacts. This is largely the reason museums typically exhibit lower light levels. LEDs are a must for art galleries and supermarkets.
- Extra Color Temperatures
From warm 1800K to cools beyond 6000K, LED lights can provide a wide range of color temperatures. Technically, this means LEDs are a great choice for almost every application, from hospitals and hotels, to restaurants and retail stores.
- Diverse Operating Conditions
Whether it’s a hot environment or very cold, LEDs function very well in different temperatures and can be dimmed down without degrading light quality or experiencing flickers. This is an underrated advantage, as this huge operating range gives LED users an array of options on exactly where and how their LED lights can be used.
- Many Design Options
LEDs can be manufactured in many different shapes and sizes. This versatility is essential for making clean and modern aesthetics a reality. From disc-shapes to linear lighting fixtures, the possibilities know no bounds. LEDs are becoming increasingly common in applications that require unique lighting fixtures such as mansions and art galleries.