What are LEDs?
LED stands for Light Emitting Diodes, and are semi-conducting devices that emit light when passed through by an electrical current. LEDs are SSLs (Solid State Lighting), and are organic by nature.
What makes LEDs better than the rest?
Everyone knows LEDs are different from Halogens, but did you know that they are different from fluorescent lighting as well. LEDs are more efficient, last longer, and even more versatile for distinctive settings.
When compared to fluorescent, LED lights are cooler, 30 percent more efficient, and last more than three times longer. On top of that, LED lights do not contain mercury and do not emit UV rays.
Smaller, more versatile
How small are they? You may not know it, but you use LED technology every day. Chances are, every time you take a picture with your camera phone, you’re using an LED flash.
For business owners, like jewelry stores, LED technology means being able to light up those out of the way spots where before you might have to use crude spotlight, or even a floodlight. Small, versatile LEDs are perfect for under-the-cabinet or accent lighting. They are so small, in fact, that they are perfect for showcases of all sizes, in all places.
Also allow for a wider spread
While it’s true LED lighting is the perfect match for tight spaces, it’s also great for wider, more open spaces as well. LEDs are directional by their nature and emit a more focused beam, but nowadays LED lights can be altered to create more beam spread. Wide lenses can produce a beam spread of anywhere from 10 to 360 degrees.
Come in assorted colors
LED lights are no longer singing the blues. Today, Led lighting comes in all assorted colors including amber, red, green, and blue. While Led lights are brighter than ever and seem white, there actually is no color white. To get that bright, white effect, different color LEDs are mixed or covered with a phosphor material that converts the color of the light.
The average LED light bulb uses between 2 and 17 watts. Compare that to old Halogen bulbs which run anywhere from 20 to 100 watts, and higher. So what does this mean? This means big savings on your electric bill. For businesses, especially larger ones, that can mean thousands of dollars in savings.
LEDs emit light in a specific direction, reducing the need for reflectors and diffusers that can trap light. This feature makes LEDs more efficient for many uses such as recessed downlights and task lighting. With other types of lighting, the light must be reflected to the desired direction and more than half of the light may never leave the fixture.
While it’s true that LED lights are more expensive to purchase, their long-term benefits far outweigh their initial costs. These savings are especially noticeable in commercial environments. In fact, the LED bulb was first used in commercial settings where electrical costs are so much higher.
Because of the rising popularity of LED bulbs, their initial cost has been going down in recent years. While the average cost for an Halogen-comparable LED bulb may be as high as 30 times more, the lifespan of the LED build is 50 times greater, and that doesn’t even figure in the savings in electrical costs.