10 Things to Know About LED Bulbs
The transition to LED bulbs is the main hit in the Lighting Industry now, with so much benefits to the environment and the consumer. This post has got 10 things you need to know about LED Bulbs.
1. First Things First: What does LED stand for?
LED is short for Light-Emitting Diode.
2. How long do LEDs last?
LEDs are notable for being extremely long-lasting products. Many LEDs have a rated life of up to 50,000 hours. This is approximately 50 times longer than a typical incandescent, 20-25 times longer than a typical halogen, and 8-10 times longer than a typical CFL. Used 12 hours a day, a 50,000 bulb will last more than 11 years. Used 8 hours a day, it will last 17 years!
3. Where can LEDs be used?
They can be used almost anywhere. LED replacements are already available for bulb types such as incandescent, halogen,fluorescent reflectors, tubes, candles, and more. When used on dimmers, particularly dimming systems that support many bulbs, we suggest testing a few LEDs first to test compatibility.
4. What are the advantages of switching to LED?
LEDs use much less electricity than other bulbs so you don't have to pay more,
LEDs have extremely long rated lives,
LEDs produce very little heat,which is especially good for the current weather situation in Nigeria.
LEDs do not emit UV or infrared, contain no mercury so you have to worry about radiation
LEDs are resistant to shock and vibration, and can operate effectively in extremely cold environments.
5. Why do LEDs cost more than other types of bulbs?
LED is still a new technology, and the expense of producing quality product is still high. However, pricing has come down dramatically from just a few years ago and prices are expected to continue to drop. In terms of whether LEDs are worth the extra cost, it's helpful to look at the cost to operate a bulb in addition to the up-front cost. The energy savings realized in a switch to LED means that the extra up-front cost is often paid back rather quickly, and you'll wind up saving money over the life of the bulb.
6. Can LED bulbs produce enough light to replace the incandescent bulbs?
For most applications, yes. Off-the-shelf LED products are now reliably replacing incandescent equivalents of up to 100 watts, and specialty products are available to replace even higher wattages.
7. What's the quality of LED light?
If you buy quality product, the light quality is excellent. Color Rendering Index (CRI) is generally used to measure light quality on a scale from 1-100. Most LEDs have a CRI rating of at least 80, and many are rated 90 and above.
8. How eco-friendly are LEDs?
LEDs are very eco-friendly. For starters, they use much less electricity than many other lighting products. This means that less electricity has to be produced to operate them, and resulting in lower carbon emissions. Unlike CFLs, they contain no mercury. Because of their long life, they also reduce solid waste: If you replace an incandescent bulb with an LED, you will prevent fifty 1,000 hour incandescent bulbs from being thrown away. Additionally, they produce very little heat and can reduce energy usage related to HVAC.
9. Can LEDs be used with dimmers?
Usually, yes. Many LEDs are specifically listed as being dimmable. Some dimming systems work with LEDs better than others, so it's best to test one or two before completely re-lamping a space. Take a look at this LED bulbs.
10. Should LEDs be used in enclosed fixtures?
Not if they are completely enclosed. In order for an LED to function correctly, they must be in a non-enclosed fixture to allow for heat to dissipate from the heat sink. Otherwise, they can overheat and may fail early.
Explore the benefits of LED Bulbs by taking a test by yourself.