LED (Light Emitting Diode) technology is today’s most energy efficient and rapidly developing form of lighting.
LEDs last longer and offer a better quality of light than any other type of lighting product currently available in the marketplace.
LED lighting is a highly efficient technology and has the potential to fundamentally alter the way we think of lighting. Due to their high efficiency, LEDs are presently being utilized in consumer applications such as television indicators, digital watches and iPhones. It is the wave of the future.
Within 20 years LED lighting could be solely responsible for saving over 348 TWH of electricity. This is equivalent to the amount of electricity produced annually by the Top 50 electric power plants in this country. It will offer a savings of over $30 billion at today’s prices, not to mention eliminate the consumption of millions of barrels of oil.
LED lighting is very different from other lighting sources such as incandescent, halogen and CFL bulbs. One of the key differences is that LEDs are near monochromatic light sources. They omit various colors depending on the materials from which they are made.
LEDs are relatively directional —something like a flashlight—however, if properly designed and utilized the lighting products derived from this technology can be used for virtually every lighting application. As with other types of lighting, the light must be reflected to the desired area and more than half of the light may never leave the fixture.
LED lighting emits a fraction of the heat of conventional lighting technologies such as incandescent, halogens and CFL. It is common for conventional lighting to reach temperatures in excess of 400 degrees. LEDs are typically 250-350 degrees cooler which translates into energy savings.
LED lighting operates within an 88 to 90 percent efficiency rating. Translated, it means that 88 to 90 percent of the power consumed by LED lighting is light and the remaining 10 to 12 percent is heat. As opposed to conventional lighting where 10 to 12 percent is light and the remaining percentage (much higher, of course) is heat. The greatest cause of lighting failure is heat. Since LEDs use exponentially less heat, they have a longer life span. LEDs can last 25 times longer than an incandescent, which means one could go 20 years without changing a bulb. Think of the savings.