LED Lighting : Frequently Asked Questions
What are LEDs?
LED is an abbreviation for “Light Emitting Diode”. They are the most energy efficient lighting technology available and they have the longest lifespan of any other type of bulb.
How do LEDs work?
LEDs light up by using a small crystal. When the crystal is energized with an electrical current, it will emit light while using less heat and energy than other types of lighting.
Are LEDs more expensive?
First thing you need to know, the price of LEDs have dropped by 85% since their first modern debut in 2011. Next, the initial price of an LED is more than a traditional bulb, but in as little as one month, the energy savings from your utility bill will start to pay back the difference. Also, LEDs do not need to be replaced nearly as often as traditional lighting, thus making them way less expensive in the long-term.
How much will I save upgrading to LED?
On average, your energy consumption from lighting will instantly be 60% lower while still maintaining existing light levels. This results in a lower bill each month, which directly translates into a quick Return On Investment.
Do LEDs last forever?
Not quite, they do have a life-span that can last upwards of 20years and are highly durable which can make it seem like they last "forever", especially in commercial settings.
Aren't LEDs just another bulb?
Nope! They are actually considered micro-computers because of their versatile and instant functionality. LEDs also have more control and a wider range of color than older lighting technologies making them more than just another type of bulb.
Can LEDs make you feel better?
They sure can! LEDs provide solid-state lighting which means there is no flicker like previous lighting technologies. This means the brain no longer has to register and evaluate random light patterns that are not usually seen by the naked eye. As a result, this can reduce symptoms such as a headache, nausea, dizziness, stress and lack of focus.
Why are LEDs better for Earth?
Unlike traditional lighting technologies, LEDs contain no toxic chemicals or elements. As a result, LEDs have the least impact on our planet’s air, soil, water and natural resources. The graphic below shows in detail, the environmental effect of LEDs compared to other lighting technologies.
(Image provided by The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy)
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