LED stands for Light Emitting Diode. LED lighting products produce light up to 90% more efficiently than your average light bulbs. Electrical current passes through a microchip, then illuminating the tiny light sources we call LEDs and resulting into visible light. LED lights are brighter, so fewer fixtures are needed in comparison to your typical lights such as a Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL) or an Incandescent Light Build (ILB). There is no need for LED lights to ‘warm up’ when they are first turned on.
In the beginning, high quality LED bulb is typically priced higher than a CFL or ILB, although, in as little as 3 years, LED bulbs recoup their own costs in energy savings. The lifetime of a LED bulb can be up to 50,000 hours, which is equivalent to nearly 6 years of constant use when in an environment of 24/7 usage. It is estimated that in a commercial property such as your home, LED bulbs are to last averagely 10 years. LEDs that are left on for 8 hours a day may last as long as 17 years meaning fewer bulbs and less labor. Research reports that an LED overhaul can save 78% on electricity costs over a 25-year span.
Small in size, LEDs can be incorporated into bulbs and fixtures for general lighting applications. Design opportunities are also increased due to the small size availability. LED bulbs do have other options of coming in different shapes and sizes. Some bulbs can physically resemble familiar fixtures and can be a better match to the appearance of your traditional light bulbs. Other fixtures may have LEDs built in as a permanent light source, this is common in new designs from 2016 onward. With a tremendous opportunity for innovation in terms of form and fit, a wider variety of applications other than traditional lighting technologies can be put into play.
Performance issues are prevented by the head produced from LEDs being absorbed into a heat sink. The heat produced is dispersed back into the surrounding environment, avoiding the LEDs from overheating and burning out. Currently, materials are being advanced which has allowed manufacturers to design bulbs that match the shapes and sizes of ILB without the problem of heat release. The different heat sink designs are specific to each shape to manage the heat adequately.
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