BENEFITS OF LED LIGHTING
LED lighting technology has taken a huge leap forward in recent times and will soon become the most energy efficient lighting source available. This low power consumption combined with a long lifespan has meant a huge uptake in installing and retrofitting LEDs into commercial, public and domestic environments.
While the low energy benefits of LEDs are well publicised, there are other advantages to installing LEDs. Here are a few to consider:
1 Instant light
LEDs illuminate immediately meaning there is no delay in waiting for them to reach their full brightness. This has been a long term problem with certain energy efficient lamps for quite some time.
2 Safe option
LED lights contain none of the toxic chemicals such as mercury, that can be found in fluorescent lighting. This means they are much safer to dispose of and there is no risk of contamination if an LED light is damaged.
3 Low temperature
Because of their relatively low energy consumption, LED lights do not generate a great deal of heat. This means that many luminaires are generally safe to touch and perfect for many environments that are heat sensitive.
4 No UV
LEDs emit little UV (Ultra Violet) radiation, therefore are safer on the skin and do not affect light sensitive surfaces such as paintwork, art and wallpaper in the same way as some lamps. Another bonus of this lack of UV emission is that insects are not generally attracted to LED lights.
5 More control
As LEDs emit light in a specific direction, they can be useful in many applications where the light needs to be accurately controlled. The latest LED technology has consistently high colour quality across a wide spectrum of colour temperatures.
Due to the composition of a diode, LED is a very durable lighting option. LED is solid state as opposed to thermal filament or fluorescent lamps. This provides for greater resistance to shock, vibration and evaporation damage, compared to more fragile glass bulbs and tubes.
7 Long life
One of the biggest benefits LED offers over other light sources is a relatively long lifespan. The robustness mentioned above is one factor, as is the lower amount of heat generated. The constant thermal expansion and contraction of a light source inevitably take its toll on its lifespan. Having to replace lights less often has obvious financial and environmental benefits.
These points apply to well designed LEDs from quality manufacturers. Cheaper, lesser products may not be long-lasting or efficient.
LEDs can last up to 80,000 hours. Halogen light bulbs only last between 2,000 and 6,000 hours. Halogen bulbs also suffer what is termed as ‘catastrophic; failure, which essentially means they work until they don’t! And when they die they pop! LEDs, on the other hand, don’t!
Please be aware there are applications where LED is not the most efficient lighting solution and it is always prudent to consult a lighting expert before deciding on LED for major lighting projects.
As technology improves, we are constantly looking to exploit the ever growing possibilities of LED lighting. Here is our current LED product range: