LED Lighting FAQ
What does L.E.D. Stand for?
L.E.D. stands for light emitting diode
How long does a typical L.E.D. Light 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!
What are the advantages of switching to L.E.D?
There are many advantages to LED technology.
Some of them are:
- LEDs use much less electricity than other bulbs
- LEDs have extremely long life ratings meaning you change them less frequently
- LEDs produce very little heat so your children will be safe around them
- LEDs do not emit UV or infrared light
- LEDs contain no mercury or neon gases
- LEDs are resistant to shock and vibration
- LEDs can operate effectively in extremely cold environments
Why do L.E.D.s Cost more than other types of bulbs and why are they worth it?
LED technology is in its infancy and therefore very expensive to produce. However, over the past few years LED pricing has come down dramatically and prices are expected to continue to fall. To answer the question of worth, it’s helpful to look at the cost to operate the conventional lighting options. The energy savings realized by switching to LEDis that the initial higher cost is more than made up over the useful lifetime of the LED.
Here is an example: A commercial company who is operating lights for 90-100 hours per week can see a recapture of their investment In as little as 18 months. The continued savings will be further realized over the 10 to 15 year life of the LED Light.
Is an L.E.D. Light going to produce enough to replace my current bulb?
For most applications, the answer is yes. You can now purchase Off-the-shelf LED products that produce the incandescent equivalents of up to 100 watts