You may have heard or read about LED (light emitting diodes) but what are the benefits to you?
- Long Life - Many LED's 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, an LED will last more than 11 years
- Energy Efficiency - Todays most efficient way of illumination and lighting, with an estimated energy efficiency of 80%-90%. This means that 80-90%% of the electrical energy is converted to light, while 10-20% is lost and converted into other forms of energy such as heat. This is compared to traditional incandescent light bulbs with an estimated energy efficiency of only 20% meaning 80% of the electricity is lost as heat
- Ecologically Friendly - LED lights are free of toxic chemicals. Most conventional fluorescent lighting bulbs contain a multitude of materials like mercury that are dangerous for the environment. LED lights contain no toxic materials and are 100% recyclable, and will help you to reduce your carbon footprint by up to a third. The long operational life span mentioned above means also that one LED light bulb can save material and production of 25 incandescent light bulbs. A big step towards a greener future!
- UV Emissions - LED illumination produces little infrared light and close to no UV emissions. Because of this, LED lighting is highly suitable not only for goods and materials that are sensitive to heat due to the benefit of little radiated heat emission, but also for illumination of UV sensitive objects or materials such as in museums, art galleries or archeological sites etc...
- Design Flexibility - LED's can be combined in any shape to produce highly efficient illumination. Individual LED's can be dimmed, resulting in a dynamic control of light, colour and distribution. Well-designed LED illumination systems can achieve fantastic lighting effects, not only for the eye but also for the mood and the mind: LED mood illumination is already being used in aeroplanes, classrooms and many more locations and we can expect to see a lot more LED mood illumination in our daily lives within the next few years
- Light Dispersement - LED is designed to focus its light and can be directed to a specific location without the use of an external reflector, achieving a higher application efficiency than conventional lighting. Well-designed LED illumination systems are able to deliver light more efficiently to the desired location.
- Instant Lighting and Frequent Switching - LED illumination lights up instantly when powered on, which has great advantages for infrastructure projects such as traffic and signal lights. Also, LED lights can be switched off and on frequently without affecting the LED's lifetime or light emission. In contrast, traditional lighting may take up to 2 minutes to reach full brightness, and frequent on/off switching does drastically reduce operational life expectancy
- Low-Voltage - A low-voltage power supply is sufficient for LED illumination. This makes it easy to use LED lighting in outdoor settings, leisure centres, swimming pools and underwater