LED Lighting Basics

LED stands for light emitting diode and the production of the light in this format is about 90% more energy efficient than the old style incandescent light bulb. Lighting accounts for roughly 7% to 10% of the energy use of most homes in the United States each year and that translates to between $75 and $250. So though it is not a huge savings to use LED lighting, it is a simple way to save without changing any part of your routine, just changing a “lightbulb”.

LED Life Expectancy

LED light fixtures and bulbs do not burn out like old style light bulbs which is a great benefit for consumers. However, consumers will notice that over time the light can become dimmer. The end of life for an LED is determined when the light being emitted has dropped by 30% from its original light production. The calculated lifetime of LED’s can reach as high as 50,000 hours which is about 50 times longer than the average old style bulb.

Lighting Fixtures

The fact that LED’s are much smaller than incandescent bulbs means that the variety of fixtures available is quite large. Not only can the LED’s be installed in fixtures that mimic those which require a regular light bulb but they can also be fitted into much smaller fixtures. A plastic strip the width of a piece of tape can provide as much light as a large florescent light fixture which is over 20 times larger. LED lighting is also installed in flexible tubing to light walkways, under cabinets and in small areas such as closets or other storage areas for easier access.

Many Great Benefits

Not only will consumers benefit from the reduction in energy costs but they will also enjoy not having light bulbs burn out at random and inopportune times. As an LED does finally begin to wear, the reduced light will be an obvious indication that it’s time for a replacement. Consumers can then shop at their leisure for a new LED fixture. In addition, the wide selection of choices and applications means that there are LED lights to meet every need.

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