Light-emitting diode (LED) lighting is becoming commonplace today for numerous reasons.  A few common areas LED lighting is used include:

  • Replacement bulbs for 40, 60 and 75-watt incandescent bulbs
  • Kitchen-under cabinet lighting
  • Holiday lights
  • Industrial and commercial lighting such as street lights, parking garage and lot lighting, refrigerated case lighting, and other outdoor lighting

Here are just a few of the benefits:

  1. Life.  Incandescent bulbs can last about 1,000 hours, or about 41 days of continuous use. Fluorescent bulbs last a maximum of 10,000 hours, or a bit more than one year.  LED lights can have a life of anywhere from 30,000 to 100,000 hours, or three to 11 years.  For commercial applications, this means reducing labor costs of replacing light bulbs.
  2. Efficiency.  LEDs use about 50% less electricity than traditional incandescent, fluorescent and halogen bulbs, resulting in substantial energy savings.
  3. Durability.  LEDs do not have filaments or glass enclosures, making them breakage-resistant and largely immune to vibrations.
  4. Eco-friendly.  LEDs reduce your carbon footprint because they do not contain toxic materials and are recyclable.  A single LED bulb can save the material and production of 25 incandescent bulbs.
  5. No heat.  LEDs do not get hot, unlike fluorescent and incandescent bulbs.  So you can touch them without getting burnt, even if they have been on for hours.   That makes LED lighting ideal for areas that contain heat-sensitive goods.   Also, that means a LED does not require energy to cool it.
  6. No emissions.  LEDs produce little infrared light and almost no ultraviolet emissions.  That makes them ideal for materials that are sensitive to illumination.
  7. Light disbursement.  LED light can be directed to a specific location without needing an external reflector.  So a well-designed system can deliver light more efficiently to a desired location.
  8. Cold temperature operation.  Fluorescent lamps require more voltage to start at low temperatures.  LED lights increase in productivity at lower temperatures, making them ideal for refrigerated areas and outdoor areas such as parking lots.
  9. Instant brightness.  LEDs reach 100% brightness as soon as they are turned on, while traditional lighting can take up to three minutes.
  10. Switching.  Frequently turning LED lights on and off does not reduce their life, while the same cannot be said for traditional bulbs.