G6 LED Lighting Solutions
Without a doubt, everywhere you look there is some new fad on how to be ‘green’. When it comes to LED lighting, know, this time, it is not a fad. Not only is LED lighting safer for the environment than incandescent (“old fashioned” light bulbs) and fluorescent (containing dangerous mercury) they are incredibly more energy efficient. This begs the question…what makes LED lighting so great? What really is the pay back and benefits?
BENEFITS OF LED LIGHT BULBS
Without a filament to break or burn out, LED light bulbs can last for over 100,000 hours without showing their age (that’s over eleven years at full brightness when left on 24/7). This lifespan is 2X that of typical fluorescent bulbs and 20X longer than incandescent light bulbs.
MORE ENERGY EFFICIENT
An incandescent light bulb loses 80 percent of its energy to heat, leaving only the last 20 percent for light. LED light bulbs turn this around, giving up a scant 20 percent of their energy to heat loss. Not only that, but they operate at 10 to 20 percent of the power required for incandescent bulbs of similar brightness.
In comparison, florescent light bulbs are also lacking. They are more efficient than incandescent at about 40-60%. This still pales in comparison to the efficiency of LED lighting reaching 80-90% efficiency.
LED light bulbs can be made in a vast array of colors without the use of extra filters, which brings down production costs. They also provide a truer, brighter color than a filtered bulb.
The days of humming bulbs came to an end with the creation of LEDs, so there’s no need to lose sanity listening to the thrum, tick, or ping of other light bulbs.
With so little energy lost to heat and so little energy used overall, LED light bulbs run cool, which means no burnt fingers or burnt down houses. They are extremely durable thanks to their solid-state construction, so there’s no broken glass to deal with, either. LED light bulbs also do not contain mercury like florescent light bulbs and do not require special disposal because of this.
LEDs can be made to focus without the use of extra reflectors or lenses, which means less bulk and lower cost for the same beam of light.
BEST FOR DIMMING
Incandescent bulbs turn yellow when dimmed, while LED light bulbs retain their true colors.
BRING LIGHT QUICKLY
Thanks to the wide array of colors and shapes LEDs be made to replace most any light bulb. Their diminutive size and power-sipping nature also open up a world of possibility, from infrared remote control lights to ultra-light headlamps.
Lighting up to their full brightness in microseconds, LEDs are a safer choice when reaction time is a factor, like when that car in the fast lane slams on the brakes.