8 Things You Need to Know About LEDs

8 Things You Might Not Know About LEDs: Did you say “Diode”? LED stands for light-emitting diode. While the “light-emitting”

8 Things You Might Not Know About LEDs:

  1. Did you say “Diode”?
    LED stands for light-emitting diode. While the “light-emitting” bit needs no explanation, what’s a diode? To keep it basic, a diode is something that transmits electricity in one direction only, using a semi-conductor. A semi-conductor is something that transfers electricity less than a conductor (such as metal, copper, etc.) and more than an insulator (something that blocks electric flow). Semi-conductor’s are generally made of silicon and are essential components of most electrical circuits.So, an LED is a diode that emits light. The semi-conductor allows the electricity to create more light, with less electricity while not heating up. Today’s LED lights are six-seven times more energy efficient than conventional incandescence lights and cut energy use by about 80%.
  2. 25,000 hours is a lot of time.
    LED lights cost more than conventional lights, but a good LED light can last up to 25,000 hours, which equates to 25 times longer than a normal incandescent light bulb. Or, if you left your LED light on for half the entire day, it could last you six years.
  3. Don’t burn your hand!
    “Incandescent” means that something produces light as a result of heat. That’s why conventional lights get so hot. A lot of heat is required to generate light – it releases about 90% of it’s energy as heat. An LED on the other hand, not only uses far less energy but it also produces very little heat making it an energy efficient choice all around.
  4. Precision
    Being so versatile, LED lights can now be found in use in all sorts of systems. Traffic lights, vehicles, TVs, displays, offices and so on. One big advantage of LED lights is that they can be configured to point light in an exact direction as opposed to normal lights that spread light every which way.
  5. Are LEDs environmentally friendly?
    LED lights don’t only provide a major advantage over conventional incandescent lights, but they also have no mercury. Due to this, and the above reasons as well, studies show that LED lights have a much smaller environmental impact than other light bulbs and having no mercury are safer than fluorescent bulbs. LED light bulbs can also be recycled.
  6. Advancing technology
    Unlike some other bulbs, the LED bulbs is constantly advancing. Due to it’s advantages, the last two decades have seen over 58 patents for LED products. Research into new LED technology includes new ways to use existing materials, how to extract more light and ways to overcome technological challenges. More recently, five new projects were launched to work out better ways of cutting costs by improving the equipment used to manufacture LED lights and the process.
  7. The LED light revolution
    Since their initial discovery in 1962 by GE, LED lights have grown in popularity due to their advancing technology and advantages. It’s estimated that by 2030, LED lights will account for 75% of all lighting sales in the U.S.
  8. $250B in savings
    In 2012, about 49 million LED lights were installed in the U.S., this amounted to about $675 million in annual energy costs. Despite the clear advantages, not all lights are LEDs. A study done showed that if the U.S. was to switch fully to LED lighting, it would save $250,000,000,000 ($250 billion) in energy costs. Talk about energy efficiency!

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