The light-emitting diode (LED) is the most energy-efficient and rapidly developing lighting technology available today. Quality LED bulbs last longer, are more durable, and offer a quality of light that is comparable to or better than other types of lighting. LED lighting represents the latest development in the lighting industry, with the potential to reduce electricity costs and overall energy use. One of the major benefits of LED lighting is its energy efficiency.
We measure the energy efficiency of a lighting source in useful lumens, which describe the amount of light the device emits for each unit of power, or watt, that the bulb uses. Traditional lighting solutions, such as incandescent bulbs, convert more than 90% of the energy they use into heat, while LED lighting produces less residual light and more useful lumens. LEDs also work with very low voltage, making them ideal for areas that may be prone to flooding. Low-voltage systems generate 12 volts, which is much safer than a line voltage system that generates 120 volts.
LEDs perform well at almost any percentage of power, from approximately 5% to 100%, while some light sources, such as metal halide, work less efficiently when dimmed. Another advantage of LED lighting is that it only illuminates an area of 180°, making it perfect for recessed lighting in industrial kitchens, hallways or bathrooms. It's also ideal for illuminating works of art since it won't degrade the artwork and you won't lose any of the lighting power on the back of the light source. LEDs are also very reliable and durable: they can work for up to 50,000 hours without needing to be replaced.
This means that you can save money on maintenance and replacement costs over time. Additionally, LEDs don't have the environmental problems common to traditional lighting solutions, such as fluorescent or mercury vapor lights. LEDs have a higher initial investment than other technologies but their long-term energy savings more than offset this cost. They are also perfect for outdoor and landscape lighting projects since they work well with low-voltage power supplies. If you are looking for more information on LEDs or are considering a conversion to LED lighting, contact Stouch Lighting.
Our team includes energy efficiency experts, engineers, and project managers who can help you make well-informed decisions about how you can use LED lighting.