What is an LED?
A light-emitting diode (LED) is a semiconductor chip that emits light when conducting current. LEDs are very versatile due to their ability to emit nearly all color spectrums of light. This has led to their nearly universal adoption as a light source for a wide range of applications including: status indicator lights, traffic signals, street lights and today's advanced direct replacement LED light sources.
How does an LED compare to fluorescent or incandescent light?
LEDs last up to 10 times longer than compact fluorescents and even longer than typical incandescent bulbs. LED bulbs hold up well to jarring and bumping. LED bulbs are mercury-free. LED bulbs last for years and money is saved not only in energy costs but also in maintenance and replacement costs.
Do I have to purchase a new fixture to convert to LED?
LEDs can be used for direct replacement in your existing fixtures.
Can an LED produce the same color light as an incandescent bulb?
LEDs are available in white and warm white light color for the utmost in flexibility. In special situations, the color can be matched.
What is the typical lifetime of an LED bulb?
LED bulbs are rated to have a 50,000+ hour lifespan although time to complete failure of a bulb may be longer. Incandescent light bulbs are rated at 1000-2000 hours and fluorescent tubes at about 10,000 to 15,000 hours.LEDs mostly fail by dimming over time, rather than having the burn-out of regular bulbs.
Are LED bulbs durable?
LEDs are a solid state component – they have no filament or tube to break thus they are very durable. Even if you happen to drop or mishandle one, you will not be left with broken or shattered glass.
What are other advantages of LED bulbs?
LEDs can be fully dimmed. Compared to other light sources, LEDs emit very little heat in the form of IR which could damage sensitive objects or fabrics.
How do I dispose of an LED bulb?
LEDs are the most environmentally friendly light source other than pure sunlight. There are no hazardous substances used inside LEDs. With the long life you will receive from your LED bulb, you will save on the disposal of approximately 50 incandescent bulbs, and 5 mercury tainted, compact fluorescent bulbs thus cleaning up our landfills and ultimately saving our environment from hazardous waste.
Where can I read more about LED?
You can read more about LEDs and how they work at Wikipedia.org
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