- January 7, 2019
- Posted by: Havenhill Synergy Solar
- Category: Blog
Facts you should know about LED
What does LED mean?
LED is an abbreviation for Light Emitting Diode. It is a semiconductor device that emits light when an electric current is passed through it.
The average LED has a rated life of 50,000 operating hours to about 100,000 operating hours or more. This is approximately 50 times longer than an incandescent bulb and over 3 times longer than Fluorescent tubes.
LEDs contain no mercury
Mercury, as well as the phosphor in other bulbs, are hazardous materials that present a waste disposal issue at the end of light’s life. Light Emitting Diodes do not contain mercury. An Energy Department study determined that LEDs have a much smaller environmental impact than incandescent bulbs.
LEDs are safer than other bulbs
LEDs are safer than other bulbs. How? They emit almost no forward heat and operate effectively on low-voltage electrical systems.
LEDs have a wide range of applications
Light Emitting Diodes are used in a wide range of applications because of their unique characteristics, which include compact size, ease of maintenance, and the ability to focus the light in a single direction instead of having it go every which way.
LEDs are very efficient
Light Emitting Diodes consume less power when compared to incandescent bulbs. Did you know that a 15 watt LED will use about 70% less energy than a 60-watt incandescent bulb giving the same brightness or even more?
Other things you should know are:
LEDs are solid-state components and they are resistant to breakage and vibration. They are difficult to damage with external shock, unlike fluorescent and incandescent bulbs, which are fragile. They can operate at either hot or cold temperatures without significant degradation.
LEDs turn on and off instantaneously. In addition, frequent switching doesn’t cause degradation in the device.
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