Around the globe, incandescent light bulbs are being phased out in favour of versatile, energy efficient LEDs, which also have a far longer lifespan. Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) can be used in a huge range of devices, they don’t have a filament which will burn out (which is why they last far longer than incandescents), they stay much cooler, are ecologically friendly, incredibly durable, can function in extreme temperatures, and can be used when connected to a low-voltage supply. There are many reasons to switch to LED lighting in your home and as you consider your lighting options, here a few interesting LED facts you may not know.
1. LEDs can last for more than two decades
LEDs have a lifespan of around an incredible 70,000 hours and sometimes longer. This means that if you switch on your LED lights for eight hours a day, they will last over 20 years before finally needing replacing. In comparison, a traditional incandescent bulb might only last for a measly 1,000-2,000 hours. Plus, unlike incandescents, LEDs won’t burn out, suddenly leaving you with no light. Rather, they fade away over time, meaning that after 70,000 hours the bulb will be at 70% the lighting capacity it was when it was new.
2. LEDS are partly responsible for the development of thinner TVs
LED technology is being used to create incredibly slim televisions - possible thanks to the far smaller size of LED bulbs. Traditional fluorescent tubes are far bulkier, making it impossible to build a slim TV. The thinnest LED-lit TV is under 10mm thick!
3. LEDs could keep your home cooler
In the heat of the summer, when your air conditioner is working overtime and you’re doing everything you can to stay cool, LEDs could just help. Incandescent bulbs emit far more heat into the surrounding atmosphere when they are on - burning around 15 times hotter and releasing up to 90% of their energy as heat. LEDs convert the majority of energy into light, rather than heat, making them far more efficient and keeping you and your home cool.
4. The versatility of an LED knows no bounds
From lighting up a watch and transmitting data from a remote control, to illuminating a traffic light, LEDs can be used across a huge range of devices and have an incredible number of functions. This is partly because of their small size - just one is the right size to light the numbers on a digital clock and many collected together can power a TV screen or something far bigger - and partly because LEDs can focus light in a single direction. Their easy maintenance and durability also make them ideal for commercial use.