Light Emitting Diodes, LEDs for short, have become a topic of great interest for people as the awareness of their environmental friendly nature and economic benefits start to spread. Being used primarily as a form of lighting in small electronic devices, LED lighting has come a long way as it is now quite usually used for creation of spectacular effects at events and concerts. Therefore, it has become advanced enough to now be used for everyday purposes around the home. Since a lot of misleading information about LEDs is being spread in the market, this article is written to educate consumers and home owners about the potential of this extraordinary form of lighting. To keep the pattern of this article both educational and easy on the eyes, it is divided into two parts, lists in particular, one each for the pros and cons of LED lighting.
Installing LEDs can become a revolutionary step to improve the efficiency and cut on the cost of electricity. Among many countless benefits, here are a few of the most important ones:
• Long-Lasting: LEDs have a comparatively longest lifespan which ranges from 35,000 to 50,000 hours when compared to 750 to 2,000 hours for incandescent bulbs and 8,000 to 10,000 hours for CFLs. This factor ultimately saves you future maintenance and cost.
• High Efficiency: LEDs increase the efficiency and lowers the power usage when compared to its competitors.
• Low Temperature: Because LEDs have a comparatively lower heat output, their part in increase of temperature is negligible.
• Size: The small size of LEDs make them prime choice of consumers as they can be used in spaces that might be too small for incandescent bulbs.
• Durable: Since LEDs are not made from glass, they are not easily breakable like incandescent bulbs.
• Low UV Output: LEDs have a lower ultraviolet and infra-red output which lowers the risk of fire, especially when compared with incandescent lights.
• Faster to Switch: The switching time for LEDs is faster and they are less likely to be damaged by on off cycles.
• Environment Friendly: Since LEDs don’t increase the temperature, or emit CO2, they are considered the most environment friendly when compared with its other counterparts.
• Variety of Colours: LEDs are available in a vast variety of colours, which makes home improvements and decorations much more efficient. Such LEDs can also be setup to dynamically change colour.
Like all of the other lighting solutions available, LEDs also have their cons, some of which are compiled in the following list:
• Expensive to Purchase: Although the power consumption of LEDs is less than incandescent lights but the upfront cost of purchasing them is much higher.
• Non-Dimmable Types: Some LEDs are non-dimmable, therefore it is advised to know the specifications of LEDs of your choice before making the purchase.
• Compatibility Issues: Some LEDs might not be compatible with usual and existing dimmers, which can pose a problem for you.
• Risk of Failure at High Temperatures: Under high temperature conditions, there is a chance that LEDs may fail prematurely.
• Efficiency Can Degrade Over Life: The efficiency of LEDs, including colour quality and light output can decrease over life.
• Less Resources Available: Since LEDs is a comparatively new technology, getting advice and accurate specifications can prove to be difficult.
Because the pros of LED lighting outweigh the cons of it, KMAC Electrical highly recommend the use of LEDs and to make them the primary lighting solution for your home and business.
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