Why Choose LED Lights?

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Why Choose LED Lights?

An LEDs functionality and purpose is superior in every way compared to an ordinary halogen, incandescent, mercury, florescent, CFL or HID lamp/tube. They are brighter, more powerful, and use less energy which saves you money. Below are some questions and hints to give you more information about the fascinating world of LED lighting.

What is LED?

LED is the abbreviation of “light emitting diodes” and are the unrecognised heroes of the electronics world. They are the numbers in your digital clock, the information transmitter in your remote control and could be a light source within your home or business.

How Do LEDs work?

LEDs are tiny bulbs that fit into an electronic circuit, but unlike traditional lighting methods they don’t have a filament that will burn out and therefore the heat generated is greatly reduced.

LED =

  • Sustainability
  • Mercury free
  • Low energy usage
  • Waste reduction
  • Recyclability

Why are LEDs more efficient?

The efficiency (lm/w) is the total light output in lumens per watt of power consumed. The higher the lumens per watt, the more efficient the light is. For example a 50W incandescent produces 750lm with an efficiency of 15lm/w and a 5W LED produced only 450lmbut has an efficiency of 90lm/w. Giving a saving of over 83% in power consumption.

What are lumens and lux?

When measuring how bright light is, it is defined in two ways. Lumens (lm) are the total light output from the light, regardless of the direction the light travels. Lux (lx) is the level of brightness at a particular distance from the light source. 1 lux = 1 lumen per square meter.

Benefits of LEDs

  • Lower energy consumption
  • Longer lifetime
  • No UV emissions
  • Faster illumination
  • Low voltage
  • Improved physical robustness
  • Ecologically friendly

How can colour have a temp?

This is the visible colour of white light measured in kelvins (k). It is generally found in three colours:

  • Warm White (2800-3500k)
  • Natural White (4000-5000k)
  • Cool White (5500k and up)