One of the most energy-efficient lighting technologies in use today is the light-emitting diode, or LED. The technology continues to develop rapidly, and is being used in many commercial and residential applications. Here are 4 things to know about LED lighting.
- LED lights offer fantastic energy savings over incandescent lighting. LED lights for residential use, especially ENERGY STAR-rated products, use 75% less energy and last 25 times longer than traditional light bulbs. In the next 8-9 years, total savings in the U.S. may top $30 billion at today’s electricity prices.
- LED light bulbs use a special type of light source. The LED itself is about the size of a fleck of pepper, and white light is produced from a mixture of red, green, and blue LEDs. The light is emitted in a specific direction, reducing the need for diffusers and reflectors that can trap light. LEDs also emit very little heat compared to incandescent bulbs, which release 90% of their energy as heat.
- LED lighting offers a variety of uses in the home. Because they’re small and focused in one direction, they’re terrific for under-cabinet task lighting. They’re also great for recessed lighting that faces downward in kitchens, hallways, bathrooms, and home offices. LED technology decreases downlight wattage by approximately 75%.
- LED lights are wonderful for holiday decorating, as they consume far less electricity than incandescent bulbs. They stay much cooler than traditional holiday lights, which reduces the risk of burns. LED holiday lights are made with epoxy lenses, not glass, making them less likely to break. Their durability is outstanding, with LED string lights potentially lasting for up to 40 holiday seasons. Up to 25 strings of LED holiday lights can be connected end-to-end without overloading the electrical socket.
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