[fusion_builder_container background_color=”” background_image=”” background_parallax=”none” enable_mobile=”no” parallax_speed=”0.3″ background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” video_url=”” video_aspect_ratio=”16:9″ video_webm=”” video_mp4=”” video_ogv=”” video_preview_image=”” overlay_color=”” video_mute=”yes” video_loop=”yes” fade=”no” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding_top=”20″ padding_bottom=”20″ padding_left=”” padding_right=”” hundred_percent=”no” equal_height_columns=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” menu_anchor=”” class=”” id=””][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ layout=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding_top=”” padding_right=”” padding_bottom=”” padding_left=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none” last=”no” hover_type=”none” link=”” border_position=”all”][fusion_text]LED (Light Emitting Diodes) lighting is proving to be a very popular choice these days; with the continual increase in electricity costs, consumers are forced to find more energy efficient alternatives. LED Lights are the most energy efficient lighting on the market.
While LED Light bulbs may cost more upfront, they are much lighter on electricity and have a longer lifespan compared to traditional incandescent light bulbs – yes, those filament-filled glass bulbs from yesteryear!
So you know that LED lights are energy efficient; however, here are some interesting facts about LEDs that maybe you didn’t know…
- LED lights are not a new technology. In fact, the first visible light LED was invented in 1962 by Nick Holonyak, Jr. while working for General Electric. LED technology has actually been around since the mid-1960s!
- A traditional incandescent bulb converts about 9-10% of the energy fed to it into light. The LED however, far more impressively, converts nearly 100% of the energy they consume as light. Now that’s efficient! And great for the environment too!
- There is a push towards LED’s replacing incandescent lighting in a variety of applications, but LEDs started replacing traditional light as far back as 1987! The first time that LEDs actually did displace incandescent lamps was in vehicle brake lights, signal lights, and traffic lights.
- Most LED bulbs are relatively cool to the touch, with most residential bulbs running at a maximum operating temperature of around 60°C. While an incandescent bulb can reach up to 200°C!!! That’s bound to leave you with a first or second degree burn!
- LEDs contain NO MERCURY at all — and over 95% of an LED bulb is recyclable! Now that’s good for the environment!
- If you’ve ever had a patio or ‘stoep, you’ve probably had a patio light, and have on one evening or another had bugs all over that light – sound familiar? Here’s why you’ve had a bug problem: incandescent lamps and CFLs produce large amounts of ultraviolet (UV) and infrared (IR) radiation, which bugs just love. Switch to LED in the patio light and you’ll notice considerably fewer bugs.
- In places with fresh food; supermarkets, deli displays, etc, it has been proven that when LED lights are used there is significantly less bacteria than when halogen or fluorescent lights are used.
- The majority of LED manufacturers claim a massive 50,000 hour bulb life! If you compare this to the incandescent bulb life (around 1000 hours) and compact fluorescent bulb life (around 10,000 hours), it’s not difficult to see why more and more people are switching to LED lighting.
- If you use your LED bulb for 24 hours a day, every day, that bulb is rated to last 6 solid years!
- If you use your LED bulb for 8 hours a day, every day, that bulb is rated to last 17 years!!
- If you use your LED bulb for only 4 hours per day, that bulb is rated to last 17 years!!!