SEVEN REASONS WHY LED'S
(Light Emitting Diodes) ARE STEALING THE LIMELIGHT.....................
Although already a mainstay in the interior environment, LED technology is quickly gaining ground in the great outdoors. Just as solid-state circuitry replaced vacuum tubes in TV sets, solid-state LED lighting is replacing the Edison light bulbs and variations there-of. Here’s why:
1) LED lights can last for decades.
LED lights are solid state technology, containing no electrical filaments or gas housings to break. With no moving, fragile parts, they have a life expectancy of 5 to 10 times longer than traditional bulbs.
2) LED lights will never burn out.
Unlike fluorescent lights, LED lights will never burn out. Instead, the LED diode suffers roughly only a 30 percent light depreciation over its life span. LED lights may, however, fail prematurely due to adverse environmental conditions such as moisture or heat, or from having voltages outside of their specified parameters.
3) Ninety percent of the energy consumed by LED lights goes toward the product’s main function—producing light.
The remaining 10 percent of energy is given off in heat or consumed through circuitry..Contrast this with the less efficient, resistive-style light bulbs, including 3halogen and xenon, where roughly ninety percent of the energy is lostdue to heat, and only about 10 percent is actual usable light. A 5-watt LED fixture produces the same lumen output as the industry standard 20-watt halogen fixture.
4) LEDs are the most efficient light source available on the market.
LED lighting systems have a higher initial cost versus standard technologies but offer a return on investment after only two years; the savings generated over the life of the system in energy, electrical components, and repair and maintenance will more than pay for the upgrade—and then some.
5) Energy savings: LED is extremely efficient, amounting to a 50 to 75 percent reduction in energy expenses in lighting over the life of the LED light fixture. Combine this with the savings accrued from available tax credits, and the return on investment is even quicker.
6) System life savings: LED lighting systems use smaller transformers, less wire, and do not typically require longer 8 or 10 gauge wire. Though this off-set does not cover the increase in system cost when using LED, the electrical savings over the life of the system will more than pay for the upgrade.
7) Repair/Maintenance Savings: The standard warranty of LED products currently on the market averages around 10 years; that's 10 years of never having to change and dispose of a single lamp.