Energy efficient – LED’s are now capable of outputting 135 lumens/watt
Long Lifetime – 30,000 hours or more if properly engineered
Rugged – LED’s are also called “Solid State Lighting (SSL) as they are made of solid material with no filament or tube or bulb to break
No warm-up period – LED’s light instantly – in nanoseconds
Not affected by cold temperatures – LED’s “like” low temperatures and will startup even in subzero weather
Directional – With LED’s you can direct the light where you want it, thus no light is wasted
Excellent Color Rendering – LED’s do not wash out colors like other light sources such as fluorescents, making them perfect for displays and retail applications
Environmentally friendly – LED’s contain no mercury or other hazardous substances
Controllable – LED’s can be controlled for brightness and color
Why LED’s are chosen for many applications
LEDs are ideal for use in applications that are subject to frequent on-off cycling, unlike fluorescent lamps that burn out more quickly when cycled frequently, or HID lamps that require a long time before restarting.
LEDs can very easily be dimmed or strobed
LEDs light up very quickly. A typical red indicator LED will achieve full brightness in microseconds.
LEDs mostly fail by dimming over time, rather than the abrupt burn-out of incandescent bulbs
LEDs, being solid state components, are difficult to damage with external shock, unlike fluorescent and incandescent bulbs which are fragile.
LEDs can be very small and are easily populated onto printed circuit boards.
LEDs do not contain mercury, unlike compact fluorescent lamps