Basic advantages of LED Light
- 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