Energy-efficient, practical, tough, and long-lasting, Americans are replacing their current lighting with LED lights in droves. But there are other things about LED light bulbs that you might not have heard yet, or been able to guess. Check out some of these fascinating facts about LED lights - and call us if you want to learn more about any of them!
1.LED light bulbs are not really light bulbs!
LED bulbs are actually classified as Solid-State Lights, or SSLs, which means they are not really light bulbs in the traditional sense of the word. That is to say that most light bulbs are “bulbs” because they contain electrodes within, as well as gases, that they require to help generate or mediate the light output. The bulb portion of an LED is really nothing more than a plastic cover or lens that helps to protect the diode underneath it.
Because of this, LEDs are a lot tougher than other light bulbs. They’re also not usually made of glass, so it’s very hard to break them. Other light bulbs will sometimes fail from being bumped too hard or from vibration. That rarely happens with LEDs.
2.LEDs have been around for almost 60 years!
LEDs might seem like newfangled technology to some people. This is mostly due to the fact that before 2000, the semiconductor materials from which they were made were very expensive, limiting the number of applications that LEDs were typically used.
However, LEDs have actually been around much longer - they were first invented by General Electric all the way back in 1963, almost 60 years ago!
3.LEDs contain no gases or mercury
As stated above, LEDs are not real bulbs in the traditional sense of the word. As such, they contain neither gases nor mercury nor the phosphates of fluorescent lamps. This makes them tougher, as mentioned above, but it also makes them much more environmentally friendly. In fact, LEDs contain no harmful compounds and almost the entire LED can be recycled. Some sources will even claim that up to 95% of the LED itself is recyclable.
4.LEDs convert almost 100% of input energy into light
Incandescent light bulbs and lamps have been used for well over a hundred years to light residences and businesses, and they offer great color temperature and light quality. However, they only convert somewhere around 10% of the energy they consume into visible light.
Compare this to LED lights, which convert nearly 100% of the energy they draw into the light. They also have great color temperatures to rival incandescent bulbs, ranging from cool, bright white light to warm white and everything in between.
5.Some LED light bulbs can last for almost 100,000 hours
LEDs don’t just convert almost all of the energy they use into light. They also last practically forever. Alright, so that’s an excessive projection, but some of them are rated to last nearly 100,000 hours. Compare that to incandescent lights, which rarely break 1,000 hours, or even fluorescent lights, the best of which barely scrape 50,000. All of that amounts to some serious energy savings - (see below!)
6.LED lights will help keep bugs away at night
Despite the fact that LEDs produce great quality and amount of light, they do not produce hardly any ultraviolet light or infrared light. Guess what produces some UV radiation and a ton of infrared light - incandescent bulbs. We can’t see these, but insects and other pests can, and that means that a simple switch over to outdoor LED lights can cut back on the bugs that swarm around your lights at night.
7.It’s better to light foodstuffs with LEDs
The fact that LED lights don’t emit much (or any) UV light also has a material impact on your life. Ultraviolet radiation breaks down the nutrients in foodstuffs, so it’s better for markets to use LED lights than incandescent lights for lighting food products. The same could be said for the lights in your fridge - and many modern fridge lights are LEDs.
8.LED lights have the potential to save billions of dollars per year - in the United States alone
Estimates vary wildly, but it’s been said that if the United States ran entirely on LEDs where they could be implemented, the country would collectively save hundreds - hundreds - of billions - billions - of dollars in just one year.
Read up, and if you have any questions about LED lights and their benefits, need to learn more about how to replace your lights or light fixtures, or just want some more information, give us a call at 1-888-988-2852. We love to hear from our customers and we’d love to hear from you, too!