Posted by Doug Root on 13th Oct 2020

Do LED Bulbs Catch Fire? And Other Great Questions

Every year, more and more people are making the switch to LED bulbs, whether that means they’re replacing their old fluorescent lights or their incandescent bulbs with LED replacements.

If you’re not particularly familiar with the nature of the LEDs or the benefits they can offer, then you might have some of the following questions. Check out some of these common questions as well as the answers, and if you have additional questions get in touch with us!

Do LED bulbs catch fire?

LED lights are solid-state lights, which means they do not contain an actual “bulb” the way other light sources do. Other lights produce light be exciting gases and LEDs produce light by passing a current through a diode that emits light as a result.

Because of this, LEDs produce far less heat than other light bulbs, and heat is how fires start. Therefore, though an LED might feel warm to the touch, it is extremely unlikely that an LED would start a fire.

Do LEDs save energy?

The long answer is almost certainly and the short answer is yes. Energy-efficient light production is one of the biggest selling points of LED lights. LEDs are far more efficient than any other form of lighting, including fluorescent lights, and as a result, you can expect significant energy savings if you make the switch to LEDs.

This is even more true for homeowners using traditional incandescent lights that burn far more energy than LEDs.

Do LED bulbs have toxic components?

Unlike certain other forms of lighting like fluorescent lamps and mercury vapor HID bulbs that contain heavy metals and other toxins, LEDs are typically produced without these. Therefore, it is almost a near certainty that LEDs are free of these compounds. That makes LEDs not only green because they use less energy, but also because they are nontoxic.

Can LEDs be used with dimmer switches?

LEDs need special dimmer switches, but there is a good likelihood that your LEDs can be used with a dimmer so you can set the amount of light emitted at the level you desire. If you have questions about specific LEDs, get in touch with a member of our customer service team.

Can you use LEDs outside?

Yes, you can use LEDs outside, as long as the LEDs themselves are rated to be used outdoors and all of the other components of the system are rated for such. In fact, switching to LEDs outside in place of halogen bulbs, incandescent bulbs, or even HID lamps can save a lot of money for some homeowners or businesses.

Do LEDs really last that long?

Yes, they really do. LEDs will outlast any other lighting technology that currently exists, provided they are well cared for and used with the proper driver. In fact, fluorescent bulbs, which have typically be touted for their long life, will only last around 25,000 hours on average, with some reaching almost to 50,000 hours. Some LEDs can last as long as 100,000 hours.

Do LEDs offer a wide range of color temperatures?

Absolutely. Even though you might be familiar with the popular image of bright white LED track lighting or light strips, the truth is that today LEDs are produced in a range of colors in addition to cool and warm white, and in many different color temperatures as well. In fact, some modern LEDs have been produced to replace specialty ambiance bulbs like Edison bulbs that are typically incandescent.

With LEDs, you can not only enjoy great longevity but also set the mood with accent lighting!

Is it worth it to replace incandescent bulbs with LEDs?

There’s no easy way to answer that and it depends on what you need to replace. Some LED replacements are retrofitted to other lighting fixtures and represent true plug and play options. Others will require you to change out existing fixtures, which can be expensive.

However, LEDs are enormously energy-efficient, produce very little heat, last a long time, and require very little maintenance, so if you are looking for realistic ways to cut costs in the long term, switching to LEDs might be a really viable option. Get in touch with a member of our service team to learn more about how LEDs may be able to save you some money.

These are only some of the questions that users have regarding LED bulbs, but there are many others that you might have. If you have a question about LED lights that we didn’t answer in this article, then feel free to reach out to us at 1-888-988-2852 and we’d be glad to help you out! In the meantime, check out our recent blog on some of the serious advantages of LED lighting technology. Otherwise, enjoy shopping for LEDs and the eventual benefits you will inherit after replacing your incandescent light bulbs!