This article was updated on 07/19/19. Happy National Daiquiri Day!
This is a rapidly evolving technology thats generating a large volume of home and commercial applications such as LED Christmas lights, rope lighting, security lighting, pendant spotlights, and more. Manufacturers claim they last over 50,000 hours. (Results may vary, as they say.)
The Emergence of Green Lighting Technology
The world of economical residential lighting continues to offer homeowners new choices. As energy costs fly off like a hot air balloon, new innovations come to the marketplace in an attempt to maintain the status quo.
If you are like me, on a never ending quest to lower home electricity bills, you know that it's not one big thing but many small ones. While things like installing an AC condenser misting system is a quick home improvement, other things are incremental. It makes fiscal sense to relace incandescent bulbs with LEDs as they burn out.
As far as home lighting is concerned, new strides are being made not only in energy efficiency, but in bulb life. These are the benefits of LED lighting.
First (excluding camp fires, candles, torches, and fueled lanterns) came the incandescent bulb, thanks to Thomas Edison. In fact, many homes are lit exclusively with incandescent lighting to this very day. But wait! There are more energy efficient alternatives.
Other Energy Efficient Choices Illuminating the Home
Fluorescent lighting brought an incredible improvement to the residential marketplace when introduced. It literally transformed living areas, kitchens, and bathrooms.
Compact fluorescent bulbs arrived and expanded the possibilities for efficient home lighting.
Then Low Voltage Lighting started showing up in exterior applications such as landscaping illumination. The obvious migration to home interiors was inevitable.
Halogen bulbs showed promise but they are problematic for some applications. They generate quite a bit of heat (not appropriate for some areas), the bulbs must be handled with gloves, and are very fragile. The time had come for the LED light bulb.
What is an LED Light Bulb?
The LED (Light Emitting Diode) light bulb is usually a cluster of individual units. Many of these produce white light but others generate light of other wavelengths. The exact combination yields the desired light tone.
They fall into the SSL lighting category (Solid State Lighting). This simply means that the light seen is emitted from a solid object, rather than a vacuum or a gas.
The Specific Benefits of Light Emitting Diodes
Energy efficiency The light bulbs burn very cool, while incandescent bulbs emit 98 per cent of their energy as heat! Much more bang for the buck.
Long life Diode units can last from 50,000 to 100,000 hours. Incandescent light bulbs typically last around 1,000 hours and fluorescent lights are good for roughly 10,000 hours.
Rugged durability They have no fragile filament to contend with, and no fragile tube. They are resistant to heat, cold, and shock.
Lumens per watt While manufacturers are still finding new ways to increase this ratio, Cree Inc. has been able to produce a bulb that generates 131 lumens/watt. This is research, though. Today's available LEDs are roughly the same as compact florescent bulbs, averaging around 55. Incandescent bulbs wander sadly in at about 15.
Installation of LED Bulbs
This modern lighting is compatible with most existing systems. Some models screw in, replacing incandescents. Others can replace halogen bulbs. The under-cabinet LED light bar is popular for kitchen lighting and other work spaces.
LED bulbs for special occasions? Of course! Who doesnt have problems with burnt out Christmas lights every year? They can easily be replaced with LED Christmas light bulbs. Imagine not dealing with this problem for more than 50,000 hours?
Theyre available in traditionally shaped Christmas tree shape, rope lights, popular exterior icicle strings, garlands The list goes on!
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About the Author:
Kelly R. Smith was a commercial carpenter for 20 years before returning to night school at the University of Houston where he earned a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science. After working at NASA for a few years, he went on to develop software for the transportation and financial and energy trading industries. He has been writing, in one capacity or another, since he could hold a pencil. As a freelance writer now, he specializes in producing articles and blog content for a variety of clients. His personal blog is at I Can Fix Up My Home Blog where he muses on many different topics.