While there are countless pieces of content on the web looking at the advantages of LED lighting (it certainly doesn’t need me to divulge any further, simply give it a Google), less is noted about the common misconceptions people have about the energy saving bulbs.
With this in mind, I thought it would only be right to address some of those misconceptions and LED myths that are associated to the technology less-commonly recognised as light-emitting diodes.
In this article, I will look at some of the regular bugbears people may have with upgrading their lighting solutions to LED and why they needn’t worry.
1. LEDs are too expensive
While it’s true that the initial cost price of LEDs is more than a standard household light bulb, the savings you will make on your electricity bills will far outweigh the benefit of buying a non-LED fitting. Furthermore, the lifetime advantage of LEDs will also result in far less outlays of buying replacement light bulbs.
2. LED bulbs produce no heat
Just like any form of light, LED bulbs do indeed produce heat. This happens through a process known as heat removal. The excess waste heat is emitted from an LED during the conversion of electricity into light. The heat is then dissipated into the surrounding environment, leaving the beam of an LED rather cool as opposed to hot – all rather technical, I know.
3. LEDs don’t produce enough light
Because LEDs are renowned for energy saving, it’s sometimes automatically assumed that to therefore save energy, the light emitting from the bulb must be substantially less than a regular bulb. Well, the opposite is in fact true. While an LED maximises the potential of the electricity available, picture comparisons have clearly shown that LEDs produce a much clearer and detectable light (go ahead, give that Google thingy another whirl).
4. LEDs aren’t new technology
Ok, so it could be argued that this isn’t really a misconception of sorts – LEDs have indeed been around for decades. However, it is only in recent times that they’ve been thrust into the household market for general consumption. LEDs have previously been used for car parts, televisions and industrial equipment but they are now the must-have product for any type of lighting solution.
5. LEDs don’t last
LEDs don’t last forever, that much is true. However, if fitted in an appropriate part of your home, they could last well beyond 50 years – or even your lifetime. That’s not too shabby, is it?
6. LEDs aren’t worth the hassle
What hassle would that be? A little extra cost price that will make you a massive saving on your bills? That’s a hassle certainly worth having! LEDs last longer, use less energy, produce a better light and will save you money – what is there to argue about? It’s time you seriously considered upgrading your lighting solutions!
Matthew Wood is a Content Developer who likes to provide informative, unique and original blog posts on a variety of topics. Amongst those topics is LEDs with Matthew contributing this article for the online LED Lights retailer UltraLEDs.
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