In 2020 more people are evaluating the growing trend of LED (Light Emitting Diode) as they seek new energy efficient Lights for their homes and businesses.
Since the creation in 1879 by Thomas Edison of the Incandescent light, electric powered lighting has grown worldwide. Incandescent lights are famous for the heat they generate in fact 90% of the energy they consume creates heat and only 10% into visible light. While this fragile lamp was a revolution of its day and staying around for over 100 years it had a very short lifespan and was extremely inefficient by today’s standards.
Fluorescent linear tube lights became very popular in their first T12 (1.5in dia.) form in the 1950’s and went through a few incarnations namely T10, T8 and lastly the T5 being the most efficient. Still the process of creating light was inefficient and converted more energy into heat than light, typically 80% of the electricity used went toward heat generation.
So why is LED so more energy efficient than the staples we have all become accustomed too. Well LED technology is solid state (no moving parts) all electronic and very robust. Drop an LED lamp and its highly likely to still work, unlike both incandescent and fluorescent lamps that both utilize glass in their design.
LED Diodes are a semi conductor that when energy is passed through, tiny impurities (holes) in their design allow packets of light(quanta) to be released. Very small amounts of energy create large amounts of light. In comparison to an Incandescent 60 watt light bulb that typically generates 800 lumens of light, today the very same amount of light created by an LED lamp would use only 9 watts, that’s an 85% energy saving making the LED the most energy efficient lights available today. This ration known as lumen/watt ratio is the efficacy rating applied to most LED lamps. Today LED lamps can operate with efficiencies over 150lm/w and still deliver many years of reliable operation.
In addition to creating high amounts of lumens (visible light) LED diodes by virtue of using small amounts of electricity do not create significant heat loads so can lessen the load on air conditioning systems in warmer climates. Its typical for an LED to convert 90% of the energy into visible light and only 10% into heat. Its impossible to eliminate heat when using electricity, but today we have the option to use LED lighting to cut energy usage, create higher quality illumination and eliminate the traditional frequent lamp replacements and maintenance that came with ownership of all outdated lighting sources.
When it comes to external illumination of buildings, street lighting, parking lots ect. LED outperform metal halide, Sodium vapor and any induction lighting systems on the market today. In fact recent advancements in Solar power and Lithium Ion phosphate battery technology has brought about opportunities to take external lighting completely off grid and never suffer from blackouts when grid power is interrupted, by storms or failures.
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