by ATG Electronics
LED lights, otherwise known as light-emitting diodes, are devices that give off light when electricity passes through them. These environmentally conscious lightbulbs are growing in popularity, and for good reason, too. LEDs are one of the most energy-efficient and rapidly developing lighting technologies – with their small size and unique design opportunities providing a wide variety of lighting options. When choosing whether or not to switch to LED outdoor lights for your lighting needs, it’s important to know what is behind the technology, as well as the benefits that will come along with it.
As far as the technology goes, LED lights are incredibly advanced. LEDs have an electrical current passing through semiconductor material, which then illuminates the tiny light source that is the LED. The heat sink has to do with its thermal management – the higher the temperature at which the LEDs operate, the quicker the light will degrade.
When the useful life of an LED runs out, the bulb will not “burn out” or fail. Instead, it will experience lumen depreciation. Lumen depreciation is when the amount of light produced decreases and the light color appearance shifts over time. Along with this, the light bulbs are “directional” light sources, so the light they emit is in a particular direction, which is unlike incandescent and fluorescent bulbs that emit light and heat in all directions. LEDs are available and suggested for outdoor use, as long as you make sure the packaging indicates the bulb is rated to do so. Once you find the LED outdoor light of your choosing, you are one step closer to reaping the rewards of the LED light.
The Benefits of LED Outdoor Lights
LED light bulbs are beneficial in many aspects, from the efficiency of the light source all the way to the durability of the bulb. Choosing LED lights for your outdoor lighting needs is the smartest and most popular option in our society today. For starters, the average efficiency of an LED bulb is 78 lm/w (lumens per watt) compared to the incandescent bulb, which is 13 lm/w. While LEDs have lower wattage, they do emit the same light output which enables them to produce the same amount of light while using less energy. Along with this, LED outdoor lights have a longer lifespan than other bulbs. Incandescent have an expected lifetime of 750 to 2,000 hours, while LEDs have an expected life of 20,000 to 50,000 hours. Big difference, right?
LED outdoor lights are also incredibly durable compared to traditional light bulbs, which can easily break when shaken or dropped. LEDs have the benefit of safety as well, being the safer choice compared to other lighting options due to thermal control that prevents risk of combustion or burnt fingers. The LED's thermal control also means that bugs are less likely to be attracted to them because bugs are drawn to the heat and wavelength of incandescent lights. The different wavelength used by LEDs discourages bugs compared to regular light bulbs.
LED Outdoor Lights Growing in Popularity
When it comes to industrial and commercial LED outdoor lighting use, LEDs are growing more and more common. They are increasingly used in streetlights, parking garage lighting, walkway and other types of outdoor area lighting. LED light fixtures are also used for refrigerated case lighting, modular lighting, and task lighting. In addition to reducing energy costs, LED lights are more environmentally friendly and far more durable than other types of lights for your company.
There are a variety of types of LED outdoor lights available. There is the basic and most commonly used switch operated lighting systems, which requires someone within a company to remember to turn on or off the power when necessary. This lighting system also means the company has the benefit of having total control over the electricity and its usage. There are light detection lighting systems, which involves a light detection sensor that begins to turn on at dusk and becomes fully illuminated in the dark. This type of system continues to run until daylight. Similar to the light detection, there are also motion detection systems available.
All in all, choosing LED lighting for your company’s outdoor lighting needs is the best route to go for any industry. Choosing to light your outdoor area with LEDs means choosing a more economical and efficient path that will save you and your business energy and money, as well as save the environment added stress. Choose LEDs for your outdoor lighting needs and see the benefits add up.
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