Lighting 101 Get the facts

Advantages of LED

What is an LED?

LED stands for Light Emitting Diode. Unlike incandescent, CFL, or halogen bulbs, LEDs are made up of a material called a semiconductor. When an electrical current is passed through this solid material, its electrons within the semiconductor atoms become excited and release energy in the form of light. 

LEDs can be more expensive initially than other lighting options, but they can provide huge potential savings over the long term. While incandescent lights last for a paltry 800 to 1500 hours, and CFLs last up to 10,000 hours, LEDs can last 25,000+ hours. This can provide substantial savings as a result of fewer replacements needing to be purchased, as well as cost savings in energy usage.

Custom Light with LEDs

Most light bulbs come with limited or static color profiles. CFLs are normally cool bluish white, or newer designs can be warm yellow light. This light can appear stark, and is why most people have to use a variety of lampshades in order to diffuse the light slightly to improve appearance. Halogen bulbs produce a bright, white light, but LEDs can produce a variety of white tones, and millions of colors when using RGBW (red, green, blue, and white) LEDs in a bulb design. Incandescent bulbs are still preferred by some for their warm light. LEDs can easily produce many different white tones, allowing for purchase of bulbs that provide the best type of light for a room. 

Flexibility of LEDs

LEDs are also very small compared to other lighting sources. In order to create a light bright enough for use in a lamp, multiple diodes need to be combined to create a light bulb for replacement of other light bulb options. This combination allows for flexibility in the tone of the lighting, allowing for customizable light temperature, and even color changing capabilities. With the option to change your lighting, you can create a lighted environment that is totally unique, and achievable without using different color temperature bulbs in each lamp. LEDs are also directional, which is great for use in spotlighting areas or features in an environment.