The topic of environmental protection is more prevalent today than never. It is everybody’s responsibility to try to minimize the negative impact our everyday lives have on the world around us in order to protect nature and our future on the planet. A huge aspect of this is energy consumption and how we choose to address it.
The LED lighting is a great example of a technology we can use to optimize that and reduce our carbon footprint. Let us take a look at some of the greatest advantages it brings to our lives, should we choose to go in that direction in our household.
What’s LED And Why It Matters
The term is an abbreviation for light-emitting diode. Products of this kind are no less than 90% more effective than the ones involving incandescent light bulbs. So, how is that achieved? By passing an electrical current through a microchip, while a special heat sink absorbs the heat generated in the process.
The longevity of LED products is due to the fact that, unlike fluorescent or incandescent ones, they do not fail or burn out. What happens with prolonged use is gradual dimming and a decrease in brightness. The lifespan of such a bulb is thus established by the expected period of use after which its output is likely to lose around 30 percent of its intensity.
Specifics And Applications
Light-emitting diodes are used in fixtures and bulbs with the purpose of generating light for household and industrial purposes. They have huge benefits for both, and you can read about the most important ones at this LINK. The fact that the diodes are so small in size represents a huge opportunity for incorporating them in endless varieties and designs. Some LED bulbs resemble the traditional type bulbs, still, others involve in-built permanent fixtures, and still, others are molded into unique forms for a specific, narrow application. LED technology can both completely substitute regular incandescent bulbs and provide a huge opportunity for innovation where regular lighting is yet to tread.
Since heat is the basic product of the diodes, which they disperse in order to not overheat with the help of sophisticated technology, thermal management is the single most important factor in their efficiency. High temperatures quickly degrade the quality and lifespan of the light. Luckily, advancements in modern technology have enabled the use of all sorts of heat sink shapes and materials, thus achieving proper heat management throughout the product lifespan.
Efficient And Ecological
With 80 to 90 percent of its energy converted to light rather than heat, LED is by far the most efficient lighting technology ever created (check out more information on that here.). For comparison, incandescent bulbs lose these 80 percent, making them only 20 % efficient. This is a huge difference that is hard to overlook, and despite the fact that the former is a bit of an investment at first, fitting your entire home with LED will pay itself off in not more than a year, and is the financially-savvy thing to do.
On the environmental side of things, they are also ecologically sound because of the lack of toxic compounds being burned in the process. You can also recycle them 100 percent, so it is safe to say that using them will reduce your carbon footprint by a third. And last by not least, the longevity of these bulbs means fewer materials and lower production costs.
LED products are exceptionally durable and sturdy. This makes them an excellent choice for application in transport and civil engineering, due to their ability to withstand harsh weather conditions, subzero temperatures, vibrations, and shock. Apart from that, since they are producing the negligible amount of infra-red light, they do not put stored goods in facilities and warehouses in danger of UV or heat damage. They are also a great choice for museums, where they can light up displays without damaging the precious artifacts.
Last but not least, LED technology works instantly and even on low-voltage power, making it ideal in remote areas, on camping sites, greenhouses, and working together with solar panels. It is really great for outdoor use and yet to be beaten by anything else in this respect as well.