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BENEFITS OF LED LIGHTING
Mar 08, 2017

BENEFITS OF LED LIGHTING

LED (Light Emitting Diodes) are the latest and most exciting technological advancement in the lighting industry. LEDs are small, solid light bulbs which are extremely energy efficient and long lasting. LEDs operate differently than traditional incandescent light bulbs. This makes LEDs far more rugged and durable than traditional incandescent light bulbs. LED technology also offers many additional advantages over incandescent, neon and compact fluorescent lighting devices - such as exceptionally longer life span (60,000 hours), enormously lower energy usage (90% more efficient), reduced maintenance costs and higher safety. LEDs are currently being used for a wide variety of applications such as: residential lighting, aerospace, architectural lighting, automotive, aviation, broadcasting, electronic instrumentation, entertainment and gaming, industrial automation and controls, the military, traffic and safety & transportation.

Efficiency

LEDs are extremely energy efficient and consume up to 90% less power than incandescent bulbs. Since LEDs use only a fraction of the energy of an incandescent light bulb there is a dramatic decrease in power costs. Also, money and energy is saved in maintenance and replacement costs due to the long LED lifespan.

Because of the low power usage of LEDs, they are becoming extremely popular for light sources in remote areas that use solar panels.

Although LEDs have a higher initial cost than incandescent and compact fluorescent light bulbs, the cost is quickly recouped over time in lower electricity costs.

Longevity 

LEDs have a lifespan of up to 60,000 hours compared to 1,500 hours for incandescent bulbs. An LED light will last over 7 years (constant use) before needing replacement. On average, LED bulbs last 10 times as long as compact fluorescent bulbs, and 133 times longer than typical incandescent bulbs. Long lifespan of LEDs will dramatically reduce maintenance costs and lower long-term operating costs compared to traditional incandescent and fluorescent tubes.

LED lifespan scenarios:

-         50,000 hours powered 4 hours/day  = 34 year lifespan

-         50,000 hours powered 8 hours/day  = 17 year lifespan

-         50,000 hours powered 24 hours/day = 6 year lifespan

Durability

LEDs are solid state lighting devices that utilize semiconductor material instead of a filament or neon gas. An LED light is a tiny chip encapsulated in an epoxy resin enclosure, which makes LEDs far sturdier than traditional incandescent light bulbs or fluorescent tubes. Since LEDs don't use fragile components such as glass and filaments, LEDs are able to withstand shock, vibration and extreme temperature.

Safety

Improved safety may be LED's most important benefit

LED lights generate virtually no heat therefore they are cool to the touch and can be left on for hours without incident or consequence if touched. LED's produce 3.4 btu's/hour, compared to 85 for incandescent bulbs. In comparison, incandescent lighting expels 90% of the energy it consumes via heat, making the bulbs hot to the touch. LEDs reduce the potential for safety risks such as burns and fires.

Environment

LEDs are made from non toxic materials, unlike fluorescent lighting that uses mercury that may pose a danger to the environment. LED’s are also recyclable and considered “green” or Earth-Friendly.

Color

LED lights are offered in a variety of base colors such as Red, Green, Blue and Amber. Because traditional incandescent light bulbs use filters to produce colors, they are extremely inefficient. LEDS can be blended together to produce millions of color options.

Future

LEDs are poised to replace traditional incandescent light bulbs. LEDs are rapidly becoming the preferred lighting solution of both professionals and residential users. LED technology is continually advancing - producing brighter LED bulbs.  The U.S. Department of Energy hopes to reduce the electricity used for lighting by 50% by converting to LED based light sources.

Uses

LEDs are currently used for a wide variety of different applications such as: residential lighting, aerospace industry, architectural, automotive, broadcasting, electronic instrumentation, entertainment and gaming, the military, traffic and transportation.  Since LEDs are focused lights they prove best at specific lighting tasks such as desk lamps, reading lights, night lights, security lights, spot lights, accent lights and lighting for signage.

Savings:

Making the switch from conventional lighting to LEDs has an immediate impact on any company’s bottom line.  Since your company’s energy costs are solely dependent on the amount of energy used, switching to LEDs causes an immediate reduction in your energy consumption…a reduction that will translate to your next utility bill!  Additional savings are at hand, as nearly every utility company is currently providing CASH INCENTIVES for reducing your energy consumption with LEDs.  As if that weren’t enough, because they last SO long, you’ll save a ton on maintenance costs AND because they produce so little heat, you’ll save on cooling costs as well!

Let’s look at this again:

·         REDUCED ENERGY COSTS

·         UTILITY CASH INCENTIVES

·         REDUCED MAINTENANCE COSTS

·         REDUCED COOLING COSTS

Switch to LEDs now and start saving!

Better Light:

Some of our customers have said that the switch from conventional lighting to LEDs is like the switch from standard-definition TV to high-definition TV; once they’ve seen the HDTV, there’s no going back!  The reason for this phenomenon is that LEDs provide a high-quality light, akin to your HDTV providing a high-quality picture, and that light quality is represented by the CRI.  The CRI, or color rendering index, is a measurement of how well an artificial light source mimics “ideal” natural light, with higher values representing more natural light.  No need to settle for orange light and flickering fluorescents!  LEDs typically have CRI values in the high 70s or above, providing even lighting with a natural look and feel.

Green Technology:

As if it were not enough that your company has chosen an engineered lighting solution that reduces energy consumption AND has a ridiculously-long lifetime, LEDs are also extremely green at the end of their lives!  All CooLED bulbs and fixtures are 100% recyclable and contain no hazardous chemicals (unlike conventional lighting, which contains mercury, PCBs, and other contaminants).  CooLED offers a full recycling program for the bulbs and fixtures we replace with any retrofit, including a certificate of recycling.  Let us take all of your fixtures back to our recycling center for proper recycling, so once your LEDs are finally in need of replacement, you can rest assured that they will avoid the landfill and will instead be reborn!

Extended Fixture Life:

Further adding to your bottom line, LEDs have far longer lifetimes than conventional lighting, which means less capital costs for replacement materials and less maintenance costs for replacement labor.  Typically, CooLED’s LED fixtures are rated for lifetimes of 50,000 hours or more (vs. 24,000 hours for conventional lighting), and CooLED’s bulbs and tubes are rated for lifetimes of 30,000 hours or more (vs. 10,000 hours for CFLs).  Less materials + less maintenance = MORE SAVINGS!!

Why ‘COOL’ is so Important:

Because LED lighting systems don’t radiate heat the way an incandescent, CFL or halogen light bulb does, the heat produced from the power going into the product must be drawn away from the LEDs. This is usually done with a heat sink, which is a passive device that absorbs the heat produced and dissipates it into the surrounding environment. This keeps LEDs from overheating and burning out.  LED products use a variety of unique heat sink designs and configurations to manage heat, so they may look very different from each other. Regardless of the heat sink design, all of our LED products have been tested to ensure that they properly manage the heat so that the light output is maximized and the life of the fixture is increased.

5 Day Work Week

Estimated Life in Years

Hours/Day

Hours/Week

Annual Hours

50,000 Hour
  Life Tubes

100,000
  Hour Life
  Fixtures

8

40

2080

24.04

48.08

10

50

2600

19.23

38.46

12

60

3120

16.03

32.05

18

90

4680

10.68

21.37

24

120

6240

8.01

16.03

 

7 Day Work Week

Estimated Life in Years

Hours/Day

Hours/Week

Annual Hours

50,000 Hour
  Life Tubes

100,000
  Hour Life
  Fixtures

8

56

2920

17.12

34.25

10

70

3650

13.70

27.40

12

84

4380

11.42

22.83

18

126

6570

7.61

15.22

24

168

8760

5.71

11.42