In today’s world we are constantly hearing the word “green” used.
With the rising cost of electricity, the trend nowadays is to GO GREEN! We all know that this is used in reference to our environment and its associated issues that are talked about today. What we want you to know is that our company, APPLED Electronics aims to promote the use of green lighting in order to cope with the rising costs of electricity. With further development of LED technology, LED lamps are growing fast in indoor lighting. The LED indoor lights in 21st century will fully reflect energy conservation, health, artistic and humanistic trends. In the future, the LED lamps will light up every room and change everyone’s life. It’s a great revolution in lighting history.
The following information will help you understand the benefits of choosing LED lighting as you begin a new project, or replace conventional lighting you may already be using. This is your chance to start “Going Green.”
LED is short for…Light Emitting Diode. LEDs are tiny devices made of semiconductors-solid materials such as silicon that have varying abilities to conduct electricity and produce light. Unlike incandescent bulbs, LEDs emit light without a wire filament, so they have a longer life, and they produce less heat. Today’s LEDs are producing more light than earlier LEDs and can have a wider beam spread…giving them a wider light pattern. Here are some reasons to use LED lighting.
- Because LED lamps have little or no hazardous substances, they are RoHS compliant. With fluorescent lighting, you are dealing with Mercury, and the responsibility of disposing of the light tubes properly. LEDs have no troublesome Mercury or breakage issues.
- LED lamps emit no Infrared or Ultraviolet radiation. LEDs insure that there is no exposure to Ultraviolet radiation. Artwork and other sensitive items also benefit, as there is no degradation as a result of Ultraviolet radiation exposure.
- LED lamps use less power (watts) per unit of light than incandescent and fluorescent. In order to produce the light you see, conventional lighting burns through a lot more energy than is needed; a large amount of the energy (up to 90%) is wasted as heat. LED lamps generate very little heat, instead transferring most of their energy directly into light. The result is lower energy consumption and a lower cost of service-a lower electric bill!
- LED lamps last much longer than conventional lighting…as much as 10X longer. We know that there are claims that LEDs will last 100,000 hours, and they will. What we want you to know is that LED “use” life should be calculated on the “half life” of an LED. So an LED with a 100,000-hour life would have an actual functional life of 45-50,000 hours. Color also plays a part in this, with different colors having different life expectations. However, in the end analysis, the usable light life of an LED will still far exceed that of conventional lighting. This means less maintenance is needed. Imagine not changing a light out for 5 to 10 years! Also, because LEDs have no filament, they are highly vibration and shock resistant.
As already noted, LED lamps generate much less heat than conventional lighting (some halogen bulb lenses can exceed 300 degrees). Heat has two issues that must be considered. The first issue is that the amount of heat emitted by conventional lighting (wasted energy) must be offset by cooling. This compounds the waste and expense of using conventional lighting. The second issue is the matter of safety. Many conventional lights are simply too hot to touch, and are often hot enough to burn! By contrast, LEDs are cool and efficient – clearly a better choice.
- LED lamps are not sensitive to frequent power cycling. The lifetime of fluorescents is reduced by turning them off and on more than a certain number of times a day. The lifetime of these lamps is based on the lamp being left on 3-4 hours at a time, rather than being turned off and on several times during that time period. LEDs have no such concern about power cycling as it relates to the life of the light.
- LED lamps turn on instantly; there is no powering up time as you currently see with CFLs. Therefore, there is no wasted time or electricity.
- With LED lamps you have better control of the direction in which the light is emitted. This is extremely helpful when tighter beam applications are required. This direction-control is very beneficial for task lighting and spot lighting.
- LED lamps tend not to have unpredictable failure modes. They do not have ballast to worry about… or the consequential safety issues that may be related to ballast failure.
- LED lamps can be used in colder temperatures. Fluorescents do not start up well in the cold weather, or if they do start the brightness is much diminished.
- LED lamps are available in a wide range of colors and shades. Conventional lighting must use a lens to obtain a particular color. Also if you desire a more white light (more true to daylight) it is available in LED.
The products that we manufacture and use today will have an impact on the world tomorrow. Whether you advocate the notion of “Going Green” or not, you cannot disregard all the other factors involved. Energy consumption is not only a “green” issue; it is an economic issue when you consider the energy and maintenance savings that can be achieved by using LED Lighting. LEDs don’t have disposal issues (Mercury) and their longevity insures that replacements will be few and far between. Think of it this way… In doing what make “cents” you will only be doing what makes “sense.”