If you’re a home or business owner, you’re always looking for ways to save money, and you may keep hearing that one of the ways is to switch to LED lighting. But what exactly are LED bulbs and why will they save you so much?
Here are some must-know details about LED lighting:
WHAT DOES LED STAND FOR?
LED stands for ‘Light Emitting Diode’, a semiconductor device that converts electricity into light, doing so more efficiently than incandescent and CFL bulbs.
WHY ARE LEDs MORE EFFICIENT?
LEDs are “directional” light sources, which means they emit light in a specific direction, unlike incandescent and compact fluorescent bulbs, which emit light and heat in all directions.
HOW LONG DO LEDs LAST?
The lack of heat emitted from an LED bulb is what sets it apart from an incandescent bulb. Heat is what shortens the lifespan of a bulb, but since LEDs operate at lower temperatures, they last comparatively longer.
WHAT ABOUT WHEN LEDs BURN OUT?
Your LED bulbs will never just burn out. Instead, they experience something called “lumen depreciation,” where the amount of light produced decreases and light color appearance can shift over time.
ARE THERE FANCY VERSIONS OF LEDs AVAILABLE?
Not only are some LED bulbs dimmable, but there are also Wi-Fi enabled “Smart Bulbs” that offer a variety of features, many of which can be controlled from a smart phone app. This can include controlling shade and brightness to scheduling the light to turn on or off, all from your phone.