LED versus Fluorescent
LED versus fluorescent lighting – costs and benefits of LEDs
Benefits of LED lighting
LEDs are far more durable than incandescent and fluorescent lights; we can expect LEDs to last for typically 50,000 hours, with many lasting up to 80,000 hours, while incandescent or fluorescent lights typically offer a 10,000 hour lifespan. LEDs are suitable for a wide range of environments; they offer safer lighting levels in factories and warehouses and a more ‘natural’ light in livestock sheds and horticulture where they are even believed to enhance production.
LED stands for Light Emitting Diode, which is a solid-state sem iconductor light source. LED lighting is a popular choice of low energy lighting because it offers exceptional energy saving properties. The main advantage is the high luminous efficiency which was 18-22 lumens per watt in 2002, compared to conventional 60-100W incandescent light bulbs which only emit around 15 lumens per watt.
The development of LED technology has caused their efficiency and light output to rise exponentially with a doubling occurring approximately every 36 months since the 1960s. in 2011 LEDs reached a new level of efficiency emitting 450 to 650 lumens from a 6W LED. This output is equivalent to a 40W incandescent bulb and a typical 13W LED in 2009.
- Easy to install
- Provides sufficient light without flicker or glare
- Save up to 80% on your electricity bills
- Choose from a range of flexible lighting options
- More durable than incandescent bulbs
- Cool to the touch - reduce your fire risks
- No UV or infrared light emitted
- No hazardous mercury components