If you are searching for a longer lasting lighting source, LED lamps are the solution, offering a 25,000 to 50,000 hour lamp life. LED, or light emitting diode, is the latest lighting technology that is really creating excitement. While LEDs have been around for a long time, their applications for general-use lighting has exploded with many manufactures developing multi-use LEDs for use in both residential and commercial applications. These applications include (but are not limited to) street lighting, recessed can lighting, strip lighting and even fluorescent tube replacements. LEDs are available in multiple colors, resist fading and are suitable for indoor and outdoor applications.
A huge and important benefit of LEDs is clearly their long life and very low power consumption. They also do not contain mercury, making them more environmentally friendly in terms of disposal as compared to fluorescent lighting. They are more expensive from an initial cost perspective than either incandescent or fluorescent lighting; however, when viewed long term, they are a good investment, particularly if long burn hours are involved.
LEDs are better at aiming light in a single direction than incandescent or fluorescent bulbs. LED lights are more rugged and damage-resistant than compact fluorescents (CFLs) and incandescent bulbs. LED lights don’t flicker. However, they are heat sensitive and excessive heat or inappropriate applications can reduce both light output and lifespan.
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