About LED Lighting

LED stands for Light Emitting Diodes, an energy efficient lighting alternative to incandescent bulbs and fluorescent lighting. Led lighting is also known as Solid State Lighting. LED lighting is now used in a wide range of applications, including commercial, industrial and residential.

Features and Benefits of LED Lighting

LED lighting has many benefits and features that make them perfect for use in the home or business:

Energy Efficient

The biggest benefit of LED lighting as opposed to traditional styles of lighting is the increased energy efficiency. LED lights uses only 15% of the electricity of a standard halogen globe. LED lighting also produces less heat than alternatives, resulting in reduced air conditioning requirements.

Long Life

A standard LED light can last up to 50,000 hours, that’s up to 10 times longer than standard halogen globes. This means that you will have to replace your LED lights less often, saving you money and time.

Environmentally Friendly

LED bulbs and lamps don’t contain mercury or any other harmful components. LED lighting also emits up to 85% less CO2 than a standard 40W incandescent globe, making LED the smartest environmental choice for your home or business.

Durability

With no delicate filaments, LED lights are far more robust than traditional incandescent bulbs, making them more durable with less breakages and replacements required.

Fast

Led lights turn on to full brightness instantly. This means you don’t experience the warm-up time, flickering or fade out of traditional fluorescent bulbs, making LED perfect for flashing signs, signalling and automotive applications.

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Comparison Chart: LED Lights vs. CFLs vs. Incandescent

Energy Efficiency & Energy Costs

Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs)

Compact Fluorescents (CFLs)

Incandescent Light Bulbs

Life Span (average)

50,000 hours

8,000 hours

1,200 hours

Watts of electricity used

Equivalent to 50-watt bulb).

LEDs use less power (watts) per unit of light generated (lumens). LEDs help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and lower electric bills.

6 watts

13 wattsCompact Fluorescent

50 wattsIncandescent Light

Kilo-watts of Electricity used

(30 Incandescent bulbs per year equivalent, calculated at average ­5 hours­/day usage)

328.5 Kwh/year

711.8 Kwh/year

2737.5 Kwh/year

Annual Operating Cost

(30 Incandescent Bulbs per year equivalent calculated at 30c per Kwh)

$98.55 per year

$213.54 per year

$821.25 per year

 

Environmental Impact

Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs)

Compact Fluorescents (CFLs)

Incandescent Light Bulbs

Contains the TOXIC Mercury

No

Yes – Mercury is very toxic to your health and the environment

No

RoHS Compliant

Yes

No – contains 1mg – 5mg of Mercury  and is a major risk to the environment

Yes

Carbon Dioxide Emissions

(30 bulbs per year)

Lower energy consumption decreases: CO2 emissions, sulphur oxide, and high level nuclear waste.

182 kg/year

395 kg/year

1517 kg/year

 

Important Facts

Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs)

Compact Fluorescents (CFLs)

Incandescent Light Bulbs

Sensitivity to low temperatures

None

Yes – may not work under negative 10 degrees Fahrenheit or over 120 degrees Fahrenheit

Some

Sensitivity to humidity

No

Yes

Some

On/Off Cycling

Switching a CFL on/off quickly, in a closet for instant, may decrease this lifespan of the bulb.

No Effect

Yes – can reduce lifespan drastically

Some

Turns on Instantly

Yes

No – takes time to warm up

Yes

Durability

Very Durable – LEDs can handle jarring and bumping

Not Very Durable – glass can break easily

Not Very Durable – glass or filament can break easily

Heat Emitted

3.4 btu’s/hour

30 btu’s/hour

85 btu’s/hour

Failure Modes

 

Not Typical

Yes – may catch on fire smoke, or omit an odour

Some

 

Light Output

Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs)

Compact Fluorescents (CFLs)

Incandescent Light Bulbs

Lumens

Watts

Watts

Watts

450

4-5

9-13

40

800

6-8

13-15

60

1,100

9-13

18-25

75

1,600

16-20

23-30

100

2,600

25-28

30-55

150