LED (light emitting diode) lighting offers an array of benefits that were deemed difficult, if not impossible, using other forms of lighting and for these reasons are often used to create amazing lighting displays both inside the home and in the garden. That said there are a number of common myths that are associated with LED lighting and in this post we’re going to explore some of them.
Fiction – LED lighting just isn’t very bright.
In the early days of LED lighting this may have been true but the fact is that as technology has advanced, LED lighting has got better. Nowadays many LED lights have a colour rendering index (CRI ) of 90+. CRI is the scale used to measure the quality and brightness of lights from 1-100. If that wasn’t enough LED lights are also used in the majority of traffic light tunnels and in many outdoor buildings too. If they weren’t deemed to be bright enough they simply wouldn’t be used.
Fiction – LED lights create no heat
While it’s true that LED lighting omits 90% less heat than a halogen bulb and they are usually cool to touch, they do have to omit some type of heat. So behind the LED light, conductive heat is released in order that the lamp can work to its optimum capacity. However with proper design (eg through a heat sink) the heat is both controlled, monitored, and managed easily. In the future LED lights will omit next to no heat and therefore won’t require a heat sink for them to function normally, making them totally safe to use on or near just about anything.
Fiction – LED lighting lasts for years
While it’s true that LED lighting does indeed have a long lamp life when compared to other forms of bulb such as incandescent and fluorescent lighting, they aren’t by any means immortal. On average an LED light is expected to last for around 80,000 hours. However if the lighting in question isn’t maintained properly or is badly installed, then this figure can be reduced to somewhere around 10,000 hours.
Fiction – LED lighting hardly uses any power
LED lighting does indeed use around 15% of the energy that a standard halogen bulb uses and yet provides up to 85% more light output. While this makes it an extremely effective form of lighting, a certain amount of power is still used.
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