LED Interior and Exterior Lighting - Plus Landscaping
Light Emitting Diode's (LEDs) are finally stepping into the affordable arena and is becoming the standard for modern lighting solutions. Incandescent lighting was the only solution available to consumers since its introduction as a practical technology in the 1800s. Incandescent light bulbs produce a considerable amount of light since all that is required is more current to heat the wire element and produce more light. The light source mimics that of the normal visible light spectrum which makes it compatible in many different lighting scenrios. Incandescent light bulbs are extremely cheap to produce and are used in a myriad of different applications from home to automotive.
So why replace such a reliable technology? Efficiency and operational costs. For an incandescent light bulb to produce light, current is run across a small wire element inside the bulb. As more energy is introduced to the element then the light output increases. Unfortunately, nearly 90% of the energy introduced to the bulb is lost in the form of heat. A light bulb is a single use item, whose job is to emit light, not heat. Since electric bills are typically calculated by kilowatt hour and a typical incandescent bulb takes nearly 60 watts of energy to produce light; then it would be easy to surmise that using incadescent lighting can be expensive. When the technology was the only solution to the consumer, we had no choice in what was available. That has now changed...
Compact Flourescent Lights (CFLs) were an intermediate replacement for incandescent lighting since the technology was widely used in office buildings and warehouses. Since CFLs contain a hazardous gas called, Mercury, they were often difficult to dispose of properly and required special care when replacing them. This technology also required significant startup power requirement and took several seconds to heat up due to their design. This meant that, after turning on the light switch, the room would remain quite dim until the CFL reached its full potential. After turning off the lights, the CFL would cool down and the process would need to be repeated to light up the room again. To combat this in office environments, special ballasts are used to assist with the ignition of the bulb. As time goes on and the gases inside the bulb deteriorate, more power is required to maintain the light output. Therefor, CFLs can become very inefficient over time.
Enter the LED. Instant startup and no "ignition" required. This technology is robust, versatile, and extremely ECO-friendly. No special disposal instructions are necessary and you do not need to don a chemical suit to change them if they fail. Another major concern of incandescent lights, is their propensity to fail due to shock or vibration. LEDs are impervious to shock and vibration which makes them great for various applications like automotive, ceiling fans, landscaping, and uses around industrial areas. They do not degrade over time like CFLs and have the capability of thousands of hours of use. LEDs can be purchased with the ability to change color on the fly and carry the same dimmable features found in other light solutions. The initial cost of purchase can be slightly higher, but their lifetime benefits pay for the investment exponetially.
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EMTEC, LLC offers landscape lighting using LED technology and can evaluate your design ideas for implementation. LEDs also make a great contribution to the holidays with their color changing and sequencing capabilities with a compatible controller. Contact us today so that we can make your landscape lighting dream come true!