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Everything to know about LED lighting

As you may have noticed, all of the products on Unusual Lights use Light Emitting Diodes (LED).

When delving deep into the science of LED, how they work, and their advantages, you will have a better understanding of why they have become the new standard in the lighting world.

Diode: A diode is an electrical component with two terminals that conduct the electricity only in one direction. With an electrical current, the diode emits a bright light around the small bulb. 

LED how it works

Light-Emitting Diodes are semiconductors. As electrons pass through this type of semiconductor, it turns into light. Compared to incandescent and compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) bulbs, LED lights are more efficient at turning energy into light. Therefore, less of the energy radiates from the bulb as heat. 

 

Advantages of LED

  • Come to full brightness with no warm-up delay.
  • Frequent switching from on to off does not reduce life expectancy.
  • LEDs have a lifespan many times longer than equivalent incandescent lamps (Up to 20+ years!).
  • Are significantly more energy-efficient than most fluorescent lamps.
  • Environmentally friendly, does not use tungsten or mercury, and they can reduce outdoor light pollution by directionally focusing light output for less spillover.
  • Are available in many different varieties of color qualities, allowing you the choice to pick the best lighting color and hue for your room.
  • Very little heat is radiated from LEDs, which can potentially save on energy costs for your home.
  • Dimmable with a dimmer switch, without that incandescent flicker.
  • Competitively priced (average of $5 per bulb).

 

After reading these LED advantages, you might have noticed that the initial cost of LED light bulbs is substantially higher than its competitors, but the price has significantly decreased. Just a few years ago, they could be as high as $100 per LED bulb! LEDs will provide long term monetary savings because of there energy efficiency and unparalleled long lifespan. Here's how much each type of bulb would cost to purchase and operate over a 25,000-hour lifespan (about 23 years at three hours per day): 

 

But wait! Don't go out and buy LED lights just yet, because there are more savings to be had! Most big energy utility companies will offer programs to entice their consumers to switch to LEDs. This includes rebates on LED bulbs and even free home walk through consultations where the company will switch out old incandescents with LEDs for free to slash away at initial LED costs. Just check your energy provider's website to see what discounts and programs they offer. Here in the Greater Metro Detroit area in Michigan, I use DTE Energy, and they came out and switched all my old bulbs for LEDs and gave me several free night lights!

Another huge way to save: Strategically place our intelligent infrared motion-detecting lights such as this THIZOR night light. This will ensure that energy-efficient lighting is only being turned at night and when you are in the area!

 

 

Rest assured that when you shop at Unusual Lights, you can be confident that we are using high-quality LED-powered lights. For any further information, please ask us directly at info@unusuallights.com 

 

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