What is an LED?
LEDs, or light-emitting diodes, are quickly becoming the standard in the lighting industry because of their efficiency and incredible light output. An LED itself is a small semi-conductor that produces light when a voltage is applied. LED lights (or fixtures) include multiple LEDs arranged to disperse their light in a desired pattern; for instance, a bulb may direct light in all directions, while a parking lot light directs light downward only.
Can an LED replace an existing fixture?
Yes. When it comes to replacing existing fixtures, LEDs are just like installing any other fixture; it’s after the installation when the LED difference becomes obvious, with the energy savings and the quality of the light output.
What advantages are there in using an LED lighting solution?
Comparing LEDs to traditional lights makes choosing LEDs a no-brainer! Several advantages of an LED lighting solution over traditional lights:
- LEDs are more efficient, using from 60% to 80% less energy to provide the same light output
- LEDs have significantly longer lifetimes, reducing maintenance and replacement costs
- LEDs are instant on/off, allowing for lighting controls
- LEDs are dimmable
- LEDs do not include hazardous materials, like the mercury or PCB’s typically found in traditional lights
- LEDs run at much cooler temperatures
- LEDs can operate in both low temperature (down to -22⁰ F) and high temperature (up to 122⁰ F) environments
- LEDs do not emit UV or infrared light, unlike traditional lights
How do LEDs use less energy than traditional lights?
LEDs are more efficient than traditional lights by nature. Not only do LEDs’ semi-conductors require less energy than traditional lights to create equivalent light output, but the instant on/off capabilities of LEDs allows for lighting controls, such as occupancy sensors, to be incorporated into an engineered lighting solution that provides additional energy savings (and money savings!). Less energy consumption + more lighting controls = MORE SAVINGS!!
How many LEDs will be needed to replace my current lights?
Since LED lights offer better light output with less energy consumption than traditional lights, it is typical that existing fixtures will be replaced 1-for-1 with LEDs; sometimes the total number of fixtures is reduced. Either way, the energy consumption is greatly reduced!
Do LEDs need to be replaced like fluorescent or incandescent lights?
No. Instead of burning out completely in a single event like traditional lights, LEDs degrade slowly over time (a very long time), eventually decreasing the light output. Since the degradation happens slowly over time instead of in a single event, a maintenance plan can be followed to provide consistent lighting with LEDs, instead of reacting to traditional fixture failures whenever they decide to happen!