Monday 05 Sep 2016 by Joakim Roth
posted in: Latest News
10 Interesting Facts on LED Lights
- Some delicatessens and stores displaying fresh food use LED lighting, it’s been proven that LED light significantly reduces the number of bacteria bred compared to halogen or fluorescent bulbs.
- LED bulbs seem to be a thing of the future, especially in the last 5 years or so considering not everyone has them but in actual fact LED’s have been around for over 50 years. They first came about in the mid-1960’s, created by a guy called Nick Holonvak Jr. in his early 30’s.
- Incandescent bulbs or lamps only convert around 9-10% of energy it is fed, that’s pretty pants considering LED’s convert almost 100% of all the energy they consume!
- Think about how big the United States is, if they were to replace only 50% of their existing incandescent Christmas lights over the holidays, they’d have the potential to save a ton in energy costs. The savings are estimated to start around 17.2 billion dollars!
- Have you ever noticed those annoying little bugs flying all over your porch light on the way into the house? Switching to LED can reduce if not end those pesky critters from ‘bugging’ you, this is because incandescent bulbs produce an ample amount of ultraviolet and infrared radiation, which unfortunately is like crack but for bugs.
- Pretty much all LED A* energy rated bulbs are somewhat cool to touch, only ever really reaching around 135-140 degrees Fahrenheit. Comparatively incandescent and halogen bulbs will almost definitely leave you feeling a little barbequed with first or second degree burns as their temperatures can reach from 375 to 700 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Over the year’s scientists at NASA have been studying the effects light can have when it comes to healing a wound that has occurred in space. Thanks to LED’s healthcare workers and physicians can now offer light therapy to babies who have jaundice without any risk of harm associated with infrared radiation or dangerous increases in temperature.
- LEDs contain no mercury what so ever, 95% of an LED light bulb is completely recyclable. Comparing that to the amount of waste products that come from a compact fluorescent. Not only do the components create a large portion of electronic waste due to their design, they also contain mercury!
- LED lamps on average are not subject to serious damage from external shock, they won’t shatter into a trillion pieces like a CFL, you will also need to follow Mercury decontamination procedures with CFL’s.
- The U.S. Department of Energy have estimated that the widespread adoption of LEDs in residential and commercial buildings over the next 20 years will save roughly $265 billion, preventing the need for construction of 40 new power plants.