LED Lighting is at a Tipping Point

Light-emitting diode (LED) lighting has improved greatly in just the past few years. The quality of light produced by LED lamps has evolved from what many considered either too harsh or not bright enough, to a full range of brightness cross-matrixed with a full range of colour temperatures ranging from warm and soft to cool and bright. Package styles, performance and sizes now match traditional halogen and fluorescent technology lamps.

Advancements in LED lighting give these lamps some solid advantages over legacy lamp technologies:

1. LEDs are much more efficient and use much less energy than competing fluorescent and halogen lighting technologies.

2. Although Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) have taken a foothold in energy-efficient lighting in recent years, LEDs have the advantages of instantaneous light with no “warm up” time, a more compact size, and longer life.

3. LEDs have a lifespan of many times that of competing technologies.

4. Safety. Did you know that in traditional lamps 90% of the energy is heat, but in LEDs it is significantly less? Also, unlike fluorescent lamps, LEDs do not contain mercury.

5. Brightness. LED technology allows for a broad range of light brightness, colour and temperature. Dimmers can be used to allow users to control brightness. However we recommend checking the compatibility first.

6. Form factor. LEDs are available in flexible strips, allowing neater solutions for cove lighting and other types of lighting, as they can be bent around corners—unlike fluorescent tubes.

7. LEDs are better suited to lighting-control partnerships—compared to CFL and HID solutions—due to their dimming abilities, instant start and so forth. They also allow the control system to dim or switch off lights in areas that are not being used.

8. LEDs can now perform like traditional lamps. As you dim the lights, the colour temperature warms, allowing the user to save energy and still retain the aesthetic appeal of traditional technologies.

9. LEDs are also now available with high CRI (Colour Rendering Index) values of +90, resulting in a good reproduction of colour. This is similar to halogen, which was seen as a weakness in the early-generation LEDs.

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