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    LED LIGHTS VS TRADITIONAL LIGHTS

     

    A recent innovative step in electronic devices, the LED light, seems to be a hot topic of discussion every time lighting options are discussed. There are a few reasons that are responsible for making them so popular in a small span of time. LED lights are more energy efficient, durable, cooler, easy to switch, compact and environmentally friendly as compared to traditional lights.

     

    LEDs used in lighting are small sized electronic chips that can be applied in various lighting shapes and are more versatile that it’s predecessors, the filament or tungsten incandescent. Moreover, LEDs lights are able to focus its light in a particular direction; which means minimal light is wasted as compared to the highly inefficient florescent and incandescent bulbs which waste energy by emitting light in all directions. EVA; an LED light designed by an Australian company, is an example of an LED light that focuses on downward lighting with a controlled beam spread of exactly 100 degrees. The main difference with LED lights like EVA is that the beam spread of light is maintained throughout its lifetime whereas in traditional lighting, the beam spread gets smaller due to the weakness in the light it produces.

     

    LED lights are much more durable than traditional lights. Most LED lights can last up to 20 years which is almost 20 times longer than that of traditional lighting. Not having filaments is one reason of its prolonged durability. In addition, LED lights use electrons as its light source as compared to traditional lights that use heat as its light source. Although both derives from electric power, traditional lights run hotter if brighter lights are required, whereas LEDs are designed to run cooler. This difference allows for the savings in electric power each form of lighting uses and the ability to outlive the other.

     

    Because LED lights are a form of electronics they are easily configurable and switchable. This makes them useful in situations where ad hoc lighting is required such as the type used in traffic lights, stage lights, automobile lights, etc. The EVA LED light from Australia provides a good example of how the configurability benefits of LED lights can be applied in domestic lighting by allowing uses to configure power, brightness and colours of the light output using a remote control. LED lights are eco-friendly because of the absence of mercury and other harmful gases. Also, they do not emit any harmful UV rays. Generally, an equivalent LED powered light emits 68% less carbon dioxide then a standard incandescent bulb.

     

    A large number of people are switching over to LED lights for domestic and office use, but the market is still young and it will only get more competitive as prices drop and technologies advance. Much like the air conditioner era of homes that moved from a wall switching phase to a remote control phase, LED lighting still could use a few more practical advancements such as maybe controlling your lights with a remote control. Philips has come out with a smart bulb called HUE which is controlled using your WIFI and a smartphone, but as compared to the EVA light which just uses a normal remote control, one would think where the market will draw the line as being too much or just right?
    Traditional lighting is a good option for those who are willing to spend low initially. However, the benefit that LED lighting offers through instant energy savings and ease of maintenance certainly outweighs the higher upfront cost of LED lights. It is also much safer for the environment. You can easily see now why so many home makers and business owners are switching from traditional lights to LED lights.

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