Monday, 13 October 2014

Are LED Ceiling Lights & LED Light Bulbs Better?

Countries such as the United States, are either considering phasing out incandescent light bulbs or have already passed laws to ban these lights. As standard light bulbs go the way of the dinosaurs, customers are given with just two options, LED ceiling bulbs and compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs).

In fact, LED (light emitting diode) technology has been around for quite a while. LEDs are basically tiny light bulbs about the size of a matchstick head that fit into an electrical circuit. Which pinpoint light which indicates your dishwasher is running, for example, is a LED light. LED lights are used to form the numbers on digital clocks and are used as instrument panel lighting in vehicles, boats, and aircraft.

As LEDs are energy efficient, it can tolerate temperature variances and turbulence - all while lasting a long time - the quest began in an effort to create light bulbs by clustering numerous LED's together. And LED bulbs are now being produced that boast exceptional energy efficiency. A 7-watt LED light bulb, for example, can now replace a 75-watt incandescent bulb. As such, the potential savings in energy costs and greenhouse gasses is enormous.

While standard bulbs and CFLs illuminate light in all directions, the light from LED ceiling light is directed or focused, like a spotlight. While this works well for situations such as reading and work areas, it results in not satisfactory illumination for general lighting needs.

Many of the less expensive LED bulbs produced use poor quality LED's which burn out prematurely due to manufacturing issues. Unlike incandescent bulbs, which release their heat, LEDs contain their heat, which causes their light quality to degrade. Even though heat syncs are added to redirect the heat to a circuit board, issues with temperature overload are still frequent.

Due to their brightness, stability and attractive pricing (not much more than incandescent bulbs) CFL's are currently the better choice for most homes and businesses. However, if you decide to take LEDs for a test drive, here are some tips:

Start out by trying just one LED light.

Take time research and read consumer feedback and reviews. Weigh the pros and the cons. Pay careful attention to warranties and guarantees from both the manufacturer and the store you buy from. Beware of the less expensive LED light bulbs as they are often problematic.

Once the LED technology improves, LED ceiling lights will be worth looking at in the future. However for now, CFLs are clearly the better overall choice.

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