Industry forecaster predict LED is the ideal lighting technology to become the dominant player in replacing incandescent and fluorescent lighting in the near future.
Really when referring to LED energy efficient lighting it should be called ultra efficient so not to create confusion with CFL bulbs (Compact Fluorescent Bulbs) thats have been largely advertised under the monica of energy efficient bulbs. As the effect/look of these two technologies is quite different. CFL normally curly or two parallel tubes in design, regularly disappoint due to the poor colour and low levels of light when compared to the light that they are replacing.
What are the benefits of LED lighting?
• There “Power consumtion” to “Light emitted” ratio otherwise know as lumins per
watt compare to conventional soucres is significantly less anything up to 88% less,
as they produce significantly less heat were your standard incandescent light is
• Life expectance is must greater the then the bulbs/technology that it is replacing. With lifetime running hour being quoted in the upper regions of 40,000 hrs 30 time that of a 60w incandesent bulbs.
• There abillity to replicate the phyistical properties, size and shape of traditional lights as the technology is much smaller, allowing greater use in retro fitting older lighting.
• The most recent generation have a better CRI or Colour Render Index, ie colours under LED are portrated more accurately.
• The current generation are brighter.
• LED are more durable then the CFL bulbs they replace, no gas, vacuums, filament no nasty chemicals like mercury that the CFLs have in them. 100% brightness, No warm up time.
Less power consumed = Few power stations. If more energy efficient lighting is used, less power is required, therefore fewer power stations need to be built and run. There are many arbitrary ‘facts’ thrown into this discussion for you to ponder or reject, but whichever way you look at it and whatever your position on wind farms, nuclear power, coal or gas, the bottom line is that we need far fewer of them which is why governments are forcing the phase out of conventional lighting.