Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) are the real deal in the lighting industry. They generate light through electroluminescence. LED lighting is slightly cheaper and more energy efficient compared to traditional bulbs. There are reasons behind LEDs being considered the best lighting source over filament bulbs. Let’s look at the benefits of LED lights.
Fluorescent bulbs can’t operate well in cold weather, they would require a higher voltage to turn them back on. They have low power intensity at cold temperatures. LEDs on the other hand are not affected by these temperature changes. They work all around in different weather conditions while maintaining the same intensity. This makes them a good choice for lighting cold rooms and street alleys. And, this is all done with minimum power consumption.
Incandescent bulbs convert 90% of their energy to heat and only 10% to light energy. LEDs emit very little heat energy. The heat emitted is within the visible spectrum, and a little is in the infrared spectrum. LED light sources can be used to light UV-sensitive sources due to this feature. This application is mostly seen in art museums, as art loses quality over time when exposed to UV.
LEDs are small in size, making them fit in almost anything. Their miniature size gives them multiple applications. You can combine LED lights by stringing them together into any shape, this makes it flexible enough to fit in different forms. Designers use this flexibility to light up everything from shops to adaptive vehicle headlights.
LED technology gives out light emissions at a 180° angle, while traditional light sources emit light at 360° angles, making it harder to control them. The only way to directionally control this light is by using reflective surfaces. LEDs, on the other hand, emit at a straight angle. This makes it easier to focus the light on a specific spot. There’s no need to use reflective surfaces to redirect light. This feature makes LED technology suitable for car headlights.
LEDs can operate at low Voltage and still emit the light provided, it’s within their rated power. This feature makes it possible to dim the light by reducing the power. To do this, one requires specific LED equipment responsible for dimming. This feature is also applicable in the film industry, where the directors use different light exposures within the scenes.
Safety is the most important feature of any lighting technology. LED technology has embraced drastic safety measures to protect its consumers. The most important safety measure is the heat emission factor. Unlike traditional bulbs, LED lights don’t emit heat. There is a low risk of being burnt when you contact them. The fact that they consume less power makes it possible to operate with low Voltage. Low voltages are much safer in case something goes wrong.
The color rendering index(CRI) measures light sources’ ability to reveal objects’ actual color compared to natural light. Light sources with higher CRI ratings are preferred depending on the application. LEDs usually have higher CRI ratings. This feature makes them more desirable for light sources in night photography.
LED technology has proven to be helpful and better than traditional lighting sources. The bulbs are more energy efficient and flexible with different applications. LED technology is the future of lighting.