DURHAM, NC — Cree, Inc. (Nasdaq: CREE) is redefining commercial lighting with the ZR Series LED troffer, delivering a new category of performance, affordability and inspired design. Featuring Cree TrueWhite® Technology, the ZR Series LED troffer delivers superior color quality (> 90 CRI) in an ultra-slim, sleek package. The ZR Series LED troffer cuts energy consumption in half, and with standard 0–10V dimming can accelerate its already rapid two-year payback.*
“It takes more than incremental improvements in performance to achieve widespread adoption of LED lighting. Cree innovation starts with a clean slate, designing a new troffer with an attractive appearance that provides superior light quality, high efficiency and also enables fast installation,” said Norbert Hiller, Cree executive vice president, lighting. “The ZR Series LED troffer is a winning alternative, offering uncompromised performance and an industry-leading 10-year limited warranty at a remarkably low price.”
The ZR Series LED troffer’s thin 3.9” height and lightweight design enables faster installation without costly ceiling alterations. Offering a quick and easy one-for-one replacement of inefficient fluorescent troffers in education, healthcare and commercial building applications, the ZR Series LED troffer simplifies installation and significantly reduces labor costs during its 75,000-hour lifetime in all 1’x4’, 2’x4’ and 2’x2’ configurations.
The Cree® ZR Series LED troffer is sold through Cree lighting authorized dealers. Please visit www.beeslighting.com/Cee-LED-troffers to learn more.
* Energy consumption and payback calculated against a fluorescent three-lamp fixture (with lamp and ballast equal to 88 system watts) and based on typical commercial usage of 12 hours per day and $0.11 per kWh electric costs.
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Part 3 of 3: Matching Your Fixture to Your Bulb
1 Choose a bulb for a floor or table lamp. If you’ve got a free-standing lamp for a floor or a large table lamp, you’ve got a few options for possible light bulbs. Look into using a spiral or closed-A shape bulb that is compact fluorescent or incandescent. Stick with bulbs on the warm-side, as they will be lighting up your room and generally tend to be easier on the eyes in a warmer hue (like a ‘daylight’ bulb).
2 Find a bulb for your pendant fixture. Because pendant fixtures tend to have at least part or half of the bulb exposed, your choices are limited for possible lights. You’ll want to start by finding a bulb in a traditional ‘bulb’ or ‘globe’ shape, in the warmer side of the light appearance scale. Most people prefer to use a compact fluorescent light bulb or a halogen light bulb for this purpose.
3 Select a bulb for a ceiling fixture. Ceiling fixtures are generally enclosed so that the light bulb is not visible, giving you many more options for bulbs than a pendant fixture does. Choose a bulb that has a long lifespan, so that you don’t have to change it often. The light appearance you want will vary depending on the atmosphere of the room. Any type of bulb (so long as it is compatible with the fixture) will work for a ceiling fixture, but it will do you good to try and find an energy efficient bulb when possible.
4 Find a bulb for a wall sconce. Wall sconces tend to be on the smaller side and are mostly decorative, meaning that the bulbs you choose will need to be small enough to be covered completely by the sconce. Choose a bulb that is tube or flame shaped, as these are narrow enough to fit inside the sconce. Compact fluorescent light bulbs and incandescent light bulbs are most commonly used for a wall sconce.
5 Choose a bulb for a recessed can light. Because recessed can fixtures don’t allow much ventilation, they are the highest risk for fire hazard. As a result, your primary goal will be to choose a bulb that does not exceed the maximum wattage for your fixture. Most people choose a halogen, compact fluorescent, or incandescent light bulb for a recessed can fixture. The light appearance will vary depending on the location.
6 Find a bulb for an outdoor fixture. If your outdoor fixture is exposed to the elements, you’ll need to purchase a special outdoor bulb which won’t be damaged from exposure. Otherwise, choose a bulb that is either spiral or tubed in a ‘bright white’ light appearance. LEDs are popular choices, as are incandescent and halogen bulbs. Keep in mind that you’ll need to buy a special bulb if you have a photosensitive fixture or a fixture that is on a timer. Check your local lighting store for these alternatives.
Part 1 of 3: Understanding Light Bulb Basics
Part 2 of 3: Learning the Types of Light Bulbs
Part 2 of 3: Learning the Types of Light Bulbs
1 Try a compact fluorescent light bulb. Compact fluorescent is a generic term used for a variety of bulbs. CFLs use 20-40% less energy to produce the same light or lumens (a measure of light intensity). They are color adjusted to produce light close to real sunlight.
- CFLs generate less heat and offer a longer lifespan than incandescent bulbs saving you money on electric bills and protecting the environment from harmful greenhouse gas emissions.
- Look for Energy Star labels on fluorescent fixtures and lamps for assurance of maximum savings, quality and standards.
- Compact fluorescent light bulbs are commonly used in desk lamps, floor lamps, under cabinet lamps, table lamps, linear strips, wall sconces, flush mounts, chandeliers, close-to-ceiling or flush mounts, pendants, ceiling clouds, kitchen island lights, path lights, outdoor wall lanterns, outdoor post lanterns, as well as outdoor wall and ceiling mounts. First generation compact fluorescents can not be used in motion sensor fixtures or lights with a dimmer switch; however newer second generation CFLs (that are usually more expensive) may be specifically labeled and sold for that purpose.
2 Look at using fluorescent light bulbs. Choose fluorescent light bulbs for energy conservation and versatility. Fluorescent light bulbs are an energy efficient bulb, using 20-40% less electricity than standard incandescent bulbs lasting up to 20 times longer. Many new compact styles make fluorescent bulbs practical for task lighting. Screw-in types can be used in place of incandescent bulbs in standard lamp sockets. The warmth and softness of the fluorescent light bulbs is improving.
- Fluorescent light bulbs are commonly used in desk lamps, floor lamps, under-cabinet lamps, table lamps, linear strips, wall sconces, flush mounts, chandeliers, close-to-ceiling mounts, pendants, ceiling clouds, kitchen island lights, path lights, outdoor wall lanterns and outdoor post lanterns.
3 Try a halogen light bulb. Many of today’s lamps use halogen light bulbs. Halogen bulbs produce a whiter light and produce more light (lumens) per watt than standard incandescent bulbs. They most closely replicate the color spectrum of the sun. Their small size and intensity make halogens great for task lighting.
- For precise and controlled beams of light, low voltage Halogen bulbs are specified for dramatic effect in highlighting details with pinpoint beams of light on artwork, architectural details, sculptures, etc… Low voltage bulbs are 12 or 24 volt and require a transformer.
- Since halogen bulbs burn hotter than other types, they require more caution. All halogen lamps sold today in the USA have approved safety shields to reduce fire risk. When changing a halogen bulb, be sure to wait until the bulb cools to touch it. Always use a clean rag to handle a halogen bulb, as oils from your hand will cause the bulb to burn hotter and can greatly reduce the lifespan of your bulb. Examples: GU-10, MR-16, JC/JCD, G9, JDE-11, JT-3, JT-4, PAR
- Halogen Lamp light bulbs are most commonly used in desk lamps, torchieres, floor lamps, accent table lamps, under-cabinet lighting, bath brackets, vanity lights, wall sconces, swing arm lamps, ceiling lamps, flush mounts, pendants, directional lamps, chandeliers, kitchen island lights, landscape lighting, path lighting, and also outdoor spot/flood lights.
4 Use an incandescent light bulb. Incandescent light bulbs are the most common bulb used in lamps today because they are inexpensive and widely available. Common incandescent bulbs vary from 15 to 150 watts and produce a soft yellow-white but are available in a variety of light temperatures ranging from pinkish to bluish. They are generally available in clear, frosted or colored styles.
- With standard incandescent bulbs, light is generated when a filament is heated to incandescence (illumination) through an electric current within the glass bulb. Incandescent reflector bulbs provide general overall illumination and are often referred to as floor and spot lights.
- Incandescent bulbs are great for standard ambient lighting and higher wattages and are good for task lighting. When using incandescent bulbs be sure to never exceed the maximum wattage recommended for your lamp! Examples: G25, G16.5, T Bulb, BR/R, Standard Medium Base, Standard Candelabra, Fan/Appliance
- Incandescent light bulbs are typically used in accent lamps, buffet lamps, reading lamps, desk lamps, floor lamps, hurricane lamps, magnifying lights, display lighting, bath/vanity lighting, wall sconces, swing arm lights, wallchieres, ceiling clouds, chandeliers, close-to-ceiling mounts, directional lights, flush mounts, kitchen island lighting, pendants, pot rack lighting, outdoor hanging lanterns, landscape lighting, path lights, post lanterns, spot/flood lights, and outdoor wall lanterns.
5 Try a PAR bulb. Choose PAR lamps for control of light levels. PAR stands for Parabolic Aluminized Reflector. A PAR lamp can be incandescent, halogen or an HID and has a precision-pressed glass reflector lamp that reflects light coming from the filament much like a parabola. PAR lamps rely on both the internal reflector and prisms in the lens for a controlled or focused light beam. These bulbs are extremely bright and can be used for the accurate controlling of light levels.
- Halogen PAR bulbs have a mirrored reflector to control the light. Halogen PAR bulbs are often specified for task and accent lighting.
6 Look into xenon light bulbs. Choose Xenon light bulbs for path lighting. Xenon light bulbs are made from Xenon, a rare gas used in specialized lamps. They are known to last up to 10,000 hours. Xenon bulbs can be touched with a bare hand unlike halogen bulbs and are commonly used in path lighting.
- Festoon bulbs: Festoon bulbs have a unique shape and are usually a low-voltage bulb. They come in frosted or clear glass. If using festoon lamps for task lighting or indirect lighting (under cabinets and shelves, over cabinets, or inside cabinets), frosted lamps are best. However, if the festoon lamps are being used for accent lighting to illuminate items that should “sparkle” (jewelry, china, crystal), it’s recommended to use clear lamps.
7 Try LEDs (light emitting diode). LEDs are a small electronic device that lights up when electricity is passed through it. LEDs are quite energy-efficient and have very long lives. They can be red, green, blue or white in color. LED bulbs are typically used in desk lamps, outdoor hanging lanterns, landscape lighting, path lighting, and spot/flood lighting.
8 Choose specialty bulbs for specialty needs. A few different choices might fit the bill.
- Black Light: A fluorescent light designed to emit invisible ultraviolet (UV) light.
- Heat Lamps: Light bulbs used to increase the temperature in a focused area. They are most often used in the food industry and outdoor waiting areas.
- Krypton Lamps: A premium light bulb that uses krypton gas instead of argon.
- Shatter Resistant, Silicone & Teflon Coated, Etc.: These light bulbs feature a safe shield coating that protects them from shattering and breakage. They come in different types.
- Full Spectrum Daylight: Full spectrum light bulbs are designed to reproduce natural light and are thought to be beneficial to health by reducing stress, depression and headaches, amongst other things. Full spectrum bulbs are most often used in desk lamps and floor lamps.
- Germicidal Lamps: Germicidal lamps offer ultraviolet technology that is a non-chemical approach to disinfection. In this process of disinfection, nothing is added which makes this development simple, economical and requires very low maintenance.
9 Consider Electron Stimulated Luminescence (ESL) bulbs in the future. These bulbs are an emerging technology that offers a new choice for consumers seeking energy-efficient lighting without the dangers of CFLs or the high cost and poor light quality of LEDs. The R30 ESL Bulb is designed to replace the 65-watt incandescent flood bulb commonly used in recessed “can” light fixtures, which are popular in new construction and remodeled homes.
- The R30 ESL bulb gives uniform flood illumination virtually indistinguishable from the incandescent lamp it replaces. A high power factor gives the R30 ESL bulb less total power load than competing compact fluorescent lamps. It generates approximately 10,000 hours of light without any significant color shift. Its pricing is expected to be around $15-20 U.S. While testing and production of these bulbs has slowed their expected release to the public market, they are still planned for future mass production.
Part 1 of 3: Understanding Light Bulb Basics
Part 3 of 3: Matching Your Fixture to Your Bulb
Part 1 of 3: Understanding Light Bulb Basics
1 Look for the right wattage. The first thing to consider when matching a lightbulb to a light fixture is the wattage amount. Every light bulb has a matching wattage – the amount of energy it is capable of producing. This number will range anywhere from 40-watts to 120-watts for a traditional light fixture. On the flip side, every light fixture has a maximum wattage amount. This is the highest wattage the fixture is capable of using without becoming a fire hazard (it can’t handle a high wattage). You therefore need to choose a light bulb with a wattage amount that is equal to or less than the maximum wattage on your fixture.
- Using a light bulb with wattage above the maximum that the fixture can handle is a major fire hazard.
- You can use a light bulb with wattage less than what your fixture asks for.
2 Pay attention to the lumens.. Lumens refers to the amount of light the bulb will put out (as opposed to wattage, which is the amount of energy). The higher number of lumens, the brighter the light bulb will be. Therefore, if you’re trying to illuminate a large space, you’ll want to use a light bulb with a high number of lumens (above 1000). A small fixture or table lamp does not require a bulb with a high number of lumens.
- The more lumens, the closer the appearance of the light is to that of natural sunlight.
3 Look at the shape of the bulb. There are many different shapes of light bulbs, each with a different use. The most commonly used bulbs are the generic ‘bulb’ shape, the spiral shape, and the A shape. Additionally, there are drop shaped, globe shaped, flame shaped, tubes, and more varieties of bulbs. Generally the shape doesn’t really matter, but some light fixtures require a specifically shaped bulb in order to work or appear correctly. Check your fixture first, and then look for bulbs that match.
4 Check the ‘life expectancy’ of the light bulb. Light bulbs are not all created equal; in fact, some bulbs last quite a long time, while others will only remain lit for a few months or years of use. Each bulb should say on the back what the life expectancy is, normally based on three hours of use a day. If you’re putting the bulb in a well-used fixture, it will do you good to find a bulb that has a longer life expectancy than a bulb that goes in a rarely-used lamp.
- Halogen bulbs traditionally have the longest life expectancy.
- Incandescent bulbs generally have the shortest life expectancy.
5 Make note of the ‘light appearance’ of the bulb. Most bulbs will advertise the ‘light appearance’ on the package – this tells you how warm or cold the color of the light is. Light appearance that is on the warm side will be more orange/yellow, while light appearance that is on the cold side will be more blue/white. Although this may not be a serious consideration for you when choosing your bulbs, you might want to make sure you don’t accidentally purchase a bright white bulb when you intended to buy a warm yellow bulb.
- Light appearance is measured in temperature using the Kelvin system. For example, your light bulb might advertise 5000K lighting, meaning that the temperature is at 5000 degrees Kelvin.
- Common ‘light appearance’ types are bright white, cool white, warm white, and daylight.
6 Look at the energy cost of the bulb. Besides the initial cost of the light bulb, there is an additional overall energy cost associated with the bulb. This is the price you will pay in electricity bills for the one bulb over its lifetime. Energy efficient light bulbs will cost much less over their lifetimes than will traditional light bulbs. When possible, you’ll want to choose bulbs that have a low lifetime cost. This may mean paying a bit more up front, but you’ll reap the benefits down the road.
7 Check the mercury content of the light bulb. The mercury content of the bulb doesn’t affect the light or overall use of the bulb; the only thing a bulb that contains mercury will do is prevent you from throwing it away. If your bulb has any mercury in it at all, it cannot be disposed of in the trash. Now, mostly screw-in CFL bulbs contain mercury, but you should check all bulbs you purchase just in case.
Part 2 of 3: Learning the Types of Light Bulbs
Part 3 of 3: Matching Your Fixture to Your Bulb
How to select The Best Halogen Light Bulb
A lot of the overall look of your beautiful house and workplace is dependent on the light bulbs you have selected for your rooms. The right bulbs and their intensity of light help your small room look attractive and stylish. Henceforth, selecting the right light bulbs for your rooms depending on its interiors is an extremely essential task for giving your rooms the perfect look. You may find the LED Flood Lights, Halogen Light Bulb, Compact Fluorescent Bulbs, Incandescent Bulbs, etc. in the market. However, selecting the appropriate lights for your rooms largely depends upon you and your requirements. So, if you are finding it hard in selecting the best type of lights for your home and workplace, read the brief below about the various types of lights and make your decision.
Halogen Light Bulb: The halogen bulbs have a quartz filament that helps produce white light which looks exquisite in the main halls and guest rooms. The light is far way brighter than the other light forms and is the perfect lighting solution for rooms that need excellent lighting for various tasks. However, these bulbs should preferably be used in the lamps or fixtures which are away from the walls. The bulbs produce as much as 35 lumen per watt and are also available in different volts for various other purposes.
Compact Fluorescent Bulbs: The fluorescent bulbs produce light similar to the halogen light bulb. However, they are more commonly preferred over the halogen lights due to their coolness and high energy efficiency. They don’t get heated unnecessarily which hence makes them commonly used by most people for their home and office needs. However, these lights also have a drawback. They flicker sometimes which may cause headache to the people using the light. The light is also considered to a danger for people suffering from epilepsy. However, in the recent times, the CFL lights, the compact Fluorescent bulbs are used greatly by people for their low energy consumption and high production of light. These compact Fluorescent bulbs produce 60 lumen light per watt.
LED Flood Lights: LED light bulbs are commonly used for creating special effects to your room or workplace. These lights are very suitable for domestic lighting needs due to their low lighting, while they are preferred for night lamps due to the sufficient light at lower costs. However, people usually prefer the LED flood lights for large amount of light which prove helpful for both indoor and outdoor uses. You can use them in museums, sports events, etc.
So, now that you are aware about the different types of lights, you should make the right choice based on your needs.
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Innovative & Energy Efficient Lighting
For a simple and sleek design to light up your home, choose recessed lighting. This is the cutting edge of interior design that has remodelers all over begging for the chance to install. Recessed lighting embeds low-profile illumination fixtures in the ceiling. There are no cords, no shades and no dangling lamps that crash into your head. Homeowners choose recessed lighting for its affordability, ease of placement and superior lighting.
Recessed Lights are available in a number of color and size options.
Recessed lighting is simply a light fixture installed in customized hollow openings in a ceiling. They are hidden in plain sight and can be installed in any room in or outside the house. Its concentration of light directs downward and provides a glow that can be set from dim to golden brightness. Its most rewarding feature is its design ensures no flammable materials come into contact with hot lighting fixture. All new recessed lighting designs also contain a self-resetting thermal switch which allows safety against fire hazards. It can also increase the amount of light in a room as opposed to traditional lighting fixtures.
What are the benefits of recessed lighting?
Either the home is being built from scratch or the old home is going through some much needed remodeling, recessed lighting can be a key component in function and style. The fixtures are sunken into the ceiling and do not take away head space, so the taller people in the family do not have to worry about ducking low to avoid hitting lamps and chandeliers. They may appear like a high quality spotlight, but they do not give off the unforgiving heat like traditional spotlights which keeps rooms cooler in the summer. The advantages of recessed lighting include:
- Energy efficient, (Use of dimmer switch reduces electric usage)
- Lights are hidden and can be installed anywhere
- Rooms feel more open and spacious
- Electrical wiring is hidden in attic
- Ability to highlight specific areas of the room or accentuate decor and artwork
- Offered in customizable trim to match room design
Most energy efficient parts are made available in retail stores that allow for lower voltage use than other lighting options. A dimmer switch makes savings even more effective and even lowers emissions.
Recessed Lighting is available for wet locations such as bathrooms.
The fixtures can be installed anywhere with a flat surface and electrical access such as vaulted or sloped ceilings, walls, stairways, porches, patios, pools and ponds.
Recessed lighting also acts as a showcase for display of art or architecture in the home. It can also make tasks in the house easier with controlled brightness in the bathroom, kitchen, garage, laundry room, home office or den.
The visible portion of the light casting can be made available in decorative custom colors or mirror-like reflective surfaces.
Recessed light fixtures often use 75 to 100 watt incandescent floodlight bulbs, but if they are replaced with 50 watt halogen floodlight bulbs they produce 50 to 100 percent in energy savings, and have a longer lifespan.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, recessed lights installed in insulated ceilings should be installed in air-tight fixtures. This is to prevent from warm air entering through attics. The housing should be sealed to block the escape of cool and conditioned air to escape into the attic. Otherwise, resulting in wasted energy for an unused area of the home.
For a professional and clean finish, hire a certified electrician to complete the handy work. Nothing is better than a spotless and crisp installation job well done.
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Visit Bees Lighting for a wide variety of dimmable and energy efficient recessed lighting fixtures. Stylish and smooth-fit products are made affordable on any budget. Get started on your next home project and start with the ceiling, get that lavish look with recessed lighting.
Submersible LED Lights: Lighting Wet Locations
Submersible LED Light
Submersible lights are lights that can be safely placed underwater. These lights are specifically designed to be used in or near water. Many people use submersible lights in their pools, ponds, fountains, waterfalls and other outdoor water features. Traditionally, LEDs were not used as submersible lights, and running outdoor lights all night in your pool or fountain could cut deeply into your electric bill. Beeslight, a leader in LED lights, now offers LED submersible lights at discounted prices to help you enjoy your backyard even in the dead of night without concerns for cost.
According to the Department of Energy, quality LED lights can last 25 times longer
than an incandescent bulb (traditional light bulb) and use 75% less energy. LED lights have an exceptionally long lifespan. They can last up to five times longer than the compact fluorescent bulb (the other energy efficient bulb). This means that you change the LED light less often, allowing you to save money. Sometimes changing a pool light requires a partial or full drain of the pool water. This not only keeps you out of your pool, but also can be costly. An LED submersible light in place of a traditional light for your pool would help keep your bulb replacements to a minimum. Depending on how often you run your new submersible LED lights
Lighting a Wet Location: Lights for Pools, Ponds, Waterfalls, etc.
Before you go out and purchase outdoor LED lights for your pool or pristine rock pond
Wet Location Light by Lithonia Lighting
you will have to decide what type of lights match your arrangement. If you want to instal the light underwater, you will need a submersible LED light. If you are looking to light a wet location, but not underwater, a number of wet location fixtures would be the best option. Determine how many lumens your lights should have. The lumens of a bulb refer to the brightness of the lights. The larger the lumens, the brighter the light will be projected from the LED. By doing some quick research online, or contacting BeesLighting, you’ll be able to discover many fixtures and settings that fit your arrangements.
For all of your lighting decorations, contact BeesLighting and find the right LED fixtures for your indoor and outdoor needs. Make a splash in savings with submersible lights.
LED Security Light Vs Traditional Lighting:
The Benefits of Using LEDs to Protect Your Home/Business
Great lighting can discourage crimes of opportunity. Bright security lights make thefts and delinquents visible in the dark and will help you, your family, and coworkers feel safe at work, home and in a parking lot. What type of lighting can deliver this sort of security? The inescapable brightness of a LED security light will deliver and save you some money in the process. The LED Security Light brings more value, lasts longer, and shines brighter than any traditional light fixture.
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According to the Department of Energy, quality LED lights can last 25 times longer than an incandescent bulb (traditional light bulb) and use 75 percent less energy. At home the LED bulbs have an exceptionally long lifespan. They can last up to five times longer than the compact fluorescent bulb (the other energy efficient bulb) a typical LED light that burns eight hours a day will last up to 17 years. LED bulbs generate almost no heat, which can help reduce costs of, not only running the light, but also the air conditioning from running to counteract the heat from traditional lights.
A LED security light can make your home safer at night with its ability to light up the darkest spots outside your house. LED lights provide clear visibility allowing you to see anything lurking in the shadows that would normally be unseen with undirected traditional lighting. Some LED security lights are made to specifically work with security surveillance to provide improved visibility allowing you to get clear and well-defined image or video of possible perpetrators.
Lithonia Lighting LED Security Floodlight
w/Motion Sensor & 2 Adjustable Heads
At the workplace, LED lights can improve safety for your employees in the late night and early morning hours. LED lights are luminous and have a much lower operating cost and longer life expectancy. LED lights improve personal and operational safety and they enhance security by improving video quality. With its battery backup options the lights have a better compliance with lighting control, even in a power outage. The light from a LED is angled so that it is directed downwards. HPS lamps and traditional lights do not provide direction, instead they send out the light in all directions wasting energy and light where it is not needed.
LEDs have no warm-up period and a LED bulb life is not affected by cycling on and off like most traditional light systems are. LEDs are perfect for motion-activated use where more light is desired when people are present. Now, the existing lighting at walkways and waiting areas can be supplemented with motion-activated LED lighting, doubling low energy cost efforts.
The quality of the LED security light has already proved its efficiency and improved the lives of many. LED lights have a much lower operating cost and a longer life expectancy than traditional light bulbs. Switch to LED today to keep your family, employees and yourself safe at night.
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In short, the answer is yes. Traditional light bulbs, like incandescent, waste most of the electricity it pulls on light’s by-product, heat. On the other hand, LEDs are energy efficient, ensuring that it uses the electricity it pulls, which is significantly lower than traditional lights, to produce intense directional light. This is why LEDs are significantly cooler to touch even after hours of being on, as opposed to its older brother, the traditional light, which is hot enough to burn skin in a very short period of time. Compact fluorescent and incandescent lamps can actually increase your electricity bill in more than just wasted heat. That additional heat in your home on top of the summer sun can cause your A/C unit to work even harder to keep your home cool. This means extra dollars being pulled from your pocket in the long term and you don’t need all that hot air!
In the winter, typically lights can even become a fire hazard. We have all heard the sirens wailing around Christmas responding to yet another house fire caused from a dry Christmas tree and hot traditional Christmas lights. It is no wonder why LED stringed lights are becoming a more and more popular choice for people, but did you know this is also true for other areas of the home, such as wall sconces or recessed lighting where hot lights butt up to drywall and ceilings. A much safer choice would be the cooler, longer lasting LEDs.
How much longer do LEDs last compared to traditional lights?
The answer varies depending on the particular light fixture, usage and environmental factors, but typically LEDS last over 30 years. While they are initially more expensive than some traditional lamps, the investment actually saves you money in replacement and energy costs. Just one incandescent bulb can cost up to 5-10 times the purchase price of the bulb in it’s lifetime; take a moment to think about that the next time you change a blown light bulb!
LEDs are made up of diodes that are angled in a specific way (typically 90 degrees) to create focused intense light that points in a specific direction. They are not made of glass, but of a specialised material that resembles hard, clear plastic. This makes them far more durable than fragile, thin glass.
What lights should I replace with LEDs to save money?
A good place to start to get the biggest impact is the lights used most often. Kitchen, living room and outdoor patio and floodlights (which pull a lot of energy) will give you the biggest savings on your next electric bill. Spot lights, pool lights and display lights are some more options. LEDs have advanced to be able to replace submersible and wet location lamps. As your savings build up, directional lights, under cupboard and cabinet lighting creates less need to use larger lighting sources for everyday enjoyment.
Energy efficient LEDs have come a long way in advancements in technology and have become more affordable than ever! Invest in your monetary savings and help the earth at the same time with converting to LEDs!
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