Imagine this: you are spending an evening with friends, playing games. It’s your turn and just as you roll the perfect number on the dice, suddenly, the lights go out. Your party is ruined, and your friends leave early. After checking your circuit breaker, you come to realize that your light bulbs have all burned out.
Burn-out of LED Lights
Not only was your party disrupted, but now, you also have to go to the store in order to buy more lights. And then, soon enough they will burn out, and the cycle will repeat. But, it doesn’t have to. Imagine not having to change your bulbs ever again. This may sound like fiction, but with LED lights, it can become a reality. So, what is an LED light, and what advantages does it have? Read on to find out how the LED light bulb will help make your next party a big success.
What is an LED?
LED stands for Light Emitting Diode. What this really means is that the construction of the bulb is different from other, older bulbs. Incandescent bulbs heat up a small wire filament inside the bulb until it gets so hot that it starts glowing. Halogen lights work by burning a tungsten wire into a gas, which then causes the bulb to heat up. In compact fluorescent lighting, a long tube filled with gas is given an electrical charge, which gives off light. But, in an LED light, signal is passed to a microchip inside the bulb. This signal tells the bulb how brightly to illuminate.
Why is an LED Different?
One of the best features of an LED light bulb is that it doesn’t produce nearly as much heat as incandescent bulbs. Although some heat is produced when the bulb is electrified, it is much less than an incandescent bulb. Whatever heat the bulb does produce is passed through a heat sink, which will take the heat, and evenly distribute it around the entire bulb, making it much cooler.
How Long Do LED Light bulbs Last?
Another major advantage of LED light bulbs is that they require significantly less energy to operate than incandescent or halogen lights. Because there is less current passing through the LEDs, the bulb will have less wear and tear than other bulbs. LED lights are designed to last between 10-15 years, depending on how heavily the lights are used.
Do LED Lights Dim with Age?
Yes. Over time, LED lights will begin to shine less brightly. They will do this because, over time, the components with the bulb will age and start to function less efficiently. As the internals start to wear down, the bulb will produce less light.
What is the Expected Life of an LED?
The lifetime of an LED bulb is measured in hours of use. Some light bulbs, like the incandescent bulb have a lifetime of 1,000 hours. Many LEDs have a life of close to 50,000 hours. What makes this lifetime different than the lifetime for the incandescent bulb is that the lifetime of the LED light is not measured until it ‘burns out’, but until the light produces approximately 30% less light. So for an LED light to operate until it no longer shines at all would take nearly 150,000 hours, or, being left on for 12 hours a day for almost 33 years. It is not recommended that bulbs remain unchanged for that much time, but it is possible.
Do LED Lights Burn Out?
No, LED lights do not burn out. Very simply, LED lights cannot burn out, because there is no use of heat as in incandescent bulbs, or gases to burn out or wires to burn up. The microchip inside the LED produces a small amount of heat, which is taken away by the heat sink, meaning that no parts in the bulb are designed to burn up. As stated previously, the LED bulb _will_ dim with time, but it will be a much longer time than other types of light bulb.
How to Dispose of LED Light Bulbs?
When the time does finally come to replace an LED bulb, it is important to check with local recycling and waste removal services. In some localities, parts of the LED light can be recycled, while in other cases, LEDs will be treated exactly like typical waste. The municipality will be able to provide you the contact information of these companies, if the company does not supply its contact information directly to the individual.
Are LED Light Bulbs Efficient?
Yes, LED light bulbs are efficient, when compared to other types of light bulbs. Other than the lifetime of a battery, efficiency is one of the most important features of an LED bulb. Because these bulbs are more efficient, they will cost the user significantly less over the lifetime of the bulb. This efficiency is tied directly into the lifetime of the bulbs, because a more efficient light will require less electricity, which means less wear and tear on the bulb.
Do LED Light Bulbs Come in Alternate Colors?
Yes. Because LED light bulbs have a programmable microchip inside, LED lights can be programmed to be any number of colors, or can have multiple colors all at the same time. Make sure to read all labels carefully when purchasing LED light bulbs to ensure that the bulb selected is appropriate for the application.
Imagine this: you are having friends over to play games. This time, when it is your turn to roll the dice, you hit that perfect number and move your piece to home base and win the game. Yes, you had to go to the store to buy new light bulbs, but since you purchased LED light bulbs, you know that you will be having game nights with your friends for years to come, and you won’t have to worry about changing a light bulb. Thanks to the technology of LED light bubs, your home will have efficient, lasting lighting for many years to come.