LED lights are the newest craze in lighting, and it’s not difficult to see why. Although the initial investment may be slightly higher, LED lights have a significantly longer lifespan than regular bulbs, emit significantly less heat and so pose a lower fire risk, and also use less energy so are better for the environment and your wallet. But what exactly are LED lights and what are some of the different types that are available?
What are LED Lights?
LED Lights are different from conventional bulbs because they emit light from a Light Emitting Diode, rather than a traditional tungsten filament. As indicated by their name, a Light Emitting Diode is a diode that emits light. But what is a diode? A diode is a device that allows current to flow in only one direction. Almost any two conductive materials will form a diode when placed in contact with each other, but only certain materials release photons which fall within the visible portion of light spectrum, when placed in close contact and an electrical current is applied, and it is these that are used to create LED’s.
What are the different types of LED lights?
Miniature LED Lights
These are a very common form of LED light and are often used as indicators in mobile phones, television sets and a whole range of digital devices. They are usually manufactured as either 5V or 12V and tend to come ready mounted onto circuit boards.
High Powered LED Lights
As the name suggests these LED’s are able to handle very high power, as a result in advances in semiconductor technology, and can produce very high levels of luminosity. High power LED lights are often used in LED strip lighting which has a variety of both domestic and commercial uses.
Application Specific LED Lights
These are LED lights that rea built with a particular use in mind, a common example being LED boards or lighting displays.
Domestic LED Lightbulbs
It is now possible to replace many of the lightbulbs in your home with LED’s, however there are a number of factors to take into consideration. Firstly ensure that you buy the correct bulb shape for the light that you require. Unlike traditional bulbs, LED’s are much more directional, so for diffused light to fill an entire room an A-line bulb would be recommended. Also at first many people can find that LED lighting can appear too bright and with a blueish tinge. To avoid this ensure that you choose LED lights that have a kelvin rating of between 2,500K-6,500K. For further information about other types of LED Lights, contact the Future Energy Group.