Benefits of LED Lighting
LEDs are one of today’s most energy efficient lighting technologies. Also referred to as a light emitting diodes, LEDs are a rapidly developing technology.
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Compare and Contrast
In comparison to other lamps such as incandescents or CFLs, LEDs tend to be more efficient. LEDs emit light in a specific direction reduces the need for reflectors and diffusers. Reflectors and diffusers can trap light causing more than half of the light produced to never leave the fixture. In effect making other lamps less efficient. LEDs also produce very little heat compared to incandescents or CFLs. Incandescents release 90% of their energy and CFLs release about 80% of their energy as heat. Since LEDs operate at much cooler temperatures it eliminates the risks of burn.
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LEDs can be six-seven times more energy efficient than conventional incandescent lights. This results in a cut in energy use by more than 80 percent in comparison. According to the Department of Energy, LEDs can have a useful life of 25000 hours or more. This means that good quality LEDs can last more than 25 times longer than other light sources. Not only making LEDs a long lasting solution but a low maintenance solution.
In the Future
“Better lighting is a simple measure that allows the elderly to maintain their independence and increase their sense of well being.” – Center of Design for an Aging Society
Lighting is an important design feature. Lighting systems are designed for user needs, comfort, aesthetics, and energy consumption. As research and technology have expanded, so has how lighting is thought of. Thinking past lighting visual effects, its non-image forming response is explored. A non-image response includes the effect light can have on circadian, behavioral and other physiological effects. Thus, LEDs have a greater potential to tailor systems to meet visual and non-visual needs of a person. Potential implications are lighting systems that alter with a change in weather or time. Lighting Systems could, in the future, be manipulated to affect mood or behavior. Possibilities becoming ever limitless.
LEDs are energy efficient, cost effective and an impactful resource. LEDs ability to be carefully tuned within lighting systems can lead to the future. A future that can begin to meet the diverse needs of the population including those aging in place.