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Why LED?

LEDs, or Light-Emitting Diodes, have come a long way over the last several decades. Originally found practical for instrumentation or indicator lights on electronic devices, advancements continue to bring LED into mainstream applications. From flashlights, area lighting, commercial/residential lighting, and even vehicle lighting, LED technology is proving to be a brighter solution in many ways.

The US Department of Energy estimates that if markets (such as traffic and signal lighting, indoor white-light applications, and outdoor whit-light, street and area) switched to LED lighting technology overnight, energy savings would be the equivalent of taking 16 million residential households off the grid and could save consumers more than $20 billion in electricity costs.*

Energy Efficient: LED technology also offers many additional benefits over other lighting devices such as an exceptionally longer lifespan (up to 60,000 or 100,000 hours in most cases), immensely lower energy consumption (up to 90% more efficient) which reduces maintenance costs and leads to higher safety.

LEDs are more expensive lighting options than traditional methods; however, with the enormous savings in energy, electrical, and maintenance costs, that money is quickly recovered. LEDs produce more light per watt than incandescent bulbs.

Lifespan: LEDs can have a relatively long, useful life. They can have up to 100,000 hours of useful life before needing to be replaced. LEDs last ten times longer than CFLs and one hundred thirty times longer than incandescent. If you light with an LED for 12 hours a day, it can last 12 years! Obviously this will reduce maintenance and repair cost significantly. 

Safety: LEDs produce almost no heat, nearly all of the energy used is converted to light. Incandescent lights generate a lot of waste heat, up to 90% of the energy that incandescent uses is expelled as heat, enough to even start a fire if kept too close to certain materials or even burn someone if touched.

Shock Resistant: LEDs are shock resistant and are difficult to damage with external shock unlike the fluorescent and incandescent types which are fragile. They do not use typical gases, filaments, or glass which are eaily damaged when used in vibrating, heavy-duty, or extreme temperature applications.

Go Green: LEDs do not contain mercury and therefore are safer for the environment. They are also recyclable. Saving on energy consumption will benefit the environment as well.

Color: LEDs can emit color without color filters such as traditional lighting requires, this is more efficient and can lower costs.