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Why LED Lightbulbs Beat Them All!

why-led-lightbulbs-beat-them-allThere are many advantages to using light emitting diodes (LED) illumination in homes, commercial buildings and outside lighting.

Advantages include:

  1. Small to large sizes in many different shapes
  2. Economy
  3. Low energy costs
  4. Eco-friendly

Types of lighting

LED lights are available in all sizes and shapes for accent lighting, mood lighting, task lights, outdoor illumination and general room lights.

You can flip a switch and have LED lighting on your ceiling illuminate a room. You can also control the lights with a dimmer switch.

LEDs  lights usually send the beams in one direction. This makes them ideal for task, can or track lighting in ceilings that focus light in one direction. Energy Star approved LED lighting includes bulbs that send light in all direction, similar to incandescent bulbs.

The many size and shapes of LED bulbs make them ideal for any type of use. LEDs come in strips for illuminating walkways and outdoor areas. LED strips work under cabinets in kitchens and bathrooms. They are especially popular during holiday seasons for decorations.

LED bulbs can come in any color for any mood or affect. Red, green, blue and amber are the most popular along with the usual cool and warm white.

Economy and energy savings

A six-watt LED bulb replaces a 60-watt incandescent bulb or a 13-15-watt compact fluorescent bulb (CFL). The LED light will last 50,000 hours while most incandescent bulbs last about 8,000 hours.

New labeling on LED lights shows their wattage and lumens. This is a means of comparison with incandescent lights.

The investment in LED lighting actually saves about 25% on your energy costs. The lights last years longer than regular or CFL bulbs. LEDs also dim slowly when they finally do wear out. They don’t burn out in a flash or simple refuse to work since they do not have a filament.

The lights are much cooler than incandescent bulbs. That is why they use less power. They may use about 3.4 btu’s and hour compared to 85 btu’s for the average incandescent bulb.

The tiny lights in a LED bulb are powered by semiconductors with reflectors. This is solid-state digital electronics. The bulbs are compact and there is no glass to break and shatter.

They travel well, a feature that makes LEDs ideal for vehicles and maritime use. Most newer cars feature LED headlamps and tail lights.

The tiny LED bulbs are clustered into fixtures that may contain up to 180 bulbs. The combinations are usable in all lighting fixtures, including 3-way bulbs.

Eco-friendly

There is no mercury in a LED lights. They do not contain toxic substances. Their low-power demands make them ideal for homes and buildings using solar power. They also work in remote areas where power comes from a generator. LEDs are used in flashlights and work lights.

They are cool since there are no filaments in glass to heat up and add to the warmth of a room. This saves on air conditioning costs.

LED lights save on greenhouse gas emissions by not using as much energy. They are practical as well as economical.

Take the opportunity to invest in LED bulbs when you are replacing lights in your home. This is a one-time purchase that will save money and energy over time.

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The Benefits of LED Light Therapy for Your Skin

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If you’re bothered by wrinkles on your skin, or mild to moderate acne, LED treatments may offer just the solution you’ve been searching for.

First developed by NASA, LED (or light-emitting diodes) light therapy uses certain frequencies of light to boost collagen production, increase new tissue growth, while also reducing fine lines and wrinkles. It’s non-invasive and doesn’t cause inflammation, and requires no special post-treatment procedures.

How Does LED Work?

In basic terms, LED sends energy-producing segments of light into the deeper layers of your skin. It then triggers the body to convert light energy into cell energy without using heat. As previously mentioned, it involves a non-invasive procedure. LED treatments are painless and involve no risk of burning your skin. A typical treatment can range from five to 30 minutes, and has been proven safe for all types of skin and ages. Professional LED treatments are often given at select day spas which have a serious focus on skin care. It’s even been shown that LED treatments can help boost your mood during long winters. The recommended course of LED treatment is six treatments a week followed by maintenance treatment every month of two.

The good news is that LED light therapy has been tested and validated by NASA, as well as countless universities and medical labs. NASA has produced extensive documentation about the effectiveness of these treatments.

How Long Before You See Results?

While everyone’s skin varies, most people start to feel and see a difference after 10 days or two weeks of treatment. Women often first notice that their skin pores are becoming smaller and makeup goes on smoother. But some people may see results much sooner than that. Again, LED light therapy is proven to work on all skin types and the success rate of it has been over 90%.

What Types of LED Treatments Are There?

There are two types of LED treatments: Red light LED, which helps your skin look younger, and Blue light LED, which helps treat acne. Here’s a closer look at both:

*Red Light LED

As you age, your skin’s ability to produce new collagen and elements it needs to heal begins to slow. Wavelengths of red light helps promote this production. Red light LED treatments help reduce signs of aging (including wrinkles around the eyes) with a minimal risk of side effects. It can also be used to help treat acne.

Other benefits of Red light therapy include a reduction of fine lines, age spots, and overall redness – and results can often be immediate.

*Blue Light LED

Blue light LED uses specific wavelengths of blue light to kill propionibacterium acnes that are below the surface of the skin and cause acne. It’s best for mild and moderate inflammatory acne and reduces side effects such as dry skin or peeling when using topical prescription products.

LED light therapy has been proven and backed by extensive research, while also being proven safe and painless, without side effects. Whether you’re looking to eliminate lines and wrinkles, or treat mild to moderate acne, it’s a treatment that could be just right for you.

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Going Green with the Lighting in Your Home

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If you’re looking for ways to make your home more green as a way to reduce your environmental footprint and save a little bit of money on your energy costs at the same time, then you should turn your attention to your home’s lighting. Home lighting is an area where a lot of energy can be saved without having to spend that much money.

The following are just a few tips for creating a more eco-friendly lighting scheme:

Use LEDs. LEDs are the most energy efficient light bulbs you can purchase – even more so than compact fluorescent lights (CFLs). LEDs that are qualified by Energy Star use roughly 20 to 25 percent of the energy that traditional incandescent lights use. Not to mention that they last upwards of 100,000 hours, which is around 25 times longer than traditional incandescent lights. Yes, they are a little bit more expensive as far as initial costs go – but they are well worth the investment considering the money you save over the long term on both your monthly energy bills as well as the fact that you won’t need to replace them for a very long time.

Look for more eco-friendly materials. If you are buying new light fixtures, then pay attention to the materials that were used in their production. For example, if you need new table lamps, then look for table lamps that were made using natural materials, such as cloth or wood, or recycled materials, such as glass or metal. You could even buy fixtures made using reclaimed materials or use reclaimed materials to build your own lamps.

Turn those lights off. Remember back in the day when your parents would yell at you to turn the lights off in your room before you left? There’s a reason for this – leaving the lights on when they’re not needed saps energy and therefore has a negative effect on both the environment and your energy bills. So make it a habit to turn the lights out when you’re done with them!

Use surge protectors. Instead of plugging your lamps directly into the closest outlet, pick up a surge protector. Why? Because plugging your lamps directly into the wall sockets means that they will be absorbing energy even when turned off. A surge protector can help cut off the energy absorption.

Install dimmers. Sometimes, you simply don’t need all the light that a fixture provides. For example, maybe the living room needs a little bit of light to supplement the natural light coming in through the windows. In this case, using all the light your general lighting provides may be over kill. A dimmer can help you control how much light is provided by the fixture it’s attached to. Not only does this give you more control over the light that is provided, but it can help you reduce the amount of energy you use since you’ll no longer be wasting unneeded light.

Take advantage of natural light. The more natural light that is let into the home, the less dependent you will be on your artificial light. Natural light is better quality and healthier for you as well. Consider installing larger windows if possible. You could even install skylights to let in even more light.

If you want to make your home more eco-friendly, then be sure to use these tips to ensure that your home’s lighting is both environmentally-friendly as well as energy efficient, thereby saving you money and reducing your environmental footprint.

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LED vs CFL

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For more than a century, incandescent light bulbs held back the night for countless homes and businesses. Now the sun is setting on the incandescent bulb made popular by Thomas Edison, and more efficient alternatives are rising to take its place. For a while, the primary contender to supplant traditional bulbs was the CFL, or compact fluorescent light bulb. It is much longer-lasting than the old bulbs and uses less electricity to produce the same amount of light, but it has its drawbacks as well. Another popular option is the LED, or light-emitting diode bulb. In the past, the higher cost of LED bulbs made them prohibitive for most consumer applications despite their advantages, but new manufacturing technologies have brought the costs of LED bulbs down substantially.

Compared to their incandescent predecessor, both CFL and LED bulbs are superior choices, but how do they stack up against each other? In the past several years, the price of LED bulbs has dropped by more than an order of magnitude, making them roughly comparable in initial cost to CFL bulbs, or very slightly more expensive. However, LED bulbs last between two and three times longer than their CFL counterparts on average – meaning that you’ll have to buy fewer bulbs for the same fixture over time. That’s not the only way LED light bulbs save you money: they’re also more energy-efficient than CFL varieties, consuming less energy for the same amount of illumination. If you replace just a few bulbs in your home with LEDs, you’ll see the difference in your electric bill.

Cost is an important factor in choosing the right kind of light bulbs, but it’s not the only consideration. Performance, versatility, and environmental impact are also important factors – and these are where LED bulbs clearly pull ahead of their CFL competitors.

CFL bulbs function by passing an electric current through a tube filled with argon and mercury vapor. This quite efficiently produces light, but it’s bad news if you break a bulb. Mercury is toxic to humans, pets, and the environment, and a broken bulb must be cleaned up carefully and the room aired out. It’s also not advised to dispose of burned-out CFL bulbs in your regular trash, because of their mercury content; special recycling is available at many home improvement stores. By contrast, LED bulbs contain no mercury, and may legally be disposed of in landfills.

When it comes to actual usage, LEDs outstrip CFL bulbs in almost every way. While CFL bulbs may take a little while to reach full brightness when switched on, LEDs illuminate the area fully and immediately (which can be tremendously important when making your way down the basement stairs!). In cold temperatures, CFL bulbs may not illuminate fully, or might fail to turn on at all. LED bulbs are the best choice for outdoor or porch lights, especially in areas with cold winters. CFL bulbs are only capable of burning at a fixed brightness level, while LEDs are compatible with dimmer switches, giving you greater control of the illumination level. LEDs also stay cool to the touch, losing very little energy to producing heat.

Are there any drawbacks to LED lights? An LED is a directional light, making it ideal for recessed or track lighting, reading lamps, and other “targeted” light fixtures. More diffuse, ambient light is a little harder to achieve with LEDs, though there are LED bulbs available with lenses and reflectors that more readily simulate the room-filling glow of old incandescent bulbs.

On balance, LEDs are the superior choice for your home, your wallet, and the environment.

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5 Reasons LED Lights are Worth the Initial Cost

5-reasons-led-lights-are-worth-the-initial-costWith recent developments in lighting technologies, there are a wide variety on the market. Which do you choose? The old style of incandescent light bulb is certainly on the way out, replaced by a variety of others such as halogens, CFLs, and LED light bulbs. LED, or Light Emitting Diode, is a technology that has been around for quite a while, but only recently has it become viable as a means of actually lighting a home or business. In fact, although they are still relatively costly, LEDs are now one of the best ways of lighting your rooms up, thanks to the 5 benefits outlined below.

They Last a Very Long Time.  A traditional light bulb could be expected to last for around 750 hours. The more efficient Halogen bulbs last around 1,000 hours. CFLs are much better, coming in at an average of around 10,000 hours. These are all dwarfed by LED lights, which have an average life of 25,000 hours of use. You could add the other three together, double that, and still not match an LED light. So you’re paying a bit more per bulb, but you need far fewer of them over time.

LEDs are Extremely Energy Efficient.  Think of how hot other lights can get. Well, that heat is energy, just like the light is, and the more heat coming from the light bulb the more energy is being wasted. Incandescent bulbs use an astonishing 80% of the energy they get generating heat and just 20% generating light. That is tremendously inefficient, but LEDs are a very different story. In fact the ratio is flipped or better, with LEDs using as little as 10% of their energy for heat and the remainder to create light. This efficiency means huge energy bill savings over time.

LEDs are Durable and Work in Many Conditions.  Unlike other lights LEDs are quite durable and can endure knocks and impacts. This is in stark contrast to old glass light bulbs. They don’t need time to warm up before they provide light and they can operate in a greater range of humidity and temperature, especially the cold, where other light bulbs can struggle. This all makes them perfect for all kinds of uses and they are particularly suited to use as outdoor lights due to this ruggedness.

They Provide Plenty of Light.  If you think back you can probably come up with occasions when a light just wasn’t up to the job. It could not put out as much light as you needed, so you either had to get a stronger one or to augment it with another light installation. Not so with LED lights, which are exceptionally good at actually providing light. In short, you can illuminate the same area with fewer lights.

They’re Environmentally Friendly.  An LED light can be completely recycled, unlike other kinds of light bulbs. Furthermore, they do not contain toxins or hazardous materials as CFLs do, making disposal both safer and easier. And of course the fact that one LED lasts as long as dozens of traditional light bulbs also reduces the ecological impact, because you only need one instead of twenty-five.

All in all the intimidating price tag of an LED light bulb is no reason to be put off. They will last far longer, give more light with less power, they are less easily damaged, and are far more environmentally friendly. You will pay more to begin with, but you’ll pay far less over time thanks to needing far fewer of them and through savings on your electricity bill.

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6 Benefits of Having LED Bulbs in Your Home

LED bulbs are quickly becoming a top choice for lighting the home. LEDs have definite advantages when compared to traditional incandescent bulbs and the more recent compact fluorescent bulbs.

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Here are six of the benefits you will enjoy when you choose LED bulbs for your home:

  1. LED bulbs are energy efficient. They are 80 percent efficient. That means the light bulb uses 80 percent of energy for lighting. Traditional incandescent bulbs, on the other hand, are only 10 to 20 percent efficient. That means that incandescent bulbs use only 10 to 20 percent of energy for lighting. The bulb emits the rest of that energy (80 to 90 percent) to the room as heat.
  2. Zero UV emissions are another benefit of LED bulbs. Many compact fluorescent lamps emit ultraviolet radiation. Some reports indicate that a person sitting near one of these CFL bulbs for a certain period will exceed the limits of safe exposure to UV radiation. Excessive exposure has been linked to skin cancer and aging. It can also lead to degradation of fabric fibers and color pigments, which leads to fading. LED bulbs used in the household have close to zero UV emissions.
  3. An LED bulb is operational in low temperatures. A common complaint about the CFL is that it does not work well in cold temperatures. Bulbs used in outdoor light fixtures do not come on immediately after flipping the switch. Some will eventually illuminate once the bulb warms up from the electricity flowing through it. Some will not illuminate at all in cold temperatures. LED bulbs do not have this problem. They come on immediately and give a steady light.
  4. Low voltage compatibility is another benefit of using LED bulbs. LEDs do not need much power to work. They are perfect for low-voltage outdoor lighting needs. They can run off a solar energy source and give light throughout the night. This is great for remote or rural installations.
  5. A significant benefit of LED bulbs is that they are ecologically friendly. They are completely recyclable. They do not contain the toxic materials found in CFLs, such as mercury. One LED bulb can replace 25 incandescent bulbs due to its long life and energy efficiency. That translates to a lower carbon footprint since the production needs of bulbs is greatly diminished.
  6. Durability is a hallmark benefit of LED bulbs. Due to their construction and design, LED bulbs can take many shocks, vibrations, and impacts without breaking. This is far different from the fragile glass casing of the traditional incandescent bulb or compact fluorescent bulb.

As your incandescent bulbs and CFLs start to fail, it is time to make the switch to LED. It is a safe, ecologically-friendly choice for your home.

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