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All you need to know about LEDs

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Published: November 3, 2010

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As many of you may or may not know, LED technology is the latest source of low energy lighting. But how does LED (Light Emitting Diode) lighting really differentiate from regular lighting? And how can it help you? Here at Lyco Direct, we are going to provide you with all the answers and uncover the facts behind LEDs.

LED lights use significantly less energy than regular incandescent bulbs and have a much longer average light life. They last on average up to 50,000 hours and if they are used only for a few hours each night then they can even last up to 30 years. The great thing about using LED technology is that the lamp produces no ultraviolet or infrared radiation, which means that no heat is emitted, they remain cold to touch. This is perfect for you to place the lights next to delicate objects such as garden furniture or sensitive plants and they will not be damaged by the light. This also helps to lessen global Co2 emissions and therefore battle climate change. Another aspect that applies to places like hotels, pubs and restaurant gardens is that insects are not attracted by the light from LEDs, so people can eat outside without pesky bugs interfering.

LED lights also come in a fantastic range of colours that include white, red, blue, yellow, orange, green and amber. We also stock two types of LED light bulbs that change colour automatically, travelling through a spectrum of colours to produce a spectacular lighting effect that is great for display, festoon, party, bar or disco lighting. These can also make great additions to your patio, decking or pathway, adding a splash of LED colour to your premise. LED lights are designed to be installed outdoors as well as indoors, most fittings are completely weatherproof. With a decorative range to choose from, you can replace your existing GLS lamps with these, whilst maintaining a traditional look. The long life of LEDs means they are replaced less often, which helps reduce landfill.

Although the initial out-lay for LED light bulbs is greater than that of traditional incandescent or compact fluorescent light bulbs, the pay back is so great that LEDs really will save you money on your fuel bulbs. Many believe that LED bulbs can not be fitted to dimmable appliances but that is no longer the case. You can now purchase special low energy bulbs that are fully dimmable for use with normal dimmer switches. The real difference between the LED bulbs and traditional bulbs is that conventional lamps’ visible light arises as a by-product of the warming of a metal helix, a gas discharge or by the conversion of a proportion of the ultraviolet radiation produced in such a discharge. In LEDs the production of light takes place in a semi-conductor crystal, which is electrically excited to illuminate.
So, that’s all you need to know about LED lights, the facts, the science and most importantly how you can save money by using this technology.

For more useful information and advice please take a look at our Lighting Advice section.