LED is the most advanced and energy efficient light source available. LED technology is changing by the day, the color and brightness are constantly improving and the cost continues to come down. LED is a very energy efficient light source, gives off little heat and last up to 5 times more than the next closest light source. LEDs work great for under cabinet lighting, portable lamps, picture lights, and many others.
Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) produce light when voltage is applied to negatively charged semiconductors, causing electrons to combine and create a unit of light (photon). In simpler terms, an LED is a chemical chip embedded in a plastic capsule. Because they are small, several LEDs are sometimes combined to produce a single light bulb. LED lighting in general is more efficient and longer lasting than any other type of light source, and it is being developed for more and more applications. LEDs are currently popular in under-cabinet strips and down lights.
Many LED products are designed to last as long as 50,000 hours. Incredible longevity means that you might never change another light again.
What is 50,000 hours? It is 50 times the life of a typical incandescent bulb and 5 times the lifetime of an average compact fluorescent lamp (CFL). In fact, if you ran a LED for 6 hours per day every day, it would last for nearly 23 years. That is five presidential elections, time for a home remodeling, and the expanse of an entire generation.
We all have at least one bulb that is hard to reach and needs a ladder or a pole to replace it. For a homeowner, fifty times longer life than incandescent bulbs means 50 fewer chances to fall off a ladder. For a business owner, it means significantly lower maintenance and labor expenses.
The production and use of LEDs requires significantly less energy than incandescents or CFLs. With LED lighting products, you'll throw away fewer lamps and stop worrying about their mercury content. LED lighting products are free of mercury and other toxic materials, a clear win for the environment.
*Information provided by The American Lighting Association & Cree LED Lighting