LED is a highly energy-efficient lighting technology, and has the potential to change the future of lighting fundamentally. Residential and Commercial LEDs use up to 80% less energy, and last 25 times longer, than incandescent lighting.
The light-emitting diode (LED) is one of today's most energy-efficient and rapidly-developing lighting technologies. Quality LED light bulbs last longer, are more durable, and offer comparable or better light quality than other types of lighting.
LED is a highly energy-efficient lighting technology and has the potential to change the future of lighting. Residential LEDs -- especially ENERGY STAR certified products -- use at least 75% less energy, and last 25 times longer than incandescent lighting.
Widespread use of LED lighting has the greatest potential impact on energy savings in Canada. By 2027, extensive use of LEDs could save about 35 TWh (compared to no LED use) of electricity: This is the equivalent annual electrical output of 4 large electric power plants (1000 megawatts each) and a total savings of more than $3 billion at today's electricity prices.
How LEDs are Different
LED lighting is very different from other lighting sources such as incandescent bulbs and CFLs. Key differences include the following:
· Light Source: LEDs are the size of a fleck of pepper, and a mix of red, green, and blue LEDs is typically used to make white light.
· Direction: LEDs emit light in a specific direction, reducing the need for reflectors and diffusers to trap light. This feature makes LEDs more efficient for many uses, such as recessed downlights and task lighting. With other types of lighting, the light must be reflected in the desired direction, and more than half of the light may never leave the fixture.
· Heat: LEDs emit very little heat. In comparison, incandescent bulbs release 90% of their energy as heat and CFLs release about 80% of their energy as heat.
LED lighting is currently available in a wide variety of home and industrial products, and the list is growing every year. The rapid development of LED technology leads to more products and improved manufacturing efficiency, resulting in lower prices. Below are some of the most common types of LED products.
Industrial and Commercial Lighting
LEDs high efficiency and directional nature make them ideal for many industrial uses. LEDs are increasingly common in street lights, parking garage lighting, walkway, and other outdoor area lighting, refrigerated case lighting, modular lighting, and task lighting.
Kitchen Under-Cabinet Lighting
Because LEDs are small and directional, they are ideal for lighting countertops for cooking and reading recipes. The color can appear more cool or blue than is typically desirable in a kitchen, and there can be some excessive shadowing in some fixtures, so it is important to compare products to find the best fixture for your space.
With the current government grants and the considerable reduction in energy and maintenance costs, there is no better time to upgrade your lighting to energy-efficient LED's. Many customers receive a full ROI in 1 year and are saving thousands in energy and maintenance from then on. We offer free quotes that will cover the entire installation and include any eligible rebates. With strategic partnerships in place, we can provide unrivalled value on your next LED lighting project. Please contact me for more info!
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