Debunking LED Lighting Myths & Facts
LED Lighting has had endless amount of myths and facts that continuously come out. As the LED lighting technology is always advancing, there are general myths that can definitely swing people’s interest on upgrading their lighting to LEDs. While we won’t go into every single one, we will cover a few of the myths out there and provide a basic understanding of the facts.
Myth 1: LED lights get hot
- LED lights do give off some heat when illuminated, however much less than traditional light bulbs. LEDs don’t emit infrared (IR), just visible light.
Myth 2: LEDs cost a lot
- As we discussed in previous blogs and you can read about here in our Energy Savings Calculator LEDs initial investment is slightly higher than traditional light bulbs. The true cost will be seen in the payback, where you won’t have to replace the bulb for years to come! You’ll also have lower energy consumption as well.
Myth 3: LEDs don’t offer any color options
- Many colors! You have various options here. You can purchase an LED is a specific color, or have have an LED light that is a smart light bulb that you can command and control via an app on your smartphone
Myth 4: LEDs can’t be dimmed
- With the evolution of the LED technology and manufacturers, suppliers and dimming companies have been able to adapt dimming technology into LEDs. Make sure you choose LED-lights that are designed to be dimmed and dimmer switches will work with them.
Myth 5: LEDs are bright Enough. I need more!
- LEDs can pack enough punch for any situation. LEDs will emit the same amount of light as traditional light bulbs, just using a lot less energy. For example, a 9W LED will shine just as bright as a 60W incandescent light bulb. This is just one example. There are LEDs for every situation that you would need lighting for!
Myth 6: LEDs contain hazardous material
- LED bulbs do not contain mercury, unlike CFLs or other fluorescents. LED bulbs are bound together by semiconductor material.
Myth 7: LEDs need time to warm up
- LEDs instantly shine bright with respect to their light output once turned on. That is why you see all vehicles have LEDs in their lights as a safety precaution.
Myth 8: LED shines way too bright for me. I don’t like it
- LEDs can shine in any color temperature (Kelvin) that you would like, you just need to know what you want and where you want the light. Whether that be for the living room, office, bedroom, public park, the list goes on
- 2700 to 3000 degrees Kelvin —warm white or soft white. This is the same color temperature of tungsten incandescent bulbs.
- 3,500 to 4100 degrees Kelvin — Cool white.
- 5000 to 6500 degrees Kelvin — Daylight. Tends to be bluish in comparison to the others. Think sunny, blue-sky day
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