In short LED stands for Light Emitting Diode.
LED lighting has become more popular over the years for a number of reasons. The first is that they are very energy efficient and therefore offer significant energy savings over your traditional incandescent or halogen lights. On average LEDs consume 80% less power which in turn will decrease your power costs saving you money, especially as LEDs have a long lifespan. One LED light is equal to roughly 25 incandescent light bulbs over its lifetime meaning less cost related to maintenance and replacement.
Secondly LEDs do not have harsh chemicals such as those used on incandescent and halogen lights. They also do not emit UV rays, are 100% recyclable and can significantly reduce your carbon footprint due to lower wattage which reduces CO2 emissions.
When using LED’s there are three important concepts to consider:
- Light appearance
- Colour temperature (check out our blog for more information: https://lightconz.co.nz/blog/choosing-the-right-colour-temperature-3000k-vs-4000k/)
Remember LED light bulbs are much brighter than incandescent or halogen bulbs of the same wattage which is generally why LED bulbs are usually not available in high wattages. When replacing incandescent or halogen lamps with LED lamps, consider the three above concepts as you may need more LED lamps in the same space.