LED Lighting Myths About LEDs

Published on August 4th, 2014 | by Mark Griffin

Myths About LED Lighting That Simply Aren’t True

LED lighting is a relatively new technology and many people are not very familiar with what it is and how it works. As a result, there are a lot of incorrect myths that are perpetuated about LED lighting and what it can and can’t do. These myths are repeated and passed around, until they become a common belief amongst the vast majority of people.

You have probably heard people say that LEDs will cost you excessive amounts of money, they do not work effectively or they fail to save you power. These myths are simply not true. Unfortunately, these incorrect myths are discouraging people from taking advantage of the benefits that LED lighting can offer. So what is the truth about LED lighting?

Let’s take a look at some of these myths, so that we can discover what the truth is about this type of lighting.

They Don’t Save Power

Many people say that LEDs don’t save power, but this is not true. In fact, the typical LED bulb uses less than 50% of the energy of a compact fluorescent bulb. Also they will consume just one eighth to one tenth of the power of an incandescent bulb.

This is because a conventional light bulb is a vacuum tube. The technology is old and these types of lights will not get any better. These incandescent bulbs only use 10% of the power that is supplied to them for creating light; the rest of it gets turned into heat. This is why your conventional bulbs are hot to the touch.

The result of these inefficient bulbs is extra costs to you and the environment. Even though they might save you a handful of small change a day, the difference in your energy bill will really add up over time!

LEDs Don’t Work Well

There is a misconception that LED lights don’t work, but this is false. The truth is that LED technology has evolved very quickly and these lights are an excellent solution that works very well. Many street light manufacturers, TV makers, car manufacturers and makers of industrial equipment have already turned to LEDs to reduce their power consumption.

LED lights offer a lot of advantages in these circumstances, because they fit in better with the rough and tumble of these difficult jobs. Unlike a conventional source of light, that can easily break on impact LEDs don’t shatter rand they will not contain gases like electrodes and mercury. This means that LED lights not only work very well, they are also sturdy and functional – able to stand up to many adverse conditions or circumstances.

They Are Too Expensive

Many people are hesitant to make the switch to LED lights, because they think that these lights will be far too expensive. However, LED lights are more affordable than most people think.

If you invest in LED bulbs for your home, the power that you conserve will pay for the bulbs themselves in a relatively short time. Now that the demand for LED bulbs is increasing, the sticker price in stores is dropping drastically. Many manufacturers and retailers are selling LED lighting solutions that are cheaper than ever before.

In order to determine the actual cost of investing in LED lights, you can take the time to calculate the price it would cost to replace all of the light bulbs in your home – as well as the amount that you will save on your energy bill by using the new lights. This will tell you how many months it will take until the LED lights start to pay for themselves. (Link to energy saving infographic example and maybe bulbs page demonstrating good value).

LED Lights Produce a Blue Light

You might have heard the myth that LED lights only produce a very cold bluish light that is not welcoming or pleasant to have in the home. This might have been true for the very early LED bulbs but it is not true anymore. White-light LEDs are available in a range encompassing warm to cool white. This is known as colour temperature.

The colour temperature of light is measured by CCT, which stands for correlated colour temperature and is expressed in kelvin. The measurement indicates whether white light appears warm (has an orange tone) generally 2700K neutral, or cool (has a bluish tone) 6000k. The leading LED manufacturers use various different selection schemes in order to ensure that light colour is consistent from fixture to fixture.

Of course there will be some bluish LEDs on the market, but these should only be cooler temperatures otherwise they will be of an inferior quality.

If you invest in a good product you will find that the light has beautiful quality. The best suppliers are able to provide a full range of light.

LED Lights Aren’t as Bright as Traditional Bulbs

This is a belief that comes from misinformation, because historically the brightness of an individual light was determined by its wattage. Therefore a 60 watt bulb would put out more light than a 40 watt bulb. However you should know that LED lighting operates a little differently than this – which is what causes the misunderstanding for most people and leads them to think that LED lights are not as bright.

It requires less energy for an LED light to produce similar levels of brightness. When the light is measured in lumens, a typical 10 watt LED lamp will produce the same amount of lumens as a 100 watt incandescent. This means that you should be looking for the LED with the highest lumens, not with the highest wattage.  Wattage measures consumption not output.

Tackling the Typical LED Lighting Myths

These are just a few of the myths that people perpetuate when it comes to LED lighting. As you can see, most of these myths are based on misinformation and they are either a misunderstanding or simply not true.

Unfortunately, these myths result in many consumers missing out on the benefits of LED lighting because they are misinformed.

Before you make a judgement about the pros and cons of this lighting, you should take the time to find out the truth, research and discover whether or not it will work well for you.

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Having worked in lighting for over 12 years my experience has been gained in a variety of lighting companies spanning decorative lighting, outdoor lighting and the light bulb market. The most recent years have been spent in launching LED products to the UK market.

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