Advantages and Disadvantages of LED Bulbs

Obviously my going to write several post on the same topic, but perhaps this pattern is not as illogical, given that thinking on a subject, I begin to read and discover new things about her. In this case, after material for LED bulbs last week, I happened to discuss with known what are the advantages and disadvantages of using LED lighting in your home. It turned out that there are things that I had not heard, although quite interested in ecological and economic way of life.

Naturally, I hasten to share them with you (without claims for order of priority or other criteria):

Advantages of LED Bulbs

  • LED lighting products have a longer life than other different types of bulbs, if used in an appropriate environment. Their life is measured in tens of thousands of hours, which is no small. This logically leads to no small savings in future maintenance and cost of lighting.
  • Dramatically higher efficiency and lower energy consumption compared to incandescent lamps (up to 80% lower value at approximately the same brightness)
  • Minimum heat output, unlike conventional incandescent lamps, where about 90% of the power goes to heat.
  • A lower separating the infrared and ultraviolet rays. This may mean lower fire hazard, especially when compared with Halogen spotlights.
  • Much faster time to power and greater durability in starting and stopping.
  • Currently there are solutions for retrofit on almost all types of lighting.
  • Average LED bulb are healthier. Usually no glass to break, and no filament that can be damaged by vibration (in transit example).
  • They are more friendly to the environment. They last longer, do not result in emissions of CO2, and contain no toxic materials.
  • Some LEDs can be set to dynamically change color.

But like everything in life, the reality is not only roses, there are not-so pleasant characteristics.

Disadvantages of LED lamps

  • Dear initial purchase. Replacing the bulbs in an apartment can reach a peaceful four-digit sum.
  • Most LED Bulbs are not dimmable. Naturally, dimmable LED lamps are more expensive.
  • Possible compatibility issues with existing lamp shades in retrofitting.
  • Possible compatibility issues with existing low voltage transformers when retrofitting.
  • In conditions of high temperature their lives can significantly decrease.
  • The color temperature of light is not always as good as incandescent bulbs or halogen lights, but this indicator is continuous improvement.
  • Color quality and intensity of light can degrade over the life of the bulb.
  • The need for a radiator leads to restrictions in the installation – some LEDs can be mounted on specific locations because of potential problems with cooling.
  • They are more modern and thus more complex product than an incandescent lamp.
  • The quality of LED bulb depends on good engineering performance of the chip, as well as the best cooler and stable supply.

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