Rigid Industries offers some of the most advanced LED Lighting products found on the market today. In our Tech Talk posts, we discuss the advanced technologies utilized in our LED lights. Today, we focus on some of the lesser known benefits of LEDs.
Most people only look to the energy saving and lower maintenance costs associated with LED lighting. Additionally, very few people look to the efficiency of LEDs being much more than that of traditional incandescent bulbs. Due to the fact that incandescent bulbs create light by heated filaments that produce electrical currents, this causes much of the energy produced to be eventually consumed and radiated as heat instead of light.
The fact that heat with these kinds of lights has to eventually go somewhere is all too often overlooked. Anyone whom has ever stood next to a powerful incandescent light in a store or warehouse has probably noticed a great deal of warmth directly emitted from these lights themselves.
Not so directly what ends up happening is that the air surrounding these types of lights is also affected to the degree that it too becomes warmer. Within a building or warehouse that has hundreds of high powered incandescent lights turned on, the temperature of the building’s interior is much higher due to this heat radiation from these lights. As a result, electricity, as well as cooling bills, runs much higher.
This can be the case with off-road, power sports, police, fire, ambulance, marine and military or other vehicle and transportation units utilizing these types of lights. The amount of battery power it takes to heat up and eventually produce warm light from these types of lights is much greater than the energy that is produced by LEDs lights.
LEDs tend to exhibit this kind of performance because they convert a much greater portion of electrical energy that consumes itself into light. This results in much less wasted energy instead of heat output. Producing all the light and less of the heat, LED fixtures that have even higher wattage actually produce less overall heat than a single incandescent of comparable power.
Because LEDs convert more energy to light, they, in turn, produce light much more efficiently. Basically, this means that a 12 watt LED can replace a 70 watt halogen without any loss in total light output with an obvious reduction in total watts consumed.
LED lights also have better longevity over traditional Halogens. While 70 watt halogen lights burning 12 hours a day typically need replaced every four to six months, a 12 watt LED can last from eight to 12 years. This alone saves a significant amount of time, maintenance and money.