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LED Lights 101

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LED stands for light-emitting diode, a semiconductor light source introduced in 1962. LED technology was designed to give off low-intensity red light and originally used as indicator lamps in various machines. Today, it is also used for other lighting purposes.

Different uses for LED:

  • Aviation lighting
  • Automotive lighting
  • Advertising
  • General lighting
  • Traffic signals
  • Advanced communications technology
  • Remote control for electronics, such as televisions and DVD players
  • Household lighting

Advantages of LED Lights

  • Long operational life - For instance, the white LED’s lifespan is 100,000 hours or 11 years of continuous operation.
  • Energy-efficient – In traffic signals, a red light that contains 196 LEDs represents 10W against its incandescent equivalent that draws 150W.  It is estimated that LEDs save 82% to 93% potential energy.
  • No UV emissions and minimal infrared – LEDs are ideal for illuminating objects like paintings, which are UV light-sensitive.
  • Takes away the need for frequent bulb replacement
  • Saves money
  • Various colors are available
  • Durable
  • Easy to adjust
  • Lights instantly
  • Safer than incandescent bulbs

LED Christmas lights

As LED Christmas lights gained popularity, many people preferred them over traditional lights. Unlike standard incandescent bulbs, LEDs do not use filaments that burn out overtime and are not prone to excessive heat. An LED circuit can save as much as 80% of electrical power, which will be transformed to light energy. This minimizes energy consumption and the risk of fire.

Consider using LED Christmas lights next Christmas to enjoy the advantages and benefits they offer. Happy decorating!

About the Author
Inspired by my passion for the visual arts and my years of experience in the field of design, I enjoy a life of style and artistry. I am a devoted follower of minimalism and I believe in the marriage of form and function. I try to live by these principles, from my subtle but classic fashion sense when it comes to clothes and jewelry, to the various projects I manage and work on in my professional career Influenced by the refined grace of Coco Chanel, the timeless beauty of my favorite city, Stockholm, and the new ideas and trends I read from design books, I try to infuse my life with elegance and sophistication. Join me on Balsam Hill’s blog to get my tips and advice on home design and personal style.
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