As we become more conscious about the effect that the use of electricity is having on our planet. So the more aware we are becoming of looking for ways to reduce our use. As a result of this the sale of LED bulbs has increased substantially in the last few years.
Today it isn't just companies who are choosing to install such lighting but many homeowners as well.
So what are the reasons for so many us choosing to spend money on installing LED light bulbs rather than sticking with the incandescent and fluorescent ones?
In this article we look more closely at the features of LED bulbs and which will explain to you why such lights are proving so popular today.
Feature 1 - Luminous Flux
At the present time LED lights have the ability to produce a luminous flux of between 1 and 120 lumens. In turn they need only to use power of between 50-100mW (MiliWatts) and 5W (Watts) to create the light they produce.
Feature 2 - Color and Color Temperature
Most of the LED bulbs you see today emit a very neutral white light which many of us see as being cold. However research is being carried out and in the future the lights will be able to produce a much warmer light that looks very similar to that which a traditional tungsten or halogen bulb produces.
Feature 3 - Life Span
As these lights use less energy to create the light they don't get as hot as conventional light bulbs do and this in turn means that they last considerably longer. If you are willing to purchase good quality LED bulbs you will find that they will provide light for between 30 and 50,000 hours. Whereas you will often expect a conventional light bulb needing to be replaced between 5 and 10,000 hours.
Feature 4 - Light Distribution
How intense the light distributed by such bulbs is will depend on the housing used and what sort of carrier or reflector has been used to place the semiconductor on. Certainly the better quality these components then the more intense the light distributed will be. On average the amount of light emitted can vary dramatically and the angle at which it is emitted varies also. In some bulbs the angle is just 15 degrees whilst in others it can be as much as 160 degrees.
Feature 5 - Energy Efficiency
These are considered to be among the most efficient form of lighting you can get today. At present most of these bulbs are able to emit around 30 lm/w of white light. However there are a few now that have the capability of emitting 50 lm/w and hopefully at some point in the future some will be able to emit 100 lm/w. So it won't be very long before these types of bulbs have the ability to emit the quality of light that traditional light sources currently provide.
As a result of all these features it will not be very long before you seen LED bulbs replacing the much more inefficient forms of lighting we use currently.