Since the creation of the light bulb, people have been changing light bulbs in their homes and appliances with the same incandescent or halogen bulbs on a regular basis. Frequently changing these bulbs coupled with the amount of energy they consume on a monthly basis makes the keeping of regular lights in operation quite expensive. Other technologies are emerging into the home lighting space to help ease the costs associated with light energy. LED technology has long been used in quality outdoor lighting products like flashlights and lanterns. LEDs, or light emitting diodes, are now being recognized as a versatile and powerful light source that can be easily adapted to the home, automobiles and airplanes.
The reasons for LED technology adoption in other lighting applications are easy to see when you look at the benefits LED lights have over their incandescent and halogen cousins.
LED light bulbs require significantly less energy than their incandescent and halogen counterparts. The technology used to create these lights generates nearly no heat which means most of the electrical energy generated goes directly toward creating the light. This is not the case for traditionally made bulbs; incandescent bulbs only use approximately 10% of the energy they consume toward producing the actual light. This creates wasted electricity or battery power.
But how much is meant by “significantly less energy?” Well, for some major LED product manufacturers like COAST, this means that their LED lights – flashlights, lanterns, etc. – require 90 percent less energy to operate them than one using a traditional bulb. That can translate into over six hundred hours of continual light using just one set of standard AAA or AA batteries. Having that kind of energy saving capability installed into a home environment will translate to a watt consumption reduction to pennies a day.
LED light bulbs require less energy to run. They also have a much longer life-span than traditional bulbs.Quality LED lights are generally believed to burn brightly for 100,000 hours. That is roughly 11 and a half years of continuous use with just one bulb. LED flashlights, lanterns or headlamps used the average amount of time Americans use them – 2-3 times a year for hunting, camping, hiking or other recreation and occasionally to search in attics or basements at home – could plan to own the same LED flashlight for 25-30 years without ever needing to change the bulb.
There is a reason that some of the first applications for LED lights were in outdoor equipment like flashlights. LED lights are tremendously durable for their size. LED lights do not use a breakable filament or mercury like incandescent bulbs. This makes them a much tougher light source, perfect for rugged outdoor use. Quality bulbs from the top LED manufacturers are constructed for strength.
The easiest LED light benefit to observe is its powerful brightness. A single LED bulb can produce twice as much light as a traditional bulb. For some flashlight manufacturers, they have been able to improve light output to even more than double the lumens of the traditional. The light beams created by LED sources are more concentrated for a longer distance than in a traditional light where shadow rings and haze can be seen just a few feet away.
These benefits make LED lights the overall cost effective and long-term answer to any lighting need. Consumers can take advantage of these benefits now by purchasing flashlights that use LED bulbs for their home, vehicle or outdoor activities. More and more LED home lighting fixtures and replacement bulbs are being developed for home owners looking to save money and improve their overall light design. LED lights are the superior choice for the future of lighting and we all can benefit from their widespread adoption.