The Basics of LED Lighting

What is LED lighting?

LED stands for light emitting diode. It is a semiconductor device that emits visible light when an electric current passes through it. LED is monochromatic, occurring in a single wavelength, with output ranging from red to blue-violet. Some LED technology emits infrared energy, known as an IRED or infrared emitting diode.

Both LED and IRED have two elements of material: a p-type semiconductor and n-type semiconductor. These two elements are placed in direct contact forming what’s called a p-n junction. It’s different from other diode types by having a transparent package, allowing visible or IR energy to pass through it. It also has a p-n junction whose shape can be tailored for the application.

What are the benefits of LED?

When you compare LED lighting to other sources we’ve used for years, it has several benefits.

LED lighting has a lower power requirement to operate. That means with most LED lights, they operate using lower power supplies.

LED lighting has a higher efficiency. Most of the power supplied to LED lights is converted with minimal heat production, meaning the lights are cool to the touch.

LED lighting has a longer life. When properly installed, LED or IRED can function for decades, giving you the added benefit of not having to think about it for years.

Where can you use LED?

The good news is you can use LED lighting everywhere.

One of the things we like best about LED lighting is its functionality in all weather conditions. Unlike most fluorescent lamps, LED products have no problems operating at extremely low temperatures. Which means if you use LED for your outdoor needs, you’ll have no problem in the dead of winter or the heat of the summer. Lighting will always be the same.

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