We all know that LED lights are more energy-efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs, but how do they actually work? It turns out, the science behind LED lights is pretty fascinating. Here's a quick rundown of how LED lights work to illuminate your home or office.
How do LED lights work?
LEDs, or light-emitting-diodes, are the tiny little powerhouses that have revolutionized lighting in recent years. Many of us assume that LEDs just “work” without really understanding what goes on behind the scenes of these magical little pieces of technology – and there’s a lot more to it than simply turning them on!
So let’s take a deep dive into how these incredible lights actually work their magic. Basically, the energy that powers LEDs is converted from electricity into light by two parts – a semiconductor and a photon. The semiconductor is made up of two layers of electrons which act as barriers to stop particles from passing through them until they encounter an electrical current.
When electricity passes between the electrodes, electrons in the semiconductor layer are knocked out of place and start to jump around. As they jump back and forth through the gaps between electrons, photons are released - resulting in light being emitted from the LED!
LEDs also utilize semiconducting materials called "phosphors" to convert energy into different wavelengths (colors). It really is an impressive feat for such small pieces of technology!
The benefits of LED lights
LED lights are truly a powerhouse of versatility and efficiency. From energy-saving to improved longevity, there are many detailed benefits to be had from opting for LEDs over traditional lights.
The first benefit is their low energy consumption - LED lights only use approximately 20% - 30% of the energy used by traditional lighting such as halogen or incandescent, allowing users to save massively on their electrical bills.
As well as providing a tangible cost-benefit, they are incredibly long lasting - with typical LED bulbs easily lasting 3-5 times longer than traditional bulbs, users can enjoy plenty of bright and glare-free long-term lighting without having to replace them frequently.
Finally, the range of sizes and styles available on the market means that LEDs can cater to any application in any space imaginable; whether it’s a kitchen downlight or poolside strip light, LED has you covered!
How to choose the right led light for your needs
When it comes to LED lights, there's a lot more to consider than just picking the brightest one. After all, while an LED light might be so bright it could be mistaken for a miniature sun, you'll want to make sure it's the right temperature of light that works with your home decor.
A common misconception is that if you get the highest wattage bulbs, then the light will look better, but the most important spec when choosing LED lights is their colour temperature.
To determine which warm or cool white light works best for your environment, think about whether you want a cozy and inviting atmosphere or something more modern and energetic.
Once you figure out which type of lighting suits your needs, check the lumens per watt of each bulb to make sure you're getting one that's both energy efficient as well as aesthetically pleasing.
LED lighting tips and tricks
LED lighting can take your home from drab to fab in no time, but placement, power sources, and customization options all play a role in the success of your lights.
Placement matters for outdoor lights because you want placement that will best highlight architectural features or garden beds and placement for indoor lights should create an atmosphere that is both functional and inviting.
To maximize their use and effect, why not opt for wireless or remote control capabilities? Further, voice control abilities add an exciting layer of convenience to modern LED lighting experiences. With voice controlled systems, you can easily get creative with placement and turn lights on/off without being tethered to a switch.
Once placement is addressed it's important to consider the power source before moving on - both indoor and outdoor LED light systems require a steady power source or battery pack depending on the set up you choose.
Try these LED lighting tips and tricks for easy installation of a cutting-edge illuminating aesthetic.
Now that you know how led lights work and the benefits of using them, it’s time to shop for the perfect set of led lights for your needs. Click the button below to see our top picks for RGB light bars – perfect for any gaming setup or computer desk!
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