How Do LED Lights Differ from Incandescent Bulbs?

LED lighting is becoming more and more popular for home use, but it can be a little confusing to understand how LED lights work, especially when compared to a regular incandescent bulb. However, some of the benefits LED lighting can offer make it worthwhile to know what these lights can do for you and your home. Let’s take a look at how each type of light works and what an LED lighting installation in your Midway, TX, home can do for you.

How an Incandescent Light Works

An incandescent light, which are the kinds of light bulbs that have been around for years, work fairly simply: when turned on, electricity passes through the bulb’s connection area and to the thin, grey wire inside; this grey wire is tungsten and is known as the filament. As it charges, it heats up and gets so hot that it glows. Light bulbs are vacuumed-sealed or filled with gas to keep the tungsten from burning away, as it does when exposed to oxygen.

How an LED Light Works

LED lights don’t light by using a filament; instead, they use a component called a diode. A diode is a semiconductor with two terminals that allows electricity to flow only one way. The way light is generated in a LED light is that the natural electron imbalance that exists in the diode creates energy in the form of photons; these photons become visible with the right kind of semiconductor material, known as visible light-emitting diodes (VLED).

Benefits of LED Lighting

One of the biggest benefits of LED lighting is their lifespan. Because these kinds of lights do not use a filament to generate light, they have an average lifespan of about 50,000 hours of light. Comparatively, an incandescent light has about 1,000 hours and a CFL has about 8,000 hours. Another benefit is the small amount of wattage LED lights use. An LED light can produce the same amount of light as a 60 watt incandescent bulb but can do it using only 6-8 watts of energy. Lastly, they do not contain mercury and are good for the environment.

LED lights can be initially more costly than other light bulbs, so this should be taken into consideration when looking at LED lights for your home.

Have questions about installing LED lights for your Midway, TX, home? Call Ardon Maintenance today and schedule an appointment with one of our experts.

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