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If you’ve been shopping for a new look for your home or patio, you’ve probably encountered several lighting options. One of the most popular choices is light-emitting diode (LED) technology. Many types of LED bulbs are available for both residential and industrial uses.
Why LED Lights Are So Popular
LED bulbs represent one of the most energy-efficient technologies ever developed, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The agency says that when compared to incandescent lights, LEDS can last up to 25 times longer and utilize 75 percent less energy.
LEDs differ from other sources of lighting in a number of ways. The light source is often tiny, about the size of fleck of pepper. One reason the technology is so efficient is that it gives off light in a particular direction, cutting the need for reflectors and diffusers. This makes LEDs ideal for uses like recessed downlights.
Consumers like LEDs because they also give off little heat when compared to more traditional sources of lighting like incandescent bulbs. Among commercial and industrial uses are street lights, refrigerated case lighting and lighting in parking garages and walkways.
Because they’re so small, LEDs are good choices for home uses like kitchen countertop lighting. They’re also popular for use in residential bathrooms and hallways. The DOE says retailers sell more than 20 million recessed downlights each year and estimates that 500 million of them have been installed in American homes. The flashlight or the holiday lights you last bought probably used LED technology.
Types of LED Lights
LED lights come in many sizes and shapes such as PAR38, miniatures and more:
EnergyStar.gov wants consumers to know that LED light products with the Energy Star designation have complied with more than 30 industry procedures and standards. Each also comes with at least a three-year warranty.