Things You May Not Know About LED

An LED, which stands for Light Emitting Diode, is a semiconductor that converts electricity into light. They are different to incandescent lamps because a traditional light uses a filament that glows when electricity is applied, however LED’s create light using a cold process where power is applied to the silicon strip.

It was reported that the first LED was produced in 1927 by Russian scientist Oleg Losev. The new thing about Led is how the technology has developed to produce a viable replacement for traditional lighting. From 1962 when the first visible spectrum LED was invented by Nick Holonyak, the estimated percentage of lighting sales by 2030 will be taken up by LEDs is 75%.

Not only do LED’s give off very little heat at 75% less than incandescent bulbs, they are also environmentally friendly as they contain no mercury. They also score highly for their production process, usage, disposal and they are obviously fashionable as well!

Because of their flexibility and adaptability they are already used in a wide range of applications - from traffic lights to TV’s - all because of their long lives. With being very efficient an 8w LED lamp has the equivalent output of a 50w halogen bulb. They also use 50% - 80% less electricity and last 10 times longer than fluorescent bulbs and a whopping 50 times longer than an incandescent lamp.

Another plus factor is that LED’s can reduce the impact of insects on humans. White incandescent lights are the most attractive insects; not because of their brightness but because of how white they actually are. Insect’s genuinely only see three colours which are blue, green and ultraviolet light.

LED lamps on the other hand don’t emit a lot of UV light and therefore are less attractive to insects especially moths. Whereas traditional lamps such as halogen and incandescent use glowing filaments that generate heat and therefore become very attractive to those unwelcome guests.

At Sherwood Lighting we stock a vast range of LED lighting perfect for any home. Give us an email on info@sherwoodlighting.co.uk or call our team on 0115 926 6777.