As an LED lighting manufacturer and supplier, we hear are a lot of misconceptions and myths about LED lighting. TLW has run through a list of the most common LED lighting myths and misconceptions to help provide the facts.
- LED light is not bright
Early LED lights did have issues with brightness. However more modern LED lights are generally lighter than halogen bulbs so a 5w LED lamp can be as bright as a 50w normal light bulb. LED lights use less energy.
- LED lights are too expensive
The initial cost of LED lights can be more expensive than traditional bulbs. LED lights have lower energy consumption and tend to last a long time, usually around 15 years.
- LEDs do not save energy
LED bulbs tend to consume substantially less energy than traditional bulbs. An LED bulb can use just 5w of energy whereas a traditional bulb can use 50w. If LED lighting is used throughout the house, then there is a significant decrease in energy required. LED bulbs also tend to be more efficient at turning energy into light which assists with lowering energy consumption.
- LEDs do not last very long
Lower quality LEDs have been manufactured in the past that have caused the misconception to occur. These LEDs were cheaply made and therefore lasted a very short amount of time.
Our modern, high quality LED lights are tested for quality standards and can last up to 17 years when used for eight hours per day. These LEDs can actually last a lot longer than traditional bulbs.
- LEDs cannot be controlled or dimmed
Some LED lights can be dimmed and can be controlled for colour temperatures or colours. It is worth checking that the LED lights you want have these capabilities before purchasing. LED products usually specify these capabilities int eh product descriptions.
- LEDs don’t generate heat
LEDs do product some heat. However, they don’t product as much wasted heat as traditional light bulbs, which has led to this misconception.
- LEDs contain hazardous materials
The European Commission has confirmed that LED lighting is safe to use in your home, office and anywhere else requiring lighting. Also, the lights will not damage your eyesight as the light intensity of LEDs is similar to traditional lamps.
- LEDs need time to warm up
LEDs work fully from the moment they are switched on. They do not require any time to warm up or turn on.