the LED ad­van­tage

Log Home Living - - HANDCRAFTERS -

Ac­cord­ing to elec­tron­ics man­u­fac­turer GE, there are a num­ber of rea­sons to ditch in­can­des­cent, halo­gen and even CFLs (com­pact flu­o­res­cents) in fa­vor of LED light­ing. Here are five key points that could im­pact your de­ci­sions for your log home.

1. En­ergy ef­fi­ciency. LED lights use about 50 per­cent less elec­tric­ity than tra­di­tional in­can­des­cent, flu­o­res­cent and halo­gen op­tions, re­sult­ing in sub­stan­tial en­ergy cost sav­ings, es­pe­cially for spa­ces with lights that are on for ex­tended periods. Ac­cord­ing to the Depart­ment of En­ergy, LEDs could save as much as $15 bil­lion in con­sumers’ elec­tric bills by 2030.

2. Ex­tended life. Qual­ity LEDs have an ex­pected life­span of 30,000–50,000 hours or even longer, de­pend­ing on the qual­ity of the lamp or fix­ture. A typ­i­cal in­can­des­cent bulb lasts only about 1,000 hours; a com­pa­ra­ble com­pact flu­o­res­cent lasts 8,000 to 10,000 hours.

3. Dura­bil­ity. With­out fil­a­ments or glass en­clo­sures, LEDs are break­age re­sis­tant and largely im­mune to vi­bra­tions and other sources of im­pact.

4. In­stant on. Where most flu­o­res­cent and HID lamps do not pro­vide full bright­ness the mo­ment they’re switched on, LEDs come on at 100-per­cent bright­ness al­most in­stantly, and with no re-strike de­lay. This can be ad­van­ta­geous fol­low­ing a power out­age.

5. No IR or UV emis­sions. Less than 10 per­cent of the power used by in­can­des­cent lamps is ac­tu­ally con­verted to vis­i­ble light; the ma­jor­ity of the power is con­verted into in­frared (IR) or ul­tra­vi­o­let ra­di­a­tion (UV). LEDs emit vir­tu­ally no IR or UV.

There’s an­other rea­son to choose LEDs over other types of bulbs — dec­o­ra­tive ef­fect. “You can use light­ing to ac­cen­tu­ate dif­fer­ent spa­ces and pur­poses,” ex­plains Er­win Love­land with MossCreek, a de­sign firm that’s cre­ated hun­dreds of rus­tic plans for a va­ri­ety of log and tim­ber home com­pa­nies. “For ex­am­ple, with LEDs, you can choose the ex­act an­gle and wash, and you can tightly de­fine where that light falls. An in­can­des­cent bulb throws light in ev­ery di­rec­tion. You have to con­trol it through shades, but still it scat­ters. By con­trast, the il­lu­mi­na­tion an LED bulb throws is al­most like a laser — it doesn’t dis­si­pate, so you can be more pre­cise.”

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