What is Energy Star?

What is LED Lighting?

Why are LED lights becoming so popular?

Where can LED lights be used?

Do LED Lights produce CO2 or other Green House Gases?

What is the difference between lumen and lux?

Do LED lights require a ballast like fluorescent lights?



What is Energy Star? ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.  With the help of ENERGY STAR, Americans have saved enough energy in 2008 alone to avoid greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 29 million cars — all while saving $19 billion on their utility bills.

What is LED Lighting?  LEDs (Light Emitting Diode) are semiconductors which converts electricity into light. LED lighting has been around since the 1960s.  LEDs last considerably longer than incandescent or fluorescent lighting. LEDs don't typically burn out like traditional lighting, but rather gradually decrease in light output. The "useful life" of an LED light is often 50,000 to 100,000 hours.  LEDs are resistant to thermal shocks and vibration.  LEDs perform well when subjected to frequent on-off cycling. 

Why are LED lights becoming so popular?   LED lights draw much less electrical power than other lights (often times up to 80% less power).  The newest generation of Super Bright LED lights (sometimes called SMD or Luxeon LEDs) is about three times brighter than the original LED lights.  They do not produce UV radiation or contain harmful mercury (like fluorescent and CFL bulbs).  The tiny size of LED lights allows them to be manufactured in many different configurations.  They also last about six times longer (on average) then fluorescent tube lights.

Where can LED lights be used?  LEDs can be used anywhere other forms of lighting are used.  We offer LED light products for indoor and outdoor applications.  Because LED lights are cooler than other lights, they save energy when used indoors by lowering cooling costs.  The long life of LED lights makes them perfect choices any place where normal maintenance is very difficult.

Do LED Lights produce CO2 or other Green House Gases?  No.  LED lights do not emit any CO2, or contain mercury.  Replacing fluorescent bulbs with LED light tubes also reduces a significant amount of CO2 that would normally be produced by electric plants do to their much lower usage of electric power.

What is the difference between lumen and lux?  Lux takes into account the area over which the luminous flux is spread. A flux of 1000 lumens, concentrated into an area of one square meter, lights up that square meter with a luminance of 1000 lux. The same 1000 lumens, spread out over ten square meters, produce a dimmer luminance of only 100 lux.

Do LED lights require a ballast like fluorescent lights?  No, LED lights do not require a ballast.




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