WHAT IS LED ?…
LED is an acronym for light – emitting diode. An LED is a semiconductor device that converts electricity to light by using the movement of electrons. LEDs have many practical applications and are being used widely in residential and commercial lighting.
See the chart below for an environmental comparison of the most prevalent lighting technologies.
LONGEVITY ACHIEVES EFFICIENCY
The operational life of current white LED lamps made in the USA is approximately 50,000 hours. This translates to 5.7 years of 24 hours a day of operation, or 11 years of 12 hours a day of operation. The long operational life of an LED lamp is a stark contrast to the average life of an incandescent bulb, which is approximately 1500 hours. Some products offered by Genio are engineered for even longer lifespans. Several of our street light retrofit kits are warranted for 70,000 hours and many of our flood lights are warranted for 10 years of full time use.
If the lighting device needs to be embedded into a relatively inaccessible place (such as high on a pole), using LEDs virtually eliminate the need for routine bulb replacement and therefor would greatly reduce maintenance expense.
OTHER BENEFITS OF LED LIGHTING
Substantially reduced electricity expense for lighting | LED lights generate less heat and therefore reduce cooling expense.
LED lights are direction specific. This means light is directed to a specific area and very little energy is lost creating unusable light and heat that dissipates into the air. Traditional lighting reflectors absorb a substantial amount of light and convert much of that energy to heat.
LEDs offer a large number of lighting options and customization and improved aesthetics such as adjustable light color to fit every mood and the ability for users to control intensity (dimmable).
|Contains TOXIC Mercury (Hg)
easily broken – produces vapors
|no||no||yes – Mercury is very toxic to health and environment|
|Carbon Dioxide Emissions
(30 bulbs per year)
Lower energy consumption decreases: CO2 emissions, sulfur oxide, and nuclear waste.
|451 pounds / year||4,500 pounds / year||1051 pounds / year|
|Green / Recycle||very high||only glass||moderate due to mercury|
|Power Plant Environmental Effect||best||worst||moderate|