LED lighting

What You Need to Know About Converting to LED Lighting

What is LED lighting?

You may have heard the term “LED” before as the technology has been around for a few decades. In the past, LED lamps for private homes have been costly and a little unreliable. With new innovations in how they’re made, however, they’re quickly becoming not just an option for homes but also the most cost-effective option.

The “LED” in “LED lighting” stands for “Light Emitting Diode.” Traditional light bulbs have been incandescent (the kind you’ve probably had in your lamp at home) or fluorescent (the long lights you’ve likely been sitting under at work). Incandescent lights work by sending an electrical current through a thin piece of metal (usually tungsten) that’s encased in a glass or clear plastic bulb which has a special kind of gas in it that preserves the glowing metal. Similarly, fluorescent lights work by sending a current through a tube of gas, usually mercury vapour. When excited, the gas emits light.

LED lights, on the other hand, are “solid-state” technology, which means the light source is encased is a solid material. Using state-of-the-art microchip technology, these (typically silicon) diodes are able to produce light much more efficiently than the old tungsten.

Why is it better than what I have?
LEDs produce light that is much closer to natural light than previous methods, making it more comfortable for human eyes. Furthermore, the new technology is able to produce its light without making as much heat as traditional light bulbs. All the heat that traditional lights produce is basically wasted energy that is conserved with LED. In fact, LED lights can be up to 90% more efficient than traditional lights and last for years. All of this efficiency, of course, translates into energy bill savings for you.

What’s the best way to switch to LED lighting?
You’ll be happy to hear that pretty much every light in your home can be converted to LED. Depending on what your current electrical wiring and lighting situation is, the conversion may be more or less difficult. Because LED lights are more complicated than traditional incandescent options, it’s usually best to have your local Hamilton electrician take a look before you start any conversion projects.

If the money you will save with LED lights interests you, contact us at S & S Electrical Services Inc., your electrical contractor in Hamilton. Whether you live in Hamilton or anywhere in the surrounding area, we’ll get an electrician out to you quickly to let you know what the easiest and most cost-effective way to convert your lights to LED is.

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