The LED Story
Over the past decade the advances in light emitting diode (LED) technology have resulted in the broad use of LED lights for many of the applications that were historically handled by their incandescent predecessors.
The traditional incandescent light bulb glows as electricity heats a metal thread (filament) inside of a sealed glass bulb to approximately 3,000 degrees Kelvin. This is not very energy efficient - over 90% of the energy used by incandescent bulbs goes to generating heat, not light.
The wide acceptance of LED technology has increased rapidly as LED lights' efficiency and longevity has been proven to be much superior to incandescent bulbs' efficiency and longevity. Typical LED lights have a lifetime of up to 100,000 hours or more, and very little of the energy they consume is wasted as heat. Also, due to their construction they are generally far more resistant to physical trauma than incandescent or fluorescent lights.
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