Ask a Boca Raton Electrican: What Are LEDs?

Posted On: April 15, 2015

Once prohibitively expensive, LED lighting has changed. LEDs are now a cost-effective light source that comes in a variety of beautiful tones to suit any style. Although LED light bulbs are a bit more than incandescents in terms of dollars spent at the hardware store, they only cost a tenth of what incandescent lighting does in terms of your energy bill! In fact, if you were to switch all of the lightbulbs in your home to LEDs, it’s estimated that you’d save about $300 a year in energy costs.
The Boca Raton electricians of Reliable Electrical Services can help! In this blog, we’ll discuss the facts about LED lighting as well as the options you have for improving the efficiency and beauty of your home!

The Benefits of LED Installation

LED stands for “light emitting diode,” which is the technical term for a bulb that produces light without heat. Here’s the difference between LED lighting and the incandescent bulbs in your home:

  • LEDs create light with an electron reaction. When activated by a low voltage, the electrons in the light are able to recombine with the electron holes in the device. This releases energy in the form of photons, generating light. Since the process happens on a molecular level, these bulbs aren’t very susceptible to wear and tear. They have extremely long lifespans and consume very little energy!
  • Incandescent Bulbs are standard light bulbs, and they produce light the old fashion way: through heat. When the electrical current passes through the wire, it causes the filament to heat. The heat causes the wire to glow. Different wattage bulbs have different strengths of electrical current — meaning different levels of heat. The filament in a typical light bulb is made from tungsten, which does become worn down over time and, eventually, will break.

Previously, LED lights were extremely expensive. But now that the bulbs are no longer held under a restrictive patent, they’re flooding the market! LEDs are more energy efficient, last longer, are safer, and have a better aesthetic than their incandescent bulb counter parts. Now that they aren’t so expensive, all homeowners performing remodeling, light fixture replacement, and other lighting upgrades should ask an electrician in Boca Raton for consultation and LED light installation!

With LED lights, the Reliable Electric professionals can improve the appearance and efficiency of your lighting. Pay less on your electric bills and get more from your home with LEDs — call our experts today!