How Long Do LED Lights Last?
Do you know the most common query asked by the LED buyers? It is always this one question that how long do LED lights last? Or what is their average life expectancy? Many times the place is left in the dark because the LED bulb burned out. The popularity and huge customer base of the LED lights have revealed a lot about the qualities of the LEDs. These lights are not only more energy-efficient and cost-efficient, but they are known for a very long lifespan.
So today, let’s clear out this confusion and know why LED lighting fixtures last longer than any other traditional lights. But prior to that, let’s compare the LED lights with another type of light.
LED VS Incandescent
Incandescent bulbs were the first widely available light bulb invented by Thomas Edison in 1879. These bulbs have become highly popular but have many drawbacks in them. They need a high amount of energy, they exhaust far quicker than any other light, and they emit a lot of heat. Though these bulbs have transformed in stages in the last so many years, they are still the most inefficient bulbs we have.
The consumption of electricity by incandescent bulbs is 5 times more than the LED light bulbs. To elaborate, if we provide both the bulbs with the same energy, LED lights will shine 5 times brighter than the incandescent lights.
There is a common delusion about incandescent lights that they are cheaper than LED lights. And if we compare the upfront costs of the LED lights, they may seem costlier, but they are cheaper than incandescent bulbs in the long run. On the other hand, the upfront costs of the incandescent bulbs are cheaper, but they need frequent replacement, which makes them costlier in the long run.
LED VS Halogen
The next duplication of the incandescent light is the halogen bulb. The halogen lights still have the same characteristics as incandescent bulbs, but there are some halogen bulbs that keep them ahead of incandescent bulbs. The major difference is the material used to design Halogen Bulbs. The halogen is filled inside the halogen bulbs, and so the glass is made of a very pure form of glass, i.e., quartz. This is one of the reasons why halogen bulbs are costlier than incandescent bulbs.
Due to the presence of halogen gas, the tungsten filament lasts longer. This is called the halogen cycle. This halogen cycle makes the bulb lasts for more than incandescent bulbs. While we are talking about halogen bulbs and incandescent bulbs, LEDs are still the champ out of everyone in efficiency, longevity, or features. Halogen bulbs still lag behind when compared to LED lights which have 50,000 operational hours.
LED VS Fluorescent
Fluorescent bulbs work very differently than halogen and incandescent lights. These lights do not need any halogen gas rather; they use a tube of inert gas. There are two ends of the tubes: positive and negative. For the proper flow of the electrons, alternating current (AC) is used rather than direct current (DC).
CFLs were the most efficient lights until LED came into the market. When compared to LED lights, CFL leaves a lot of voids in the lighting market. LEDs always take the lead when it comes to longevity and their compact size. LEDs work best when they are kept in the enclosed fixture. In an enclosed fixture, LEDs will work as twice as CFLs.
Why do LEDs have a longer lifespan?
There are some qualities of the LED lights which make them highly efficient and increase their life expectancy.
- Low Heat Dissipation
The major quality of the LEDs is that they emit very little heat. Heat can be the enemy of the longevity of any electronic device. As LEDs emit low heat, they have a longer lifespan. Moreover, LEDs are very compact, and the maximum space of the bulb can be used as a heat sink. This heat sink will draw out the heat to the environment, ensuring that the bulbs’ components do not burn out at a premature stage.
- Less Power Consumption and Compact size
LEDs are known to consume less power consumption due to which internal components of the bulb do not get torn out before time. The low consumption of energy has made LED light bulbs highly popular among consumers. The consumption of less power eventually makes it more cost-efficient. With these features, LED lights have become the best lighting solution.
- Solid-State Lighting
The major reason for the longevity of LED lights is that they are designed with Solid-state lighting technology. The components of the LED lights are made of solid-state. They do not require any gas phase and a warmup time to work. Unlike Halogen lights or fluorescent lights, which need gases intermediate to function, they only need semiconductors to work efficiently. And this makes the LEDs more durable than any other lights.
We hope we are able to explain all the queries regarding the longevity of the LED light fixtures, and you will be able to know why LEDs have taken over the market.
So if you are still using any traditional lights, do not think much and switch to LED lights now!