Energy saving light bulbs are all the rage these days, with adoption of LED light bulbs at an all time high in 2015. Yet despite the growing popularity of LEDs and the growth in consumers choosing them over conventional bulbs, there are certain things about LED lighting that many people aren’t aware of. We at LiquidLEDs have put together a few of these interesting facts below.

  1. LEDs Aren’t As Long-Lived as Advertised

LEDs have remarkably long life spans, but claims of LED bulbs lasting up to 50,000 years are greatly exaggerated. Sure, they’ll probably still work after that many hours of use, but they’ll likely have lost most of their original brightness. And for us, that’s not what we’d consider a working device. LEDs, on average, will still keep their maximum brightness well into 15,000 and 20,000 hours. After that, you may experience a loss of performance.

  1. Dimmers Bring Out the True Potential of LEDs

One of the reasons why some consumers cling stubbornly to incandescent bulbs is because of how well they work with dimming controllers. These devices allow you to fine-tune the brightness, or conversely, the dimness, of a light bulb, letting you get just right amount of light for your needs. The engineering of CFLs made it near impossible to get them to work with dimmers. On the other hand, LEDs were are perfect match for many third-party dimming controllers. Not only does a dimmer allow you to create beautiful lighting effects, it allows you to control just how much electricity your light uses.

  1. LED Technology is Closer to Computers than Light Bulbs

The technology of LED lighting makes it possible for it to be connected to computing devices and even wireless networks. Already we’ve seen a deluge of “smart” LED bulbs capable of being controlled through your smartphones, or even working as Wi-FI hotspots. Try doing that with a CFL or incandescent bulb.

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