Goldtech LED Lighting

Why LED?

LED light bulbs are currently about to take over the lighting technology market by storm. And this with good reasons, because as you know, LED bulbs are a far more energy efficient, more environmentally friendly and also a cost-saving alternative to the old conventional incandescent and CFL light bulbs.

These are also the main reasons for both private and public transformations and upgrading of residential and commercial lighting technology systems to LED illumination. But are you aware of just how much of a difference LED light bulbs can make to energy saving, sustainability and financial spending?

Well, apparently both Bill Clinton and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa are highly aware of just this:

Already back in February 2009, the Clinton Climate Initiative replaced 140,000 streetlights in Los Angeles with energy-saving LED fixtures. This investment into energy efficient LED lighting solutions is now saving the city of Los Angeles more than US$ 5 million annually, a number that is to reach $7.5 million per year once the entire LED upgrade has been made. Saving US$ 5 million per year by switching over to LED light bulbs, imagine that!

Clearly, LED lights are a revolutionary, cost-saving and energy efficient lighting solution - but just how different is the LED technology when compared to incandescent and compact fluorescent light bulbs, the CFLs?. So let’s take a closer look at the top 5 reasons LED lighting clearly outshines its alternatives and leaves the other conventional lighting technologies left behind and in the dark.

  • LED light bulbs are more energy efficient
  • LED light bulbs have a longer life span
  • LED light bulbs helps you save money on your electricity bills
  • LED lights are non-toxic and greener than other alternatives
  • LED lighting is flexible in color and design
  • Lumens Vs Watts

    Lumens Lumens is a measurement of total light output or in other words the brightness of the bulb. More lumens means it's a brighter light; fewer lumens means it's a dimmer light.
    Lumens are to light what - Pounds are to bananas - Gallons are to milk

    Lumens let you buy the amount of light you want. So when buying your new bulbs, think lumens, not watts.
    The brightness, or lumen levels, of the lights in your home may vary widely, so here's a rule of thumb: - To replace a 100-watt incandescent bulb, look for a bulb that gives you about 1600 lumens. If you want something dimmer, go for less lumens; if you prefer brighter light, look for more lumens. - Replace a 75W bulb with an LED bulb that gives you about 1100 lumens - Replace a 60W bulb with an LED bulb that gives you about 800 lumens - Replace a 40W bulb with an LED bulb that gives you about 450 lumens

    Watts and Equivalent Watts
    Watts are a measurement of power consumption. With traditional incandescent light sources typically the higher the wattage, the brighter the light. With energy efficient bulbs such as LED this is somewhat different because there is no hard and fast rule to correlate Wattage with output. For example one brand's 9 Watt LED bulb may emit enough Lumens to replace a 60 Watt incandescent but another brand may need to use a less efficient LED, lets say 12 Watts worth to create enough lumens to replace a 60 Watt bulb. This is why as we mention above, it is more important to take a look at Lumens versus Watts.

    Many household and commercial fixtures were not designed with LED bulbs in mind. They typically feature warnings that indicate "Fixture designed for a XXX max Watt bulb". These are heat ratings designed to prevent users from placing a higher wattage bulb inside of the fixture than what it was designed for. LED bulbs consume far less wattage and consequently, produce less heat therefore a 60 Watt equal LED bulb could be safely used in a fixture rated for a 40 Watt incandescent, same goes for using a 75 Watt equal LED bulb in a fixture designed for 60 Watt incandescents.

    When we describe the "Wattage Equivalent" of a LED bulb this is a simple way of letting shoppers know what level of output this bulb will provide at a glance without having to dive deeper into the Lumen specification but it remains Lumens should be your guide when measuring the total output of a particular light bulb.

    Myths about LED lights

    Even though more and more people appreciate the benefits of LED lighting, there are still stories and misunderstandings going around. Let us shed light on the most common myths to give you a clearer picture of how LEDs can work for you.

  • Myth 1: LEDs last forever
  • Myth 2: LEDs are not bright enough
  • Myth 3: LEDs don’t get hot
  • Myth 4: 3W LEDs are brighter than 1W LEDs
  • Myth 5: Switching to LED cost a lot
  • Myth 6: LED light quality is poor
  • Myth 7: LEDs are not resistant to vibration
  • Myth 8: LEDs need time to warm up
  • Myth 9: LEDs don’t work in extremely cold environments
  • Myth 10: LEDs can’t be dimmed and controlled
  • Myth 11: All LED light bulbs shine with a very white light
  • Myth 12: LEDs contain hazardous substances
  • Myth 13: LED lights are harmful to the eyes
  • Myth 14: LED isn’t yet value for money
  • Choosing LED is the only bright choice.

    Light-emitting diodes, known as LEDs, have existed more than 40 years, but only recent innovation and technology advances have made them bright enough to provide useful lighting in commercial and residential settings. Because the special semiconductor chips are made from ultra-high-purity materials under tightly controlled conditions.