Five Little-Known Facts About LEDs

1) They help you absorb more nutrients from fruits and vegetables

Because LEDs do not emit ultraviolet rays, they are better options for supermarkets, restaurants, and kitchen lighting.    UV rays decrease nutrient levels in foods, and all other light sources, including natural and artificial, emit UV rays.  In addition, LEDs do not give off heat, keeping food fresher for longer.

2) They never burn out.

LEDs have a lifetime estimate of 35,000-60,000 hours, compared with the 1,000 hour lifetime of incandescent light bulbs and the 8,000 hour lifetime for compact fluorescent lamps.  And even after they reach that limit, they will simply become progressively dimmer rather than immediately burning out.

3) They do not attract bugs.

Bugs are attracted to high levels of UV rays, and LEDs do not emit ultraviolet light.

4) They help you become a safer driver.

LED headlights have a higher color temperature, which improves driver vision in low-light conditions.  Also, the amount of blue light in LED aids with peripheral vision.

5) They are reasonably priced (for some product categories).

Since LED manufacturing technology is relatively new, some LED light options can be costly.  However, prices are predicted to drop significantly over time.  LED lights that are reasonably priced include barbecue lights, cabinet lights, exit signs, flashlights, night lights, step lights, and under cabinet lights.

Emily Widle

Emily graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in journalism. She enjoys scouring the news to report on the latest in the lighting industry as well as bringing valuable remodeling tips and exemplar home projects to light.