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Light Emitting Diodes or LED light bulbs have gone from being obscure gadget lights to the fastest growing light source on the planet in little over a decade, but they are still perhaps the most misunderstood of light bulbs. Myths of the little lights abound, so we have put together 10 of the most popular myths so they can be dispelled. These myths range from what they are to how they perform via why they’re popular in the first place. Do you know any others you’d like to have our experts examine?

 

1. LEDs are Just Light Bulbs

Myth - LEDs are just light bulbs

On the contrary, rather than being just a light bulb like rivals, LEDs are actually tiny computers. Some, such as in an Indian conservation project, have been linked to mobile phones so the lights can be triggered from far away. This is very much different to the concept of a light bulb being wired to a computer because in this case the chip is part of the bulb itself. One Canadian utility company, Festival Hydro, has developed LED in-bulb smart meters. Regardless if you are looking to purchase just a single LED bulb or many LED Panels, you can be rest assured that every product we carry is a front runner in LED technology.

 

2. LEDs are too Dim

Myth - LEDs are too dim

At LEDLights.co.uk we would not sell light bulbs which produce poor quality lights. Our LEDs produce the same amount of light as other types of bulbs. You can decide how much light you want by choosing its wattage - all of our bulbs include an equivalent wattage because LEDs are so efficient a 12W LED bulb is equivalent to a 60W incandescent.

 

3. LEDs Are Slow to Light Up

Unlike the so-called energy saving light bulbs which do take their time to warm up, LEDs produce an instant light. Furthermore, they do not overheat or change in brightness during their usage. LEDs will still last for years without being turned off. And, if that wasn't enough, affordable and bright LED Bulbs can last up to 50,000 hours! Try getting a traditional light bulb to last that long.

 

     
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4. LEDs Don’t Work When It’s Cold

Myth - LEDs don't work when it's cold

Ironically, LEDs are actually better performers in cold and extreme cold environments than when it is hot - that’s not to say they perform badly in the warmth, but that they’re even better in the cold. A cold environment will increase the longevity of the LED’s lifespan while its energy efficiency will also increase. This makes them good for freezer lights and external lighting for example.

 

5. LEDs Contain Toxic Substances

Myth - LEDs contain toxic substances

In short, LEDs are the safest light source you could possibly buy. LED light bulbs do not contain any toxic gases, no mercury, no lead, or anything else like that. Breaking an LED will not lead to the leaking of any hazardous substances. Furthermore, unlike many other kinds of lights, they do not emit UV rays which make them safer for humans and other animals. Additionally, because LED Bulbs last much longer than a traditonal light bulb AND use less energy they are much more environmentally friendly by default.

 

     
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6. LEDs are Bad for the Eyes

Myth - LEDs are bad for the eyes

LEDs are not lasers and so have the same effect on the human eyes as any other artificial light. In fact, their constant, crisp stream when compared to the flickering of fluorescent bulbs makes them a better light source to work in and live in. The intensity of light is consistent with that of traditional light bulbs.

 

7. Vibrations will Break LED Bulbs

Myth - Vibrations will break LED bulbs

LEDs do not contain any moving parts, they do not have a fragile filament and do not contain any hazardous gases (see no.5). Furthermore, they do not need to have a glass encasement either. All LEDLights.co.uk products are vibration tested for quality. Of all the bulbs available, LEDs are the least likely to suffer faults from vibrations, transportation, being dropped or hit. To further make the point, LEDs pass military grade testing.

 

     
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8. LEDs are a Government Plot

Myth - LEDs are a Government plot

You might not be surprised to learn this comes courtesy of our American cousins, but there is a serious movement saying that governments of the world have passed light bulb efficiency laws as a sop to the lighting industry. Yes, really. Naturally the truth is that China, America, Britain, the EU, and others are not beholden to the lighting industry, but are trying to improve quality across the board from inspecting meat to childproof medicine bottles.

 

9. LEDs are More Expensive to Run

Myth - LEDs are more expensive to run

One of the earliest myths, perhaps promulgated by companies not selling them, but another myth where the truth is the exact opposite. In actual fact LEDs are the most efficient light bulb ever invented. At worst they use half the energy of the nearest bulb (fluorescent) to create the same amount of light. When compared to incandescent bulbs the contrast is even more vivid, with them using just one-tenth of the energy.

 

     
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10. LEDs Last Forever

Myth - LEDs last forever

Sadly not. While the everlasting light bulb is a dream for customers, it’s not matched by reality. That being said, when it comes to longevity, LEDs far outstrip rival bulb types and while they may dim over the long term, can last for over half a decade. In contrast, rival bulbs can last less than a year in some cases, so their replacement costs will ramp up over time while the ever ready LED keeps on lighting. Also, you don't need to be a green-nut to start using LEDs; anybody can start using them just about anywhere!

 

     
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