When LED's Fail
When LEDs fail, they usually do so gradually rather than suddenly (as do incandescent and, in many cases, fluorescent lights). LEDs are also highly useful for such vital (and often hard-to-access) business applications as exit signs and pathway lighting. LEDs last at least twice as long as fluorescent lighting and are not subject to early burnout from recurring on-off cycles. In addition, because LEDs yield more light per kilowatt than incandescent or fluorescent lighting, they offer major advantages in battery-powered or other applications where energy savings are crucial.
Unlike incandescent and fluorescent lighting systems that usually require fixtures, reflectors, and/or diffusers to direct light (and thus often lose up to half of their total light output before it leaves the fixture), LEDs give off their light in a specific, easily controlled direction. With properly designed fixtures, LCDs therefore reduce or eliminate the need for elaborate fixtures and related mounting equipment.
Another useful advantage LED lighting offers is its relatively clean and cool emission. Unlike other lighting technologies, LED lighting does not emit infrared or ultraviolet light and generates very little heat. LEDs also offer more efficient dimming capabilities than other kinds of lighting – many CFLs, in fact, cannot be dimmed at all.
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