LED Monkey Explains Why LED Bulbs Last Longer
If you've only ever bought incandescent or halogen bulbs before, you might not know that LEDs last much longer! This a great incentive to consider switching to LED! It also means that you get more for your money! But why exactly do they last longer? And, how long can you expect the average LED bulb to last? LED Monkey explains...
Traditional Light Bulbs Disappearing From Our Stores
After the introduction of The Halogen Ban in September 2018, suppliers of halogen bulbs were no longer allowed to either manufacture or sell halogen light bulbs (aside from any remaining stock). Instead, you'll find that there are a growing number of LED bulbs appearing on the shelves (and online, of course) to take their place!
However, there's no need to worry. LEDs are just as bright! And, they're available in a range of colour temperatures for you to choose from! So, you can keep that ultra warm white glow (Ultra Warm colour temperature) that halogens are known for!
LEDs Are Longer-Lasting
But, there will be one BIG difference - how long they last! Indeed, instead of a matter of months, our high-quality LED bulbs will only need to be replaced after years and years of shining brightly.
This is because LED and halogen/incandescent bulbs have majorly different designs. You'll probably know that when your halogen bulb stops working, it 'blows' literally burning itself out, and all of a sudden you're stuck in the dark!
Whereas, the LED that we use today won't burn out as it doesn't use a heated filament to provide light. However, what you will notice with an LED is that after years of use the light output of the bulb will steadily decrease. So, you'll never be unexpectedly plunged into darkness.
What is Lumen Maintenance?
As mentioned above, the light from an LED bulb will fade over time and will only be deemed over once it's light intensity is reduced to 70% of the brightness it started with.
The word 'lumen' itself is a unit of brightness, the higher the lumens the brighter the bulb.
So, if a bulb is described as having a 50,000 hour life expectancy, it should retain it's initial brightness for more than 17 years if used for 8 hours each day!
After this time, the bulb brightness may have faded by 30% and will continue to fall if not replaced. At this point, it's wise to replace it with another LED bulb to keep your home brightly lit. But thanks to the LED's slow fade, you should have more than enough time to find a suitable replacement.
So, What is the L70 Rating on the Packaging?
The L70 rating is only applied to LED bulbs when it is proven that they can maintain 70% of their initial brightness after their given hourly life span.
Whether they have 20,000 or 50,000 hour life-spans, LED bulbs should still maintain 70% of their initial brightness after this time has elapsed.
The chart below clearly indicates just how much longer an LED will last in hours (on average) than the five other leading lighting types.
As you can see, LED beats them all hands down! The difference is especially apparent when you compare the popular incandescent and halogen bulbs to the average LED life span, as it lasts well over 10 times as long!
LEDs Produce Much Less Heat
A big part of LEDs lasting longer is the fact that they produce very little heat. If you've ever been curious enough to touch a switched on incandescent or halogen light bulb (which we don't recommend), you'll know that those things burn very hot. They produce 80% heat and only 20% light!
However, with LEDs these figures are switched around. They generate between 10 and 20% heat and 80 - 90% of their energy goes towards doing what they're actually supposed to do - making light! As a result, our LEDs suffer much less wear and tear from the damaging effects of the heat.
Get in Touch with LED Monkey
If we've convinced you that LED is the way forward, you may want to check out our fabulous website at https://ledmonkey.com/. Here, you'll find all sorts of LED products!
From LED strip lights and light bulbs to outdoor lighting and switches, we have it all. With long-lasting abilities and competitive prices, not only will you be saving heaps of money by switching to LED, but you'll also be helping the environment in the process.
If you have any other, non-urgent enquiries check out our massive FAQs page! You'll find answers to a host of questions that will help you to understand the world of LED lighting!