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A New Angle on Green

Being “green” has a different meaning to everyone. At EnvironmentalLights.com we believe in sustainable lighting solutions that are energy-efficient and long-lasting, which lowers energy use and minimizes the environmental impacts from manufacturing and waste. We sell high-quality products that can assist homeowners, building managers, property owners and others in reducing energy costs, while also improving lighting in their homes, buildings and other locations.

What is an LED?

A light-emitting diode (LED) is a type of solid-state lighting (SSL) that emits visible light when an electric current passes through it. It is called solid-state lighting because light is generated from a solid object that is illuminated by the movement of electrons through a semiconductor. LEDs produce light very efficiently and create little to no heat.

How are LEDs different?

Incandescent bulbs create light by passing electricity through a filament until it becomes so hot that it glows. Incandescent bulbs release 90% of their energy as heat. With CFL bulbs, an electric current is driven through a tube containing gases which creates a reaction with the coating inside of the tube. CFL bulbs release 80% of their energy as heat.

LEDs can produce the same amount of light (lumens) as these traditional bulbs while using significantly less energy (up to 85% less).

How long do LEDs last?

LEDs last significantly longer than traditional bulbs, so you won't need to replace them as often – making them environmentally friendly as well. LEDs use about 25% of the energy and last up to 25 times longer than the traditional incandescent bulbs they replace. Their expected lifetime can range from 35,000 to 50,000 hours, compared to 1,000 to 2,000 hours with incandescent lights.

How big are LEDs?

LEDs are very compact and low profile, an advantage where space is at a premium. Depending on the type of lighting required, LED light bars and LED strip lights are great for display case lighting and shelf lighting because of their slim size and high brightness. LED light bulbs come in a variety of shapes and sizes.

LEDs use no breakable glass or filaments, so they are very durable and great for high-usage areas.

How can you help?

The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that the adoption of LED lighting in the U.S. by 2027 could:

  • Deliver savings of about $265 billion
  • Avoid 40 new power plants
  • Reduce lighting electricity demand by 33%