Is it Warm in Here or is it Just Me? Do LED Lights Get Hot?
Posted by Birddog Lighting on Mar 30th 2020
We all have that long to-do list in the back of our brains that never seems to get taken care of. For many of us on the list, it’s getting that burnt out bulb replaced!
Whether you’re walking through the aisles of a store or browsing for lights on the internet, you start to realize how many different types of bulbs there are.
At this point, you’ve probably heard about LED lights and how energy-efficient they are, but you are still wondering “Do LED lights get hot?”
That’s why today we’re going to tell you how LED lights work and if they get too warm!
How Do LED Lights Work?
First, let’s break down the basics. What exactly is an LED light?
LED stands for “Light Emitting Diode.” These lights produce light 90% more efficiently than other lights like halogen lights, incandescent lights or fluorescent lights.
LED lights are powered by an electrical current that runs through a microchip, making it a bit different than other lights. LED lights are a bit different than other lights in that their “life expectancy” is actually measured by when their light starts to dim. The LED lights itself will not “burn out” like other bulbs.
One great reason to look into LED lights further is that they are actually much more energy-efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs. This is a benefit for both our planet and your wallet!
LED lights come in all sorts of styles, so you can use them for any of your lighting needs. They are offered as traditional bulbs as well as rope and strip lighting.
These lights have been found to be a great alternative to other light sources due to their energy conservation, durability, and versatility, so make sure to give them a try!
Do LED Lights Get Hot?
What is the deal with LED lights? Do they get hot?
The answer is that, like any light source, they do indeed generate some heat. However, LED lights actually produce significantly less heat than other alternatives because they have a built-in heat sink.
This heat sink is a feature that is added to LED lights that allow the heat generated by the light to escape. This feature that helps with thermal management is actually the most important element of making sure the light performance is consistent and successful.
This heat sink actually keeps the heat away from the diodes and allows LED lights to shine consistently and last longer than other alternatives!
If an LED light does get too hot, it will reach the diodes and actually affect the light that it is producing. If you notice your lights are flickering or have any other inconsistencies, make sure to practice caution and read the instructions that came with the lights.
LED lights, like any other lights, may be hot to the touch. It is always best to practice caution and read the safety warnings on the specific lights that you have purchased. Just to be safe, turn off the lights and let them cool off a bit before touching them directly with your hands.
However, some LED lights like rope lights have a protective tube around them, so they are safe to touch and adjust even when they are on. Many people use LED rope lights to decorate for outdoor events or in the children’s play area because they are more cost-effective and safer than other alternatives.
Unlike other lights though, they will not raise the overall temperature in a small room or space. Additionally, they are also safe to put next to things like food if you want to make a display of some sort. LED lights will not melt anything in close proximity to them.
There you have it, LED lights produce less heat than the typical incandescent bulb due to their heat sink and overall energy efficiency. Now let’s learn about some uses you may not have thought of for LED lights!
Uses for Lights this Upcoming Season
There are tons of reasons to use LED lights this upcoming spring and summer! These lights are an energy-efficient and safe option for decorations.
They are also an inexpensive, fun and durable lighting choice! As we move on out of the hibernation of winter and more into the outdoors, imagine how these lights could brighten up the more unconventional spaces that you want to decorate.
Just think of what one rope of these lights could do to transform your back porch, making it an oasis for late-night parties and barbecues. You might even be able to line your backyard fence or yard line with these lights, making it magical for any kids in the house.
While you’re out embarking on your first camping trips of the year, try lining your campground with these lights. Not only will it add some sparkle to the site, but it will also illuminate the ground and make it a bit safer if you have any children running around.
With colored rope lights, you can even match LED lights to the theme of an event. Think outside the box and match these rope lights to the colors of your school for high school graduation, or get ready to go all-out this 4th of July!
No matter where you choose to use these lights, there is no doubt that this is an inexpensive decorating option that will make a big difference.
Bring the Lights Without the Heat
Now you know the answer to the question, “Do LED lights get hot?” Now it’s time to make the transition to LED bulbs for both your household and all your event decorating needs.
Take your time when choosing what LED lights to go with. There is a wide variety that will fulfill all of your practical needs in your home.
You’ll end up having a ball if you choose to spice up your decorating with LED lights! You’re sure to get comments from your neighbors and guests when they see these new decorations light up your event!
If you have any questions about how to get started, you can always contact us here at Birddog Lighting. We have an LED light to fulfill any of your needs and we have tons of resources on our site to answer any questions you have.