Top 5 Myths About LED Fixtures Exposed

Posted by Birddog Lighting on Apr 7th 2017

Top 5 Myths About LED Fixtures Exposed

So, you’re thinking about installing a light fixture in your home or business. What do you buy?

You’ve heard a lot about LED fixtures, good and bad.

To be honest, you don’t know if they’re a good fixture option or not.

Can’t you just buy a regular light fixture?

The truth is, it’s not uncommon to hear these statements about LED fixtures.

The LED industry is still a new one, compared to when Thomas Edison first invented the incandescent light bulb in 1879.

To debunk some of these common myths, we’ve created this article about LED fixtures.

You’ll learn about electrical heat output, savings, and much more.

It’s a marketing ploy to make you purchase a more expensive fixture

Yes, LED lighting is generally more expensive in the short term. However, in the long run you end up saving more on your electricity bill. Plus they last much longer.

The truth is, a $20 LED bulb can shave around $10 off of your electricity bill per year.

Not to mention, LED lighting is roughly 15% more efficient than fluorescent lights. And they’re about six times more effective than incandescent lights.

More energy goes into the heat output of fluorescent and incandescent lighting than LED lighting, which causes a majority of that wasted light energy.

Since LED fixtures are designed to support LED lighting, you won’t have to worry about hefty long-term costs…or awkward installments and those annoying buzzing sounds.

LED fixtures are a trend and will fade out in a couple of years

New (and old) inventions do at times go out of fashion. Last year’s trends aren’t this year’s anymore.

However, the LED industry is not one of them.

Think of this industry as the hybrid car industry of lighting.

A hybrid car is an energy efficient car designed to waste less gas.

The same goes for LED lighting in respect to wasting less electrical energy.

Updating and improving inventions don’t go out of fashion. The improvements keep coming.

In any case, the LED lighting industry will only improve their LED bulbs and fixtures, making them as energy efficient as possible.

In fact, estimates project the LED market to continue to grow, having an 84% of luminaire-hour sales by 2030.

With this type of growth, you can expect the LED industry (LED fixtures and bulbs included) to stick around.

Since LED lighting outputs less heat, feel free to touch and tinker with these fixtures

This goes for any type of fixtures in general: don’t touch it.

It’s true that LED lighting is cooler than fluorescent and incandescent lighting.

Surprisingly enough, incandescent bulbs only produce roughly 10% of electrical output. The rest turns into heat. That’s a lot of heat (ouch!).

With this type of output, do not touch incandescent bulbs or the fixtures that support them.

This doesn’t mean though that you should be poking around with the LED lighting.

Like other kinds of lighting, the LED fixtures do require a heat sink.

In case you don’t know, heat sinks absorb the heat produced by the lighting.

Even though the LED fixtures may have the most up-to-date heat sink technology, it’s still not recommended to touch the fixture.

Assuming you’re the professional

While you shouldn’t tamper with the LED lighting because of the heat sink, don’t try to fix it if there’s a problem with it.

Always call a professional.

Tampering with it puts you and, if you work in an office setting, your co-workers’ safety at risk.

Not to mention, you risk adding more labor cost if you don’t fix the LED fixture correctly.

So, don’t sweat it. Let a professional handle it.

It’s just too expensive; I can’t afford it

We touched on this earlier, but let’s explain more about LED cost.

Yes, short-term wise, you will be paying a higher initial cost.

But in the long run, you will be saving more.

Throughout the world, $100 billion US dollars are spent on light bulbs and fixtures per year. And, on top of that, $600 billion for the power.

The United States alone spends 23% in electricity. Dividing this percentage up, that’s 18% for bulbs and 4% to 5% for the air conditioners that decrease the heat produced by the bulbs.

That being said, we mentioned that LED lighting outputs less heat, hence less power waste.

How long each bulb lasts?

The compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) lasts for 10,000 hours. The incandescent light, 1,200 hours. And the LED light bulb, roughly 25,000-50,000 hours.

That means in 50,000 hours (approximately 2,083.33 days or 5.71 years) you’re only going to need one LED bulb.

You would need 5 CFL bulbs and 42 incandescent bulbs for that same time period.

Let’s do the math.

If a CFL bulb costs $3.95 each. Multiply that by 5 (the number of bulbs that would be needed for a 50,000-hour period). And add $84 (cost of electricity at twelve cents per kilowatt-hour). You come out with a total of $103.75.

Running the same math for incandescent lighting: that adds up to $412.50 ($1.25 x 42 + $360).

But with the LED lighting, your total is $95.95.

How is that possible?

Although the bulb may cost $39.95, you only need one for the 50,000-hour time period.

Add $60 since twelve cents per kilowatt-hour is the average electricity cost per state. And there you have it.

So, you end up saving exactly $7.80 more than when using the CFL lighting. And a whopping $316.55 compared to the incandescent lighting.

Think of how much money would be saved if the US (and the world!) converted to LED fixtures and bulbs.

Not many people and industries are on the LED bandwagon

In fact, thousands of car, equipment, and street light manufacturers have turned to LED lighting.

This doesn’t include the thousands of individual users who’ve installed LED fixtures and bulbs into their offices and homes.

The reason?

They want to save on costs and reduce their carbon footprint.

So, why not you too?

Contact us to know more about LED light fixtures and LED lighting in general.