Roberts Electric’s Dan Pitcock Talks about LED

Roberts Electric Owner Dan Pitcock was recently a panelist at a National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) meeting, and our topic was LED lighting. We get a lot of questions about this fairly new technology that can be more efficient, durable, versatile and sustainable than more traditional incandescent and fluorescent lighting.

What is LED Lighting?

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LED is an acronym for light–emitting diodes—they’re semiconductor devices that produce visible light when an electrical current passes through them. LEDs don’t burn out or fail; rather, they depreciate. Their life expectancy is based on when their output has decreased by 30%. LED lighting is found everywhere–Christmas lights, traffic lights, car headlights and brake lights as well as lighting in and around your home.

Why LED Lighting?

LED lights don’t radiate heat; rather, it is drawn away via a heat sink, a passive device that absorbs the heat and dissipates it into the surrounding environment. This keeps the LED from overheating and burning out.

Look for Energy Star

LEDs with poor designs may begin flickering, changing color, becoming dim and providing uneven light. Avoid these issues by choosing LEDs with Energy Star ratings.

LED and the Bottom Line

An LED bulb costs significantly more than compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), or incandescent competitors, but its lifespan is dramatically longer. LED can cut your lighting energy use by 75%, and you won’t have to change the bulbs for an estimated nine years.

Note that compatibility between dimmers and LED products varies widely–bad performance or product failure will occur with mismatched components. We do expect that these problems will diminish and prices will continue to come down as the technology improves.

Questions about transitioning to LED lighting for your home or office? Talk to us at Roberts Electric, 510.834.6161.

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