LED - What's The Difference?There are several different types of lighting on the market, and as a consumer, you’re often faced with choosing between LED, CFL, or incandescent. For example, when you’re purchasing regular light bulbs, Christmas lights, or TVs, you have to navigate between the different types of lighting to determine what’s the best bet for you. In general, the answer is LED. LEDs are often the best type of light sources, but why? What’s the difference?

Light-Emitting Diodes

LEDs are light-emitting diodes, and they have made many technological advancements possible. The way they produce light makes them versatile in many different ways. They work differently than other forms of lighting, and those differences produce many significant advantages. Whether in business or personal life, LEDs are amazing things.

Energy Consumption

LEDs consume less energy than other types of lighting, and that makes them extremely desirable for people in their homes. LEDs might cost more upfront, but they can help lower your overall energy bills due to the significantly reduced amount of energy they require to produce light of the same brightness as other types of bulbs. For businesses, LEDs are also excellent choices for outdoor signs, and continually-lit advertisements.

Size

One of the reason LEDs are so versatile in the ways they can be used is that they are small. Comparatively to other types of lighting of similar brightness, LEDs are significantly smaller. This allows them to be used in applications in which size is an issue, without having to reduce the power of the light.

Durability

LEDs are different also because they last so much longer than CFLs or incandescent bulbs. They can actually last for years and years to come. They way they’re made also makes them more physically durable, rather than the very fragile light bulbs that can break or stop working as soon as they’re dropped or shifted incorrectly. Their durability makes them a great investment for anyone who requires a lot of lighting. Not only are they more practical, but they make things easier by not needing to be changed as often as other types of lights.

Color

There are many more color options for LED lights than for others. At least, it’s easier to produce a wide range of colors with LED lights, because they do not require different types of filters to produce a desired color. The way they are designed actually determines their color. When lights are needed to change colors, LEDs are a more preferable choice than other lights. They can create more powerful, intense colors in smaller packages, too.

Temperature

While other types of light bulbs can run very hot and pose big safety dangers, LEDs do not produce so much heat. For this reason, they are much safer to use. They also work better for purposes that require light but could be negatively affected by heat, such as for growing plants or illuminating fishtanks. They’re also able to withstand much colder temperatures than other light bulbs, so they are ideal for use outside in very cold climates.

Susan Wright is a practicing veterinarian of more than 10 years and is a dog bark collar expert and often shares tips on selecting fun and safe LED accessories for your beloved pet.