Here is a quick way to cool your office and home using LEDs


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Ever wonder how much heat your lighting fixtures are giving off? Did you know excess heat produced by incandescent bulbs, lamps, and fixtures indoors can cause irritation, waste, and unsafe conditions in numerous applications. Instances of incandescent fixtures catching on fire, exploding, or causing strain on cooling units due to extreme levels of heat being emitted have been documented numerous times. These risks are most prevalent in storage closets or backrooms where air is confined and a high quantity of flammable material exists. In general, incandescent bulbs burn at 335 degrees Fahrenheit, in comparison to a similar sized LED at 87 degrees. As previously mentioned this difference not only poses a safety risk, it also causes energy bills to be unreasonably high. Besides a massive wattage reduction from incandescents to LEDs, cooling costs are higher in businesses that use traditional lighting. Primarily this is caused by the fact that over ninety percent of the energy consumed by incandescent bulbs is released as excess heat. This is then released throughout the structure causing a host of problems.

Ah, but you must be thinking about wintertime in Colorado! Surely that excess heat has to pay off then; however, with shorter and darker days requiring an extra amount of lighting hours, the wattage reduction becomes a greater impact than any bonus in heating. Additionally, the uneven heat produced by incandescent bulbs causes ice dams to form in gutters, along with other structural damage on windows and other exposed areas.

In general, an LED’s ability to maintain lower temperatures surrounding its central chip allows the bulb’s life span to exceed any incandescent or fluorescent fixture on the market. Therefore, not only does a lower emitted temperature increase safety, and reduce cooling costs, it also allows owners to reduce maintenance and expenditures of replacement bulbs. Thus, over the average lifetime of 10 years, an LED becomes a more economically viable option than an incandescent in more ways than the amount of wattage saved.

In a recent video produced by LED manufacturer CREE, the effects of the large heat disparity between LEDs and incandescent technology were tested using an unconventional method.

As the video mentions towards the end, think about what this excess heat produced from incandescents could do to color in clothing, food items, office furniture and other aesthetic elements of a business. In essence, an LED’s ability to produce only a fraction of the heat emitted by an incandescent allows it to last longer, reduce cooling costs, remove safety issues, and lower the depreciation of the valuable commodities that businesses rely on.

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