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Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) use semiconductors, rather than electrical filaments or gaseous substances, to emit light. LEDs produce light in a way that is different from other lighting technologies. They disperse light in a specific direction, instead of all directions. This characteristic makes them efficient and well suited for down-lighting applications.
Using LEDs instead of traditional lighting technology such as incandescent, fluorescent or high-intensity discharge (HID) has many benefits, including:
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LEDs are a great choice for many applications. Following are some of the most common uses.
LEDs are available in a wide variety of color temperatures ranging from low/warm, which closely mimics incandescent lighting, to high/cool, which is more like daylight. Other benefits make LEDs ideal for use in lighting control solutions, for example:
LEDs are suitable for various environments including offices, schools, retail stores and hospitals.
LEDs' longer lifespan, higher efficacy and greater control make them well suited to applications with:
LEDs' luminous intensity and uniform lighting helps increase workers’ safety in warehouses. It also delivers adequate lighting for product inventory at all shelf levels.
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The directional nature and low UV radiation of LED lighting makes it ideal for retail, hospitality and museum uses. Accent and directional lighting is also ideal for office reception areas. LEDs can highlight artwork or light up displays in retail shops. LEDs greatly reduce UV radiation damage to artwork, clothing and other organic materials.
Outdoor lighting has numerous uses, including:
High-quality LED light is perfect for use around:
Outdoor applications offer major energy-saving potential. LEDs can resolve the poor light quality and control issues from which most traditional outdoor lighting suffers. Uniform light distribution and directionality of LEDs allows strategic placement for safety, security and comfort. Combine outdoor lighting with advanced controls to optimize energy use.
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