LED lights, Theory vs Practice

LED technology is the current favorite for lighting in the future. They use less energy than fluorescent lights and can emit more pleasing light.  They also in theory do not need to be replaced for many years.

I worked at a hardware and furniture store when I was in college and we carried many different LED desk lamps over the years.  That experience showed me that LED light bulbs break all the time and are often very difficult to replace.

Now it is certainly possible that these were cheap lights not on par with the LEDs of today but given the simple construction of the diode, I don’t think it should matter.

I understand why in theory these light would last longer, IE there is no filament to burn out etc.   So are some types just better than others?



8 Responses

  1. Not really sure to exactly I am replying, but here’s a thought.
    Thomas Edison started his development of our steadfast, reliable incandescent electric bulb by enduring dozens, possibly hundreds, of failures before making his invention public. Let’s give good ole human ingenuity a fair chance to take LED’s to the maximum productivity before we throw in the towel. History always shows that with time, all good ideas come to fruition. Currently the ideas regarding the rehabilitation of our fragile galaxial speck known as Mother Earth are at the forefront of this wonderful green movement, and with a little perserverance and determination we might just be able to right the wrongs we have inflicted on Her! Your Friend, Rick

  2. I agree we need to take time to perfect these technologies but I’m just concerned about knock-off versions of proven technolgies that makes claims that can’t be backed up.

    thanks Rick!

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