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LED Lighting FAQ

HOW CAN I BENEFIT FROM LED CONVERSION?

There are many benefits to LED conversion. You will notice a decrease in the kilowatt intake of your home, office or store, or the amount of light your growing plants consume. This will impact your energy cost. Also, LED products are very efficient. They convert more electricity into light than incandescent bulbs, and generate less heat, which lowers the need for air conditioning. LED products can last for a very long period of time that can range from 60000-100000 hours, whereas incandescent bulbs usually last around 1000-2500 hours. They are shock-resistant, they lower the risk of spark-related incidents, and they do not contain any mercury or other toxic chemicals unlike Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFLs) that need to be disposed of in specialist recycling facilities

WHAT DOES THE 5-YEAR WARRANTY INCLUDE?

INITIAL-LED, Inc. covers damages resulting from a defect inside the product. The warranty takes effect on the date of purchase of the equipment for five (5) years. For more information about the warranty on our products, please see our Terms and Conditions. In case of material malfunction, please contact INITIAL-LED’s Technical Support team at 1-855­-677-3889 during business hours (8:30a.m. to 6:00 p.m.). Please have the reference material (product type and invoice number) of your purchase handy.

WHAT MAKES OUR PRODUCTS "GREEN"?

  • Our LED products contain no mercury: Most HID (High-Intensity Discharge) lamps contain mercury that eventually ends up in landfills all around the planet.
  • Our LED products comply with the RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) directive: HID lamps also contain hazardous gas.
  • Our LED products are long lasting: HID fixtures are replaced every two years, so over a period of 10 years, you would have to install 5 new lamps. Our LED products have been designed to provide more than a decade of near maintenance-free service, which means that for the same period, only one lamp is necessary using LEDs. This also saves time and money.
  • Our LEDs have a lower impact on the environment: Changing our habits and beliefs about LED technology will have an enormous long-term effect on the environment. It takes trucks to move the lights from the factory to the distributor; more trucks still are then needed to take them from the distributor to the store, and then more fuel for your car is needed to take these lights from the store to your house. Just think of the savings in fossil fuels alone that could be generated by the not having to replace your bulbs as often.
  • The material and resource costs involved in maintaining older technology bulbs and ballasts are very high, not to mention the down-time caused in many factories by the malfunction of these units.

WHAT IS A 100000-HOUR LIFESPAN EQUIVALENT TO?

Based on how long a fixture is illuminated per day, 100000 hours of usage is equivalent to:

  • 24 hours a day for 11.4 years
  • 18 hours per day for 14.8 years
  • 12 hours per day for 22.8 years
  • 8 hours per day for 34.2 years

WHAT IS 50,000 HOURS EQUIVALENT TO?

Based on how long a fixture is illuminated per day, 50,000 hours is equivalent to:

  • 24 hours a day for 5.7 years
  • 18 hours per day for 7.4 years
  • 12 hours per day for 11.4 years
  • 8 hours per day for 17.1 years

WHAT IS AN LED?

LED is the abbreviation for a light-emitting diode. Individual LEDs consist of a semiconductor diode that emits light when a voltage is applied to it. Today, LED technology has progressed to the point where it is viable for general lighting applications.

CAN LEDS BE USED TO REPLACE ALL CONVENTIONAL INCANDESCENT, FLUORESCENT OR METAL HALIDE LAMPS?

Yes, the LED market is adapting very quickly to the recent changes in regulations that many industrialized countries are issuing. For example, the US has recently passed new regulations about incandescent bulbs that will support the development of the LED market further.

New high performance lighting (HPL) LEDs are now becoming very accessible, which was not the case a few years ago. High power LEDs, as opposed to single low power LEDs, are capable of replacing any type of lighting available and, at the same time, consume a tenth to an eighth of the power needed for their incandescent counterparts.

IS THERE ANY BENEFIT FOR LEDS COMPARED WITH CONVENTIONAL INCANDESCENT OR METAL HALIDE LAMPS?

Yes, there are many. To name a few, LEDs have a:

  • Lower power consumption, meaning greater energy savings
  • Very long lifespan
  • Reduced start-up time, meaning instant lighting as soon as they are switched on
  • Resistance to vibration
  • Size range that is similar to most existing bulbs available
  • Thermal management system, meaning that very little heat is generated by the light source

COULD YOU PROVIDE MORE DETAILED EXPLANATIONS ABOUT THESE LED ADVANTAGES?

Here are 5 important facts:

  • Because of the energy savings it offers, the LED technology has an immediate impact on your power consumption and utility bill. In LEDs, light is produced by a chemical reaction, not by a filament that is burning between two electrodes. This method accounts for about 95% of energy loss, using only 5% to produce light.
  • The average life of LEDs is 100000 hours and most manufacturers commit to guaranteeing at least 50000 hours of usage. Compared with the 1000-hour lifespan of incandescent bulbs, whether you take the average estimate or the more conservative one, this could very well be the last time you change a light bulb.
  • LEDs emit cold light, so a very small amount of energy is converted to heat.
  • LEDs are shielded with plastic materials or polycarbonate covers, so they are more resistant than incandescent and (CFL) florescent bulbs which are usually made of fragile glass.
  • LEDs are now produced in similar shapes and forms to the standard lamps and therefore fit in almost all applications available. We at INITIAL-LED are constantly striving to improve our existing products and expand our product line to produce replacements for a vast variety of lamps.

CAN LED BULBS BE USED WITH DIMMERS?

Yes, most of the bulbs we sell work well with simple dimmers or electronic dimmer switches. However, not all bulbs available are dimmable and therefore you can only use bulbs that are designed to be dimmed in a dimmable fixture. Using a non-dimmable bulb in a dimmable fixture could damage the unit, causing it to fail prematurely and void the warranty. We will be happy to help you select the best match for all your needs.

DO LED LAMPS PRODUCE A LOT OF HEAT?

No. In fact, a 4W LED light bulb that has been on constantly for more than 25 hours will barely emit any heat. It will feel a little warm but will not burn when touched. This means that you will be saving on your air-conditioning bill as well. Burns and accidents caused by heated bulbs are avoidable with LED technology.

DO LEDS CONTAIN ANY HEAVY METALS SUCH AS MERCURY OR LEAD LIKE SOME OTHER ENERGY-SAVING LIGHT BULBS DO?

No. LED bulbs do not contain any mercury, lead or any other type of hazardous metals or chemicals. So you don’t have to worry about special disposal procedures when the life of your product has come to an end.

WHAT IS THE COLOR OF THE LIGHT EMITTED FROM INITIAL-LED’S LIGHTS?

Our LEDs come in the same available colors as most regular light bulbs. We can now offer you Warm White(3000ºK – 3500ºK), Natural White (4000ºK – 4500ºK), Commercial White (5000ºK – 5500ºK) and Cool White (6000ºK – 6500ºK).

HOW DOES THE SIZE OF LED LAMPS COMPARE TO MY OLD LAMPS?

You will barely see the difference between your old lamps and your new LEDs, as they are almost identical and need no special tools or set of instructions to install.

HOW DO THEY OPERATE IN COMPARISON TO STANDARD LAMPS?

They operate in the exact same way. You will be able to touch the light without burning your fingers.

WILL THE LAMP COME ON IMMEDIATELY, OR WILL THEY HAVE TO “WARM UP” LIKE A CFL?

Instant on and instant off! No time is wasted for warming up the units. And unlike CFLs, constantly switching them on and off will not shorten your LEDs’ life.

CAN THESE LAMPS BE USED IN OUTSIDE INSTALLATIONS?

Yes. You can easily shop for your indoor or outdoor application to find the one that best suits your needs.

HOW SHOULD I DISPOSE OF LED LAMPS?

LEDs can be sent to your recycling facility with other recyclable material, or they can be disposed of as you would with any other incandescent or halogen bulb.

WHAT ARE 3 REASONS INITIAL-LED PRODUCTS CAN MAKE MY LIGHTING EXPERIENCE BETTER?

  • They can help you better manage your energy consumption and costs
  • Removal of defective conventional lamps takes time and costs money; LEDs have a much longer lifespan and rarely need replacing
  • LEDs keep their brightness throughout their lives, ensuring no decrease in performance