Are LED Emergency Lights Better?

Posted May 15, 2019 by Koorsen Fire & Security

Are LED Emergency Lights Better?

The quick answer is yes.

LED Emergency Lights last longer and require less maintenance than emergency lights using fluorescent or incandescent bulbs. Light-emitting diodes (LED) have been around for nearly 50 years but have become popular within the last 10 years because of a significant reduction in price.

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Here are the top 4 reasons why LED Emergency Lights are better:

  • Efficiency — LEDs use a process called electroluminescence, meaning that electrons are combined with electron holes when switched on. Incandescent bulbs have a filament that burns to create light, which means energy is being used to create heat. There is no filament used in LEDs, so heat is not a major issue. LEDs are thinner and lighter, which makes them more economical and efficient. Low-temperature performance, ability to be controlled digitally, and the robust nature of the bulbs make LED lights more efficient than others. Overall, LED lights typically produce a 30% energy savings compared to normal bulbs.
  • Lifespan — The lifespan of an LED bulb is about 50x longer than standard incandescent bulbs. The burning filament inside of an incandescent bulb wears out very quickly, which results in the bulb needing replaced. LED lights do not have a burning filament, which allow them to last approximately 50,000 more hours than a standard incandescent bulb.
  • Brightness — Brightness is extremely important when it comes to an emergency light. Emergency lights are used to illuminate the path for evacuation of the building in the event of an emergency. LED lights are some of the brightest types of bulbs available. They are much brighter than incandescent bulbs of the same wattage. LED lights are the best choice for brightness in an emergency light.
  • Maintenance Inspections and testing are required for all emergency lights; LEDs are no exception. However, the extended lifespan makes replacement less likely. Constant replacement of non-LED bulbs can get costly. Emergency lights with LED bulbs can save your facility money in the long run.

Need More Information or a Quote?

If you’re not sure what type of emergency lights are in your facility, or if you’d like to change your lights to LED, give the experts at Koorsen Fire & Security a call. Highly-trained technicians will be sent to check your system and can make any necessary modifications.

Koorsen can take care of any additional inspections, testing, or maintenance of your emergency and exit lighting that is required to keep your facility up to code. Contact us today to request a quote.

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Topics: Emergency/Exit Lighting, Fire Protection, Fire Safety, Fire Safety & Security

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