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LED Lighting in Chicago

LED Technology – The Future of Outdoor Lighting

How do you know LED lighting is right for your Chicago home? LED technology offers sustainable, effective, and radically efficient residential and commercial lighting. It's a true win-win. LED technology overcomes many of the former trade-offs versus older lighting technologies. Costs continue to fall and performance rapidly improves. It already exceeds every other technology for most applications. LED lighting will be the universal standard within 5-10 years across the United States. (To a lesser degree, this applies to Induction and High Efficiency Fluorescent lighting.)

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Professional LED Lighting in Chicago

Chicago home with LED outdoor lighting

LED lighting, a solid-state lighting technology, originated early in the 20th century. It saw its first use in practical applications in the 1950’s.

It was first produced as indicator light sources for early calculators, computers, and other digital devices. But LED technology has evolved. Now it's high-power drivers and chips capable of providing usable illumination, extreme efficiency, and long life. Many well-designed low power LED’s from 1970’s and 1980’s digital devices are still working today.

LED’s work by passing a current through a p-n semiconductor junction. As charge carriers (electrons and holes) meet, electrons fall into lower energy state. Then they release energy in the form of a photon (light).

Benefits to Installing LED Lighting

Efficiency is one of the biggest advantages of LED. Beyond that, it involves no filaments to burn out, gases to leak, or other mechanical failure points. Typically, LED chips at end of life do not fail. They simply dim to the point where they are no longer useful. There are so many advantages to upgrading your outdoor lighting system to LEDs. There is no reason not to upgrade! For many Chicago property owners, benefits of outdoor LED lighting includes:

  • Cost effectiveness. LED energy consumption is a fraction of traditional lights. This means it is usually the most cost effective option.
  • Low Voltage. LEDs use a lower voltage system to operate. This can also help to protect against potential shocks.
  • Design Options. Because LEDs are quite small, you'll find them in all different types of bulbs. This includes traditional bulbs, string lights, and more!
  • Environmentally friendly. LEDs have lower energy consumption and a longer lifespan. You can install or upgrade to LEDs and know you are helping to reduce your carbon footprint.

Energy Effiecient LED Lighting for Chicago Properties

LED’s are far more efficient at converting the majority of their consumed energy into light. But they still produce a significant amount of heat. This can damage sensitive electronic components. One of the biggest challenges of high-power LED design is combatting this heat-stress. Effective thermal management systems are a major innovation in this regard. We have achieved proper LED thermal management at affordable price points.

Even as recently as 3-4 years ago, LED wasn’t a viable commercial option for most applications. But the technology continues to advance. Many high-quality, fully tested LED products now exist. These are an excellent choice to replace aging, inefficient technologies.

True, LED lights is still more expensive than existing technologies. But the tremendous energy and maintenance advantages usually far outweigh its higher cost.

For example, consider a 6W LED replacement for a common 35W Halogen PAR36 landscape lighting bulb run for 12 hours per day at .10 cents per KWH. It will pay for itself in energy and maintenance savings in less than 2.5 years. And then it will last approximately 9 more years (50,000 hours rated life). It also offers identical color temperature and lumen (light) output as its Halogen counterpart.

Commercial LED Lighting in Chicago

Chicago business with commercial outdoor LED lights

For commercial applications, similar payback scenarios are common. Savings are often significant when a business qualifies for a state or federal lighting incentive program.

Trust Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Chicago for Your LED Lighting Service Needs

We have the support of a name with decades of outdoor lighting experience. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Chicago has been helping Chicagoans create the outdoor spaces of their dreams! We create ambient lighting in a Chicago restaurant. We design incredible backyards for entertaining at home. We are the premier outdoor lighting company of the Chicago area for a reason!

Are you ready to make the upgrade for your Chicago home with our LED products and services? Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Chicago at (630) 345-4249 today!

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