Know Your LED: Which Light Is Right For You?

You see them all around you. In malls, in homes, and even in parking spaces. You hear about them, too. There is so much talk on how great a discovery it is.

What are we talking about? LED lights.

In the Spotlight

Lighting fixtures using light-emitting diodes (LED) have been around for roughly 50 years. Now, more than ever, they continue to outshine more traditional sources of artificial light. True, there was an initial hesitation from the market. What could this light be? How will it impact society? Where can we use it?

Over the years, however, LEDs have shown their brilliance. Not only do they last longer than their CFL or incandescent counterparts, LED lights are also more cost-effective and friendly to the environment.

Over the years, their use has also expanded. From laser beams, flashlights, and decorative lighting, they have gone on to become the preferred lighting options for cars, workplaces, commercial and industrial spaces, and even in the scientific field.

Here are some of the most favored kinds of LED lights and how you can use them:

1. LED Panel Lights

Designed to replace conventional lighting fixtures, LED panel lights are slowly gaining ground. This type of LED lighting is commonly used in commercial spaces as well as indoor areas like offices, conference rooms, and shopping centers.

Though relatively a newcomer, it has taken the market by storm because of its versatility and other advantages. These lamps can be recessed, surface-mounted, or suspended. It also comes in different shapes, sizes, and colors. From soft lighting to bright white, you can also choose your preferred brightness to suit your mood.

Since they are made of lightweight aluminum frames, dissipation of heat and light leakage are prevented. The light from these panels is also uniformly distributed and gives off more balanced illumination and low glare.

2. LED Strip Lights

Another LED lighting type that is getting more and more likes are LED flexible strips. These are stellar additions to an already growing line of LED lighting systems because of their flexibility.

Its flexibility allows you to put it almost anywhere. From corners to kitchens, under cabinets or overhead beams, and even in bathrooms and spas, these LED strips can provide subtle illumination. It has effective heat dissipation so it’s cool to the touch even after hours of continuous use.

LED strips can also be cut according to how much you need to use. This makes them extremely easy to use anywhere. With their consistent color, wide selection of monochrome and multicolor adjustable strips, and waterproof capability, LED strip lights can be the solution to tricky lighting situations.

3. LED Tri-Proof Lamps

Special places also need special types of lighting. These places can be parking lots, underground garages, hospitals, warehouses, factories, supermarkets, ice storage, or shopping malls. With the tri-proof capabilities of these LED lamps – dustproof, shockproof, and waterproof – making them one of the best lighting systems you can use.

These waterproof LED lights are also built to last. They are designed to withstand harsh weather conditions. At the same time, they can be easily installed on a surface, wall-mounted, or suspended from the ceiling.

These kinds of lamps are favored by a lot of commercial and industrial spaces because they give the best and brightest illumination. They also have better energy efficiency that translates into energy savings.

Be Enlightened

Don’t be left behind when it comes to lighting. Whether you need it at home or in commercial or public places, do consider switching to LED lights. These lights carry advantageous features that will make you a winner in every book.

Since they use about 50% less electricity than traditional sources of light, they also save you from skyrocketing power costs. Their life span of about 30,000 to 50,000 hours (compared to the 1,000 hours of conventional lamps) also translates to reduced labor costs and maintenance since you won’t need to replace them for a very long time.

Aside from these energy and lifespan benefits, they are also durable, versatile, and have a definite character. With their flexibility, you can certainly use these kinds of lighting fixtures to brighten up any space.


Ajay Awtaney is co-founder of Nakashi General Trading LLC, an electrical lighting company in Dubai catering to the needs of clients and projects requiring quality lighting products and solutions. Nakashi General Trading LLC today is an approved vendor of reputable organisations (Jumeirah, Engineering Office, Meraas, Musanadah and Thumbay, to name a few) for supplying lighting products.