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Light Emitting Diodes

Many people are probably familiar with the term LED. It usually reminds us of displays seen on alarm clocks or inside of car dashboards. But do you know what the term LED really means? LED is short for light emitting diode. Light emitting diodes are small semiconductors that emit a bright light when they come in contact with electricity. You may wonder why certain LED lights are different colors than others such as red, blue, or green. The cause for the different colors is the result of different chemical make ups of the material used for the lights. Believe it or not, most light emitting diodes are made up of minerals such as zinc, aluminum, or silicon. Depending upon the type of material, the lights may burn bright colors of green, red, or other colors. There are many benefits to choosing items lit with this method versus traditional light bulbs. In fact, more and more products today are being lit with the use of these light emitting diodes.

Christmas lights are a prime example of LED’s popularity. Of course, anything with a gauge type display today is usually used with LED lights. There are many traits to these light emitting diodes which make them more appealing than a regular light such as the fact that they can last for many years, while light bulbs only tend to last a few months or so. In fact, most LED lights can last for almost ten years! Another plus is that because of their size and structure, they are less likely to break and shatter as compared to their counterparts. You may be surprised as to where these light emitting diodes are found. Some surprising places include the moving billboards in Times Square, many new outdoor floodlights, and traffic signals. Just look around and you’ll discover just how useful the LED light really is.

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