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    LED F.A.Q

    What is an LED and what L.E.D stand for?

    L.E.D stands for Light Emitting Diodes. An LED is a semiconductor diode that emits color lights. The color of the light emitted by the LED depends on the substance the semiconductor is made of. Semiconductor materials may include Aluminum gallium arsenide (Red), Gallium nitride (Green), Silicon (Blue) and even Diamonds (Ultraviolet).

    What are some of the advantages of using LEDs?

    There are far too many advantages to using LEDs. The life of an LED can be up to 25 times longer lasting than traditional light bulbs. Compared to incandescent bulbs, LEDs produces more "light" or brightness per watt which means it is more energy efficient. The "bulb", called diode, of the LED also does not turn a yellowish color after extensive use. LEDs also are much sturdier than traditional light bulb, it is actually very hard to damage or break an LED. LEDs also do not contain mercury, a poisonous element found in traditional incandescent light bulbs.

    What makes an LED fail?

    Failure of an LED usually comes from extreme and extensive use of the LED in which the output level and efficiency starts to decrease. Also if the LED is exposed to high temperature it may result in thermal runaway which will cause a 'short' to the LED. Although rare, electrostatic discharge may also cause damage to the LED which is why LEDs are handled in an electrostatic protection bag.

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