Light-emitting diodes (LED) are semiconductor bulbs that convert electricity into light. This type of lighting has become more popular over time as a result of multiple factors. The first of these is the concentrated directional output available with LED light as opposed to the lack of directional output from incandescent and fluorescent bulbs. The lack of heat that is produced with LED lighting as compared to other types of bulbs also makes them popular, as does the lengthy life of the LED bulb. Low energy consumption and the fully dimmable capabilities of the LED bulbs are other popular features.
Dimmable LED lights are often a better alternative than fluorescent lights, because they produce a large amount of light and are usually less expensive than a dimmable fluorescent light. Dimmable LED lights can range in size from dimmable LED Christmas light bulbs to dimmable recessed lights. As popularity of these LED lights grows, the number of available shapes grows along with the demand. LED lighting can be for indoor or outdoor fixtures and, in most cases, requires no more tools to install than other types of light fixtures. All home improvement and lighting stores carry LED lights with dimmable features, as do both large and small retailers.
The spectrum of dimmable LED lights is growing, and they can be found in a multitude of spaces, including gardens, hallways, garages and even under-the-counter lighting. LED lights, in general, are very heat sensitive, though, so this can be a factor depending on where the light fixture needs to be placed. It is important to get outdoor-specific LED bulbs for any lighting that will be placed outdoors or in an unheated garage.
Another great attribute is that dimmable LED lights do not burn out like other types of light bulbs do; their light gradually decreases as time goes by, eventually losing their useful life. This is beneficial for those main lights or hard-to-reach areas, because it gives the consumer time to prepare for the bulb change. Dimmable LED bulbs also have an advantage in that they never flicker, and they maintain the same color spectrum output as they are dimmed; LED lights do not turn yellow the way incandescent bulbs do. These types of lights are also more damage-resistant than others and can even be found in waterproof options, making them a great choice for a wide range of areas where dimmable lights are needed.