Houston is known for its sweltering summers, but we have been blessed with relatively mild winters. Although it doesn’t happen too often, even Houston can get hit with a major freeze, like the one that happened last week. When that low pressure systems comes in, you want to know that your business can handle the cold just as well as it can handle the heat. Over the years, we have gotten a lot of questions concerning the the effects that freezing temperatures have on the performance of several lighting systems, particularly LED lighting. We thought it would be helpful to answer those questions here!
How Do LED Lighting Systems Perform in Freezing Weather?
LED lighting systems are actually the preferred lighting option for cold environments (to around 20 degrees). The work well with both interior and exterior fixtures. Unlike CFLs, LED lights have no problem starting up in temperatures about 20 degrees, making them perfect for Houston business fronts and parking garages.
Also, because LED lights contain no glass components, they are more able to withstand extreme sudden temperature changes. They are durable and perfect for outdoor applications.
Do LED Lights Use More Energy in Freezing Temperatures?
Contrary to popular belief, light bulbs do not require more energy to operate in freezing temperatures; this includes LED lights.
In general, LED lights use less energy than other lighting systems. Most light bulbs lose most of their energy through heat energy: incandescent bulbs give off 90 percent of their energy as heat, while compact fluorescent bulbs waste 80 percent as heat. LED lights on the other hand, remain cool no matter what the temperature and emit light in a specific direction, thereby conserving energy throughout its lifespan. What out though! LED lights that are not Energy-Star certified are not as energy efficient as those who are certified.
If you are looking to install a new lighting system or retrofit your existing system to accommodate LED lighting, please contact the electrical team at Highlights Electric. Not only can we help your business be better equipped for the next freeze, but we can also help save you money by choosing energy efficient systems and helping you apply to rebate programs. Call (713) 266-6464 today!