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Frequently Asked Questions

At Sustainable Solutions LED, we know that a lot of business people are trying to educate themselves about LED technology. Here are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) when considering a transition to a energy-efficiency LED lighting solution.

What does LED stand for?

Light Emitting Diode. Invented in 1927, the first practical versions were offered in 1962, and only available in red. Because of their low power and small size, they made good indicator lights. (And still do!) As they developed to become brighter and support additional colors, they were soon used in number displays and digital clocks. Today, they are bright enough to be used for lighting.

Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL)

The CFL is a fluorescent lamp designed to replace an incandescent lamp. CFLs give the same amount of visible light, use less power, and have a longer rated life. Drawbacks: Contain mercury and emit harmful UV radiation. While better in energy use than incandescent bulbs, they still require 50-65% more wattage than comparable LED lighting.


A gas-discharge light that uses electricity to excite mercury vapor, producing visible, and ultraviolet light. These lights were offered as an energy-saving alternative to incandescent lights, and do save energy in that comparison. Drawbacks: Includes toxic mercury, that can be released accidentally or end up in landfills, gives off damaging ultraviolet light, and uses 35-120% more wattage than comparable LED lighting.

How do LEDs work?

Unlike incandescent, fluorescent, or CFLs which use inefficient gases or vapors, LED lighting uses a process called electro-luminescence. That’s a fancy way of saying it operates by a semiconductor technology that converts electrical energy directly into light.

How flexible is the LED Strip Light?

The LED Strip Light is slightly flexible in an arcing linear matter but is not meant to be bent, twisted, or wrapped around any angles. Bending, twisting, wrapping, or any other abuse of this product will damage the circuitry on the product.

Can I find specialty LEDs for different light fixtures?

LEDs are starting to come in more specialty sizes and shapes, including candles. LEDs are readily available for recessed down-lighting, desk lamps, kitchen under-cabinet lighting, holiday light strands and outdoor lights.

Do LEDs work outdoors?

Definitely. Look for LEDs labeled for “outdoor” use. LEDs are not sensitive to cold temperatures and are able to withstand snow and rain. They also have proven durable and unlikely to shatter.

Do LEDs have a longer life than incandescent bulbs?

Yes. Incandescent bulbs generally last 500-2,000 hours, whereas LEDs may last for 20,000-50,000 hours or around 20-40 years. This means LEDs may last 25 times longer than incandescent.

Depending on running times, it’s possible to install an LED when a child is born and not have to replace the bulb again until he or she enters college!

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