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Outside Our Bubble: Did you know LED lights get dimmer?

WASHINGTON — You likely know LED lights are great power savers and most LED lights “say” they will last LONGER than standard filament lights. However sadly, this is not true and the reason is because of heat. Heat buildup is the killer of LED lights and in particular the chips that power them.

Yes, LED lights run cooler than standard halogen lights or filament lights. The reason standard lights are much, much hotter is because what make the actual light is a super heated wire. (AKAM filament.) LED lights are not and thus run cooler. However, they do produce heat and unless that heat is managed, the chips overheat. When they do, something has to give and it’s usually the brightness or some just burn out.

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About Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith is a Wisconsin native currently living in Illinois with her husband, Eric, and two dogs, Maggie and Grace. She enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking and, of course, camping in cabins and park models.

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