What Are LED Lights, Anyway?

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You’ve probably heard of LED lights. You may have even purchased them at some point. But whether you know it or not, you’ve definitely seen them.

Remember the twinkling Christmas sweatshirts? Yep…LED lights.

Or how about the icicle lights hanging from your neighbor’s eaves?

Even some bulbs and light tubes are made with LED lighting.

So, what the heck is it?

LED stands for light-emitting diodes. To put it simply, they are semiconductors that turn electricity into light with the use of electron movement (Okay, so maybe not so simple).

The LED light was invented in Russia in the 1920s, but the U.S. didn’t start using them until the 1960s. Texas Instruments was the first company to patent and sell LED lights in 1962. They were first used in IBM computers, replacing the tungsten bulbs previously used. Shortly after, they were used in calculators. Today they are used in small displays such as phones and media devices, and in large displays, such as TVs and computer screens.

Technology is evolving quickly for LEDs since they’ve been found to be the most efficient light source available. Today, you can even purchase LED light bulbs for your home.

So that’s the science and history of the LED, but…

Why do we use them at SnapPower?

There are definitely some advantages to using LED lighting, and we chose them for our SnapPower Guidelights for 7 main reasons:


1) LED lights are much more durable than other light sources.

2) LED lights are much more energy-efficient.

LED lights beat CFL lights in efficiency by 300%. But what about incandescent lights? LED beats those in efficiency by 1,000%.  Guidelights cost less than 10¢ a year to run. They also turn themselves on and off with an innovative light-detecting sensor, so they are not continuously consuming electricity. That’s about as efficient as a light can get!

3) LED lights last much longer than other lighting.

We’re talking 50,000 hours! That beats a 60-watt bulb by about 49,000 hours. Guidelights will last at least 25 years before starting to dim.

4) LED lights are non-toxic and mercury-free.

We care about the safety and health of the families who use our products!

5) LED lights don’t attract insects.

Since they don’t emit UV light like other light sources, the creepy crawlies don’t notice them.

6) LED lights don’t get hot.

You’ll never have to worry about your little ones burning their hands on the lights, because LED lights are made to draw heat away from the light source, usually with something called a heat sink. Incandescent and halogen bulbs, on the other hand, radiate heat to the surface.

7) LED lights are resistant to shock.

Did your TV blow out with the last lightning storm? Guidelights won’t!

See why we chose them for our products at SnapPower?


We use LED lights in our Guidelights because we simply feel they are the best lighting solution for our products. At SnapPower, we care about more than making sales. We care about the safety, efficiency, affordability and innovation of our products.

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