Active Cooling vs. Passive Cooling

LED Light is efficient. Far more efficient than the HID, fluorescent or the incandescent bulbs they replace. However, not all the energy LEDs consume is converted to light. Some of the energy is used to create heat, and while LED is far more efficient than other light sources, the heat it produces must be removed. York Electrical Services is your knowledgeable, local electrician in Fort Collins, and whatever your needs may be, we are here to help.

Why do you need cooling?

Removing the heat from the LEDs extends the life of the product. Think of an LED light installed inside a cooler or freezer area. The ambient air is cold which keeps LEDs performing well for years.

Removing Heat: Active Cooling

Active cooling typically means there is a fan of some sort. This type of cooling has been used for decades on electronics: computers, laptops, TV’s and amplifiers. Fans produce a steady stream of air that transfers the heat away.

Removing Heat: Passive Cooling

So, why not use a fan all the time? In short, you don’t need to. Lighting designers can integrate the heat-sink as the fixture housing itself, combining both form and function. For example, LED UFO High Bays have the heat sink as a part of the fixture. It is significantly large enough to absorb the heat produced by the LEDs and radiate the heat away from the fixture.

Which one is better?

 Neither. They are both good. Both are the perfect solution for what they were designed to solve! If you need more information, we are here to help. York Electrical Services offers free estimates. Call us today and find out why we are the electrician of choice.


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