What Is a Corn Cob LED?
By now, you’re probably no stranger to some of the benefits of LED lights and why they have become so popular in recent years. Since they are no longer plagued by the high production costs that they once were, the use of LEDs has exploded, and not just in specialty settings. You can find LED fixtures in commercial and industrial settings, but it’s just as common nowadays to find them in homes and small businesses, used just the way a regular incandescent bulb would be.
On top of their prevalence, they offer a number of benefits, which, to condense them, is still impressive. They are enormously energy-efficient, produce very little heat compared to incandescents, have a wide range of color temperatures and brightnesses, and can be used in extreme temperatures without a startup delay. In addition, they are extremely tough (the bulb can’t reasonably break) and they last for thousands of hours longer than the next best alternative. In addition, they don’t have any toxic components like fluorescent lights and some halide lamps have. The list of benefits just keeps growing.
Therefore, while you may have been fully familiar with some of the LED replacements for incandescents or recognized LEDs as those absurdly bright little nodes on electronics, there is a whole world of other types of LEDs out there, including many specialty styles. One of these is a corn cob LED, which, though almost immediately recognizable at sight, might not be from the name.
So that leaves the questions; what is a corn cob LED lamp? Well, to keep things as simple as possible, an LED corn lamp is a style of high output lamp that is generally intended for outdoor use. They were developed to offer high output lighting and therefore are suitable in some areas as replacements for metal halide lamps and other large area lighting. While metal halide lamps are very efficient in their light output, they are relatively expensive, don’t last as long as LEDs, draw significantly more power, and to boot, have toxic inner components that make them a pain to recycle or throw out.
As for why they are called corn lamps, all you have to do is look at one and you will immediately know why. They take the form of cylindrical aluminum structures that have multiple LEDs lining the sides of the array. We stated that LEDs generally produce little heat as a by-product, but they do produce some, so when they are packed closely together it is important that there is a method to help dissipate this heat. These ‘LED light bulbs’ arrange the LEDs in strips that look like corn kernels on aluminum strips, sometimes with air between them, to make it easier for the lamp to stay cool efficiently.
Generally speaking, they are a great alternative to metal halide lamps for large outdoor area lighting. Some sources even cite them as being up to 75% more efficient than some HID lamps like metal halides. For those who are looking for a cost-efficient way to replace the lamps that are chewing up a huge amount of electricity, LED corn lights very well may be the way to go.
So if that’s what you’re looking for, check out some of the options you will find at Atlanta Light Bulbs on their website, AtlantaLightBulbs.com. They offer quite the range of lighting products, whether you need a basic incandescent bulb or the accessories like ballasts and drivers that make LED arrays practical. In addition, you can find make examples of LED corn lights on their website, and their customer service team is there to extend a helping hand to help you answer more in-depth questions on their design and operation. Give them a call at 1-888-988-2852 today.
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