Do LEDs Produce Heat?
Our expert says yes, but in a different way than incandescent lamps.
Is it true that LEDs don’t make heat?

LEDs do produce heat. That is why there is so much metal in the lamps and fixtures to act as heat sinks.

The main difference is that they do not project heat in the same way as incandescent lamps. Especially with high-power LEDs, it is essential to remove this heat through efficient thermal management. 


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Randall Whitehead, IALD

Randall Whitehead, IALD, is a professional lighting designer and author. His books include "Residential Lighting, A Practical Guide." Whitehead has worked on projects worldwide, appeared on the Discovery Channel, HGTV and CNN, and he is regular guest on Martha Stewart Living Radio. Visit his website for more information on books, upcoming seminars and the latest lighting trends.

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