Did you know that electrical fires are the second leading cause of US home fires from 2012-2016?
All that electric juice pulsing around your home is why we’re so much more comfortable than our ancestors.
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Still, it’s also the cause of almost 51,000 home fires every year in the US.
Let me put it into perspective for you.
The average US household consists of 2.5 people per house. Taking this into account, the fire causes 128,000 people every year to lose their homes. This is a massive number.
Surprisingly, 15% of these fires were started by ‘lamps, light fixtures, and light.’ I’ve always looked at light bulbs as self-contained. If something is wrong, they make a popping sound, and the room goes pitch black.
So if you’re concerned about the safety of your home or just plain curious like me, let’s explore this topic further.
Incandescent bulbs get hot enough to start contact fire if they are nearby flammable objects, while LED bulbs never reach that temperature. However, improper wiring and overloaded LED light fixtures are often the cause of fires.
By the end of this article, you will learn:
Can led lights catch on fire?Do LED fixtures generate heat that can cause contact fires?How to safely work with strip and string led lights
Do LED Lights Get Hot Enough To Start A Fire?
A similar approach should also be taken when dealing with strip lights.
The more LEDs there are on the strip, the higher the heat generated. So, to be on the safer side, you would ideally use the aluminum heat sink that can efficiently dissipate the heat away.
This being said, another thing that you should be aware of is air circulation. The strip light will get hotter in tight spaces without enough room for air to take the excessive heat away.
Similarly to string lights ensure that power supply unit is not overloaded. It is always best to have wattage at least 20% then total strip consumption if you decide to connect multiple strips together.
Also, make sure that there are no other safety hazards nearby, like heaters.
You’ve learned how to save your home from electrical fires caused by lightning.
I think this is quite a lot of learning for now but feel free to explore other articles here if you think otherwise.
LED bulbs are safe, provided they are correctly installed. Overheating is a common issue with strip lights, so be sure to take extra precautions. LED bulbs can be left switched on indefinitely but inadvisable.
LED strip lights are hot in the market right now.
Do you have one in your home?Were they installed professionally or by yourself?
I’d love to hear your input on them.
And for those looking to have lights on for long periods, I’m curious to know what for. Is it a security measure? Are you leaving on holiday?