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Will you please explain how LED lights work?
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LED stands for "light-emitting diode." A diode consists of two "special" materials that are "put" together. For a regular (non-light emitting diode), when a voltage is applied with one polarity, current flows. In the other polarity, current does not flow. For an LED, when you apply the right voltage polarity (also called a bias) such that current flows, some of the electrons that flow in the current "move" to a lower "energy state." When an electron moves to a lower energy state in an LED, it emits a photon, or light. The amount of energy level change (also called the bandgap energy) determines the color (frequency) of the light.
I hope this helps.
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