Taking A Closer Look At LED

Long gone are the days where the only place LEDs were useful was the backlighting of a $10 wristwatch. LED technology has come a long way in the past 5 years from being an extremely niche technology to becoming a well-established force in the mainstream lighting market. You may think you know all about LED Lights, as those little clear plastic domes that put off little light but are energy efficient. That may have been true 5 years ago, let’s get you up to speed. Here is a quick overview about how the world’s most advanced lighting has changed in the past half-decade and links to exactly what we are talking about.

Flexible LED Light Strips
 Perhaps the most versatile LED advancement is high quality Flexible LED Strips. Today people use these for literally anything from a teen who wants to put accent lighting on his car, to a mom who wants under cabinet LED lighting for her Kitchen. LED light strips are simply high powered LEDs placed on an extremely thin circuit board and for waterproofing can be coated in silicone. They usually have an adhesive backing for easy installation. These strips come in varying intensities but can be as bright per foot as a 60W light bulb!

 

Direct Replacement LED Bulbs
 This advancement is responsible for the rapid adoption of LED technology. Available in a wide assortment of products including direct replacement LED light bulbs for homes and even LED lights for cars. These bulbs are designed to literally fit right into existing sockets designed for older obsolete lighting and work without any modification.

High Power SMD LEDs
 This technology is the engine behind many of today’s modern LED lighting products. First produced in early 2001, these LEDs are produced by growing gallium nitride on silicon. These LEDs are flat, brighter, and are more durable than their predecessors.

  • http://www.solidstate3d.com/ Ghettovr

    I absolutely love High-Power LEDs. I’ve been experimenting with them for indoor growing and basic lighting applications. The information about LED lighting for indoor growing is spotty and inconsistent at best, but give it 5 years and let a lot of the mis-information and hoopla die down and these will go from being niche to being standard. Combine that with Haitz’s Law(
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haitz's_law) and LED are a force to be reckoned with!

    I am already having fun with the High-Power LED’s myself,… can’t wait for what right around the corner for the amazing little diodes! ;)

  • sarah_1980

     I recently switched all my track lighting over to LED bulbs. I had a hard time finding a good price for GU10 LED bulbs but I still think the long term energy and money savings will offset my initial spend.

  • RJBuss

    Due to the inherent directional design of a LED it is inefficient for covering large areas, but is the safest for smaller directional applications. I would like to find some for my reading lamps in my 12 volt RV.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TFABB6NXHV2A3FIL6LGV36GQTY Vince

      Philips has largely overcome the directional limitations with their A19 bulbs at least. 

  • 婷 阳

    Can LEDs
    lower suicide rates?

    Dear,do
    you believe? LED lighting can lower
    suicide rates! Right!

    That’s a incredible and crazy news
    about LED Lighting, but it’s true. Let’s go to find out it.

    Recently,
    South Korea is trying to battle its rising suicide problem with LED lighting.

    As we all know, the country has one of the highest suicide rates in the world.
    Because
    of a hyper-competitive market and uncertainty future .Especially nowadays, the
    problem has only been getting worse. The World Health Organization reports the
    number of suicides has doubled within the last 10 years. So we must take action
    to prevent this kind of behavior.

    The Mapo Bridge is the largest city in the
    country, also is the particularly tragic place, with piles of people jumping to
    their death each year. To tackle the issue, Cheil Worldwide a Korean marketing company,
    has created the “Bridge of Life”. A sensor and with on led Lighting system which
    sends out messages of hope. When the sensors detect a person drawing near, the
    Sensors within led lighting fixtures begin
    to flash comforting messages and images of families to prevention groups .such as:
    “How have you been?,” “What is troubling you?” ‘The best is yet to come’ and
    “Just go and see the person you miss.”.and so on.

    According
    to recent surveys, since the exhibit’s installation, suicide rates on the
    bridge have dropped nearly 77 percent. That’s a great news. Of course, over the course of one year and
    six months, 2,200 sensors and LEDs were embedded within the bridge
    railings. And it has been transformed into
    the “Bridge of Life” .In addition the Mapo bridge, which was paid for by
    Samsung Life Insurance, won a Clio advertising award. Nearby Hangang Bridge is
    now being developed along the same lines.

    Just as the messages need to shine a light on these people, the lighting
    needs to reinforce and strengthen that message. The fact that LED lighting is
    used in this exhibit is monumental. Traditionally, in our opinion, the major
    selling point of LED lighting is that it can save you money. As a consumer,
    that’s probably the feature that grabs your attention the most ,but today you
    will find led lights fixture also
    can lower suicide rates , produces more milk and can take you back in time….
    LEDs do more than take a load off your economic woes-they

    can take a load off your heart.

    Believe me! LED, will be your one of the wisest
    choice.