LED Lighting

The Future of Lighting

The world of economical residential lighting continues to offer consumers new choices. As energy costs fly off like a hot air balloon, new innovations come to the marketplace. As far as home lighting is concerned, new strides are being made not only in energy efficiency, but in bulb life.

First (excluding camp fires and lanterns) came the incandescent bulb, thanks to Thomas Edison. In fact, many homes are lit exclusively with incandescent lighting to this very day. But wait! There are better alternatives. Fluorescent lighting brought an incredible improvement to the residential marketplace when introduced. It literally transformed kitchens and bathrooms.

Compact fluorescent bulbs arrived and expanded the possibilities for efficient home lighting. Then low voltage lighting started showing up in exterior applications such as landscaping.

The obvious migration to home interiors was inevitable. Halogen bulbs showed promise but they are problematic for some applications. They generate far too much heat and are very fragile. The time had come for the LED light bulb!

What is an LED Light Bulb?

  • The LED (Light Emitting Diode) light bulb is actually a cluster of individual LED units. Many of these produce white light but others generate light of other wavelengths. The exact combination yields the desired light tone.
  • LED lighting falls into the SSL lighting category (Solid State Lighting). This simply means that the light seen is emitted from a solid object, rather than a vacuum or a gas.

The Specific Benefits of LED Light

  • Energy efficiency – LED light bulbs burn very cool, while incandescent bulbs emit up to 98 per cent of their energy as waste heat.
  • Long life – LED lights can last from 50,000 to 100,000 hours and more. Incandescent light bulbs typically last around 1,000 hours and fluorescents are good for roughly 10,000 hours.
  • Rugged durability – LED lights have no fragile filament to contend with, and no fragile tube. They are resistant to heat, cold, and shock.
  • Lumens per watt – While manufacturers are still finding new ways to increase this ratio, Cree Inc. has been able to produce an LED bulb that generates 131 Lumens/Watt. This is research, though. Today’s available LEDs are the same as compact florescent bulbs, averaging around 65Lumens/Watt. Incandescent bulbs wander sadly in at about 15 Lumens/Watt.

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