LED bulbs differ from traditional incandescent bulbs in the way they produce light. While old-fashioned incandescent light bulbs passed electricity through a thin wire filament, LEDs produce light through the use of a semi-conductor that emits light energy when an electrical current is passed through it.
LEDs are designed to save you money and that they do, with the average cost of LED light bulbs now around only 10-15% of the cost you would have paid back in 2010 they also save you around 90% on your energy bill.
So when you find yourself asking again Why Buy LED? just think about those points.
In the early 2000s, In a bid to improve the appearance of the City, Glasgow decided to change over to Blue street lighting which unexpectedly saw a disproportionate decrease in crime yet it couldnt be proved weather the blue lighting was the reason or just a coincidence. Half way around the world In Nara, Japan they to decided to experiment by changing to Blue street lighting and maybe unsurprisingly they saw a drop in crime rate in the city. 150 Blue lights to an express way near Tokyo was one of many other experiments to be undertaken in the years to follow.
The Keihin Electric Express Railway Co. even changed the color of eight lights on the ends of platforms at Gumyoji Station in Yokohama, Japan, to to deter people from comitting suicide by jumping on the tracks. Amazingly the station went from having multiple suicides to None in the years following the change in lights.
There are a number of theories about why the blue light could be causing a decrease in criminal behavior.
Some argue that Blue is a colour associated with Police presence however in Japan Red is the favored colour for the law enforcers.
Another theory suggests that Blue is a calm color unlike maybe the urgency of Orange or Red. Indeed, studies have shown that blue lights (associated with calm waters and open skies) can reduce stress responses in fish and be used to treat SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) in humans. Of course, it is also possible that the new colored lights are simply different and unfamiliar enough to cause people to feel awkward engaging in illicit or dangerous behavior where they are present. And if that is the case, changing all the public lights in the world to blue might be at best temporary fix, working until people get used to the new blue lighting. Experts have warned not to read too much into the effect, regardless, since the causal mechanism or connection has not yet been definitively determined.
As we all know, LED is making it’s way into all walks of traditional lighting. Even where you would think it cannot compete with the more traditional light sources for specialist purposes. The emission if UV-C light for use in water and air disinfection would certainly be one of them but a comapny called LG Innotek is now leading the way in this new LED technology.
LG Innotek, UV LED partner of LASER COMPONENTS, announces the first 70mW UV-C LED in the world. At 278nm, it features the highest power ever achieved from a single chip.Its improved light emission capabilities derive from a newly developed semi-conductor technology. Thanks to its robust 6x6mm SMD casing, it can be used in almost any environment. Other parameters such as wavelength (278nm), If, and Vf remain unchanged from earlier versions. The same accounts for life cycle, stability, and reliability.
UV-C light is popular for disinfecting air, water, and surfaces. This wavelength can also be used for curing. Thanks to its high power, the 70mW UV-C diode offers significant improvements of curing rate and time.
Leading vendor Zumtobel Group announces that it is the new stadium “lighting partner” for a major sports team like London football club Tottenham Hotspur, one might reasonably assume that Zumtobel will illuminate the field at the 61,559 seater stadium, which is scheduled to open next year.
However with all the new roles that LED lighting can play at a modern sportsplex, it seems that there is plenty of latitude to be a partner without providing the the major parts for a stadium i.e the pitch lights. But this does not mean they have a small part to play, as they will be lighting all the internal areas of this new state of the art stadium.
If your socket says not to exceed 60-Watts, it is referring the dangers of high heat output associated with incandescent bulbs. However, LED’s do not emit dangerous levels of heat. Thus, if your fixture says “not to exceed 60-Watts” but you want to use a 100-Watt equivalent LED bulb, this would be safe to do so.
As the summer continues to disappoint us with grey skies and showers we are increasing the light use in our homes, June was lovely hot weather but since then the lights have been on for longer and earlier.
Start preparing for the colder nights and save on your electricity bill by buying LED its the way forward.
It is a fair and common question, Why should I change to LED lighting? The answers can carry on forever. Despite the price of LED’s crashing in the past 12 months or so it can still work out a bit costly if you are replacing all the lighting in your home or at your office depending of course on the size of the property, If you dim any of your lights and of course how many incandescent bulbs you have to replace. The benefits of LED is amazing in my opinion, Buying LED will reduce the running cost by up to 90% thats 10 years for the price of 1, as well as this you can always find a suitable LED with a healthy warranty so if it fails for any reason in the first couple of years you can get a brand new one free of charge…. Brilliant! The benefits for LED is never ending.
Many people may argue that lighting in the summer isn’t needed? Well of course when the sun is beaming down on us as it has been in recent weeks there is no need to have the lights on however how about you use the sun to your advantage, By buying some Solar LED outdoor lighting you can charge the LED’s it uses to give yourself between 6-10 hours of light throughout the night.
There was a time where the general opinion would be that Solar LED outdoor lighting was cheap weak and not likely to last the day never mind the summer.
Speaking to my sister company Enviro-Lights they as well as we do here at International LED’s believe that the current range of Solar LED outdoor lighting is truly phenomenal, they are robust and offer a lovely subtly ambiance to your garden and above all cost nothing to run.
There is now better way to light up your garden this year than buy shopping for the MiniSun Pro2 Daylight floodlights.
With a high lumen output and a crisp day white light you can stay in the garden all night long.
The more than two million visitors who travel to Mount Rushmore National Memorial each year will now enjoy an enhanced night time viewing experience, thanks to an innovative new lighting system with an LED light source that was recently installed at the memorial.
The new system accomplished this though several key features that improve efficiency and light control, including:
-Advanced optic controls that highlight the aesthetics of the monument, while ensuring light is not spilled into the night sky and natural wildlife area
-A custom control system that allows park rangers to precisely highlight each of the four presidents depicted in the mountainside carving, creating an even more inspiring presentation
-Reducing energy consumption by 90% when compared to the previous lights
Visitors will experience new opportunities to enjoy the night sky; focused lighting will enhance habitat for nocturnal wildlife; and enrich potential for new interpretive programming. The good lighting practices that have been initiated will result in energy efficiency, elimination of lighting spillover, enhanced visitor experience, and protection of cultural resources.
With the new lights in place, Mount Rushmore National Memorial has now joined other famed landmarks that also feature customized lighting systems, including the Washington Monument, the Statue of Liberty, the White House, and the East Span of the San Francisco Bay Bridge.
Excerpt from KDLT