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Is There Room for OLED?

 

According to a report by IDTechEx, OLED lighting will account for just 1.3 percent of the market size of LED lighting in 2023.

 

The difference between the two lighting technologies is that OLED lighting is a surface emission device. While OLED lighting offers unique design features, it may only find a niche market for certain applications due to it being less efficient and more costly than LED.

 

Right now, OLED lags behind LED in terms of efficiency with 20-50 lumens per watt (lm/W) compared to 90-100 lm/W in LEDs. OLED lights also offer fewer hours than LED.

 

Of course, OLED is still in its developing stages. “The growth of the OLED display industry will aid the OLED lighting sector with cheaper, higher performance devices over time.”

 

Source: CEPro

 

By Gaylen Davenport

Importance of Emergency Lighting

Emergency and exit signs should be an essential component when upgrading your lighting system.

Exit signs and emergency lights are generally not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about energy efficiency. But that doesn’t mean property and building managers shouldn’t consider efficient lighting fixtures.

In fact, emergency lighting  and exit signage are essential for accidents or catastrophic events that require a safe and smooth evacuation from a building. It provides illumination allowing people to see clearly, avoid obstacles and move confidently to the nearest exit in a crisis.

Emergency ballasts allow an existing light fixture to operate in emergency battery mode during a power outage. In the event of a power failure, the emergency battery ballast operates the fixture, powering the lamp for a minimum of 90 minutes from the built-in backup battery.

So when you consider updating your lighting fixtures, don’t forget about emergency lighting as an essential component.

Elevate Your Lighting

Most elevator lights run 24/7, accounting for up to 70% of the energy costs of elevator operations.

Worldwide Energy offers an energy-saving, LED lamp.  As a replacement for a 15W incandescent down-light fixture, the LED not only presents better visibility, comfort, color and aesthetics, but also reduces heat and uses 87% less energy.

These LEDs have a durable design that will withstand the vibrations and motions of the elevator cabin. With a 50,000 hour rated life (compared to 1,500 – 2,500 hours of incandescent bulbs), maintenance is minimal. Other applications for these lamps include; retail displays, task lighting, hospitality and institutional installations.

Features & Benefits include:

  • 12Volt – 2W – No UV
  • Beam angle 30%
  • 30 on-board LED diodes
  • Very low heat output
  • 2-year warranty
  • Color options available including soft white and daylight
  • Designed to retrofit existing incandescent bulb installations

Quick Facts about LED Lights

LED lighting is quickly becoming the must-have lights when it comes to energy efficiency. Here are some quick things to know about LED bulbs:

  • Incandescents are dead. Inefficient lighting such as the T12 are being phased out and are no longer being produced or manufactured in the U.S. There are other substitutes for incandescent, but LEDs will take you straight into the future of lighting.
  • Long live LEDs. On average, LED lightbulbs are rated to last 25,000 hours, and use about 80 percent less energy than incandescent. Plus they are maintenance-free up to five years.
  • They’re not cheap. LED lighting is an investment but rebates and tax credits are available to subsidize the cost of energy efficient retrofit projects.
  • What you’ll like. LED bulbs can cast a bright white light and enhances visibility. They do not emit ultraviolet radiation and produce very little heat.
  • Research your investment. You can learn more about LED lights by visiting a variety of websites. But you can get specific information about your building and how much you can save by finding the right energy efficient partner.
  • Start slowly. Retrofitting a building’s lighting system, including bulbs and ballasts, can become complicated and requires technical expertise. Worldwide Energy provides a turn-key package, so we take care of everything including filing for rebates.

LED Lights in Olympics

The Tower Bridge in London was recently retrofitted with LED lights just in time for the 2012 Summer Olympics.

The World competition may be over, but the carbon footprint of the 2012 London Olympics is a lot less thanks to a major player. LED lighting played a large role in the sustainability and record-setting energy efficiency of the games.

Throughout the games, the lights were used to illuminate stadiums, arenas, and the closing ceremony. For example, more than 70,000 LED modules, each containing 9 LED lights, were used to create patterns, text, and animated effects in the crowd sections, and solar-powered LED lights lit up Olympic Park.

Even more impressively, the iconic Tower Bridge in London was retrofitted with an energy-efficient LED lighting system that will benefit the building long after the games.

These are great examples of how energy efficient LED lighting can be. Not only do the light emitting diodes provide a better and more even illumination, they last longer than the average HID light.

See how LEDs can benefit your business by scheduling a facility review today.

Source: LEDs Magazine

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