Light emitting diode is a fast-growing technology that many businesses and consumers are embracing. LEDs provide a long life, enhance visibility, reduce energy use, and provide 50,000 lifetime hours.
But one barrier that the technology still needs to overcome is the price. While it costs more compared to fluorescent or plasma lighting, LEDs still have a draw to them.
Dr. James Brodrick, an LED expert with the U.S. Department of Energy, argues that LED is a superior light, both economically and in terms of its comparative durability. Watch Brodrick explain the advantages of LED below.
It’s no surprise that LED lighting is on the rise globally. Various countries, including the U.S., have banned the use of incandescent light bulbs, which has helped the sale of LED lighting to grow by 17 percent annually since 2011.
This year, the global LED market is expected to reach $15 billion, including replacement and non-replacement light sources. Three major areas for LED lighting growth include industrial applications, buildings, and retail stores.
Read what the chairman for Everlight Electronics had to say about what’s ahead for LED.
A recent survey found that 95 percent of cities that have implemented LED streetlight projects were satisfied with the performance of the lights.
A recent survey found that 95 percent of cities and municipalities in the United States that have implemented LED streetlight projects were satisfied with the overall performance of the streetlights.
Northeast Group, a Washington D.C.-based research firm, surveyed nearly 100 cities and municipalities across the U.S. that have implemented some form of LED streetlight initiatives.
“LED streetlights are transforming cities and municipalities across the U.S.,” said the firm. “LED streetlights [are] helping save money through reducing energy and maintenance costs.”
Surprisingly, most of the cities surveyed had only converted a small percentage of their streetlights to LED. In addition, LED streetlights also turn on and off nearly instantly and have dimming capabilities. The controlled features on the streetlights help further reduce energy consumption.
The annual conference covers a range of topics about LED technology.
Read about the latest LED news from the LED Light Show. The annual conference, held in Las Vegas, covered a range of topics including solid state lighting design issues, LED component topics, and advice for lighting designs.
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.
Light emitting diodes (LEDs) provide a longer life, and can reduce energy up to 70 percent compared to HID lights.
The benefits of LED just keep on giving. Sandia researchers recently published an article that showed how LED lighting increases productivity.
In the journal Energy Policy researchers at the Breakthrough Institute in Oakland Calif., showed that increased light availability leads to increased productivity.
LED lights are a definite improvement from outdated lighting fixtures, including the T12. Because of their unique design, light emitting diodes provides a longer life, and can reduce energy up to 70% compared to HID lights.
More importantly, LEDs enhances visibility, and provides better lighting that is often attributed to increased productivity. Ideal for any working environment, LEDs are also maintenance-free up to five years, and provides 50,000 lifetime hours. See what Worldwide Energy has to offer in LED lighting.
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