Shedding the Light on LED Bulbs
One of the most remarkable things to happen to environmentally friendly technology has been new advancements in LED (light emitting diode) bulbs. Over the past decade there have been several notable attempts to alter lighting technology so as to make this important aspect to modern civilianization more energy efficient. This attribute alone on any product development project is critical and vastly beneficial due to the ramifications it can have across the globe. In addition to this, there are also the long term considerations to take into account.
One of the first steps came with changes to basic standard household lighting with the compact fluorescent bulb. This gave consumers a replacement bulb that was far superior in its efficiency and longevity; however there was still something coming on the horizon that could change everything. It was the LED bulb.
Although they were first introduced in the early 1960s, and even then they were often only seen in display panels, the LED soon became popular and has spread to nearly every style of lighting available. Now that the cost to manufacture these remarkable bulbs has reduced, they are now beginning to be seen more often in everyday homes, in vehicles, and in unusual or unique places that were never before possible.
These extremely energy efficient LED bulbs have remarkable potential considering that the standard incandescent bulb, which still rules the market, is vastly inferior. One thing to consider is that the traditional bulb generally maintains a lifespan of approximately 750 hours. In comparison LED bulbs can last as long as 100,000 hours. As more people begin to switch to a longer lasting lighting product there will be a far less impact over all for the world we live in.
Another positive is the energy usage. A standard 40 watt bulb, which produces a level of lighting sufficient to read in, would take LED bulbs that would only require 1.5 watts in comparison. Because of the tremendous reduction in power necessary to operate the lights then this too would have an impact on the planet.
Already are many households and businesses taking advantage of these amazing lights, but also larger entities are seeing the advantages. Recently, the Tulsa Airport Authority made the switch from incandescent taxiway edge lighting to a lighting system that will have major long term ramifications on their operations. It is estimated that the TTA will save an annual 250,000 kilowatt hours, or approximately $25,000 each year. This is a huge win for not only financial savings, but also the reduction of power consumption that can add to the reasons why switching to LED bulbs is critical.
In addition to their benefits, LEDs are not made with a filament, so they are extremely durable. LEDs do not build up heat, and are resistant to vibration, and as a result you are able to use these lights in ways that have never been possible before, at least long term.
It doesn’t mater if you are trying to replace the general lighting that you already have, or if you are looking to add something exotic to your sports car, LED lights have found a place in the evolution of technology and they are making their way more and more into the mainstream.
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