Why LED?

LED light bulbs will one day become the dominant source of lighting on the planet, if not the exclusive source. They solve a multitude of economic and environmental problems that have plagued and continue to plague users of other types of lamps. The reason for this lies in the manner in which an LED bulb generates light. Unlike incandescents and fluorescent bulbs, an LED light does not utilize a filament or any type of luminary gas. Instead,LED lighting bulb technology is based on something completely different, a semi conductive component known as a diode.

By passing a low voltage current through a diode, one can agitate electrons within its composite substances, causing light to radiate into the surroundings. This light is cool burning and will not cause heat pollution in work and living areas. Because these bulbs do not rely on inert gases of any kind, they pose no threat to the environment, and the substances of which they are composed are virtually unbreakable compared to standard lamps.

Improvements in energy efficiency continue to be the hallmark of LED technology. There are LED bulbs now on the market that consume 90 percent less electricity than conventional incandescent or xenon lights, and produce as much or more light. Today, an LED bulb which operates at 0.6 watts gives as much light as a 7 watt xenon bulb and has the same color tone of light.

LED light bulbs offer every color in the rainbow now to both home and commercial users. The color of an LED directly results from the chemical composition of the diode itself. The most recent breakthrough came a few short years ago, when Chinese scientists learned to mix blue and yellow in the precise combination necessary to create a white LED. Previous to this advancement, LED light bulbs always represented a primary color, and as such were very useful for display, indicator, and instrument lighting, but not yet ready to replace incandescents whose warm golden light established them long ago as the world’s primary source of artificial lighting.

When white LED bulbs entered the lighting market, an explosion in size, design, modification, and engineering followed as lighting companies saw the immediate benefit of creating alternatives to previous technologies and seizing the opportunity of the moment to pass on both green technology and cost conscious savings to corporate and individual clients. Not long after these developments occurred, California passed a law that now requires all incandescent lights be replaced no later than 2010, making retrofitting a legal matter at this point for West Coast residents as well as a cost and earth conscious decision.

This last point is especially pivotal in the incorporation of LED light bulbs into linear strip lighting design. Linear strip lights utilize a bulb type known as festoon, and many high-end resorts, casinos, and country clubs in California use festoon bulbs for both seasonal and year round decorations. With a ban on incandescents now pending, corporations and individuals alike in California will now have to look for retrofitting alternatives if they are currently using any type of incandescent festoon light source. This is not as big a problem as it may sound, nor is it expensive when one considers ROI beyond up front procurement costs. Strip lighting manufacturers have already foreseen not only the needs of California, but the certainty as well that other states will eventually follow the same path.

This takes the evolution of strip lights to the next level of revolution, as companies who retrofit any festoon lamps with LED light bulbs may very well earn LEEDS certification as a reward for their forward thinking and proactive move.

In an era where the hype over global warming is approaching the level of worldwide alarm, now more than ever is a time to consider going green, not in terms of the color of an LED light bulb, but in terms of its innate energy saving quality and value. It never hurts the public image of a company to promote itself as a leader in newer, more efficient forms of lighting. Furthermore, LED lights feature a bulb life that ranges from 30,000 bulb hours to over 100,000 bulb hours. Replacements are very rare, and therefore, seldom a cost factor to consider when forecasting budget. Immediate return on the front-end investment one makes in begins to accrue monthly on every subsequent power bill post retrofitting date. This is truly a winning scenario for anyone.