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What Is LED Lighting?

A Glowing Ancestry
A light-emitting diode (or LED) is, in short, the new lightbulb. For decades, we were satisfied with the incandescent bulb, which created light by passing an electrical current through a thin wire until it glowed red hot. Think of them as the neanderthal to the LED’s Homo sapiens. Compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) brought a little more sophistication to the table. CFL bulbs create light by using electricity to trigger a chemical reaction in gaseous mercury. Compared to their incandescent ancestors, CFLs are more cost- and energy-efficient. However, having a glass bulb filled with hot mercury vapor around the house does raise some concerns.

Finally, the magnum opus of lighting was introduced to the masses. LEDs have risen far above their predecessors through sheer efficiency. 90% of the energy used in incandescent bulbs is heat energy – used to make the wire filament glow. CFL bulbs improved upon this with a 60:40 ratio of heat to light. LEDs, however, use a stunning 80% of their energy as light. The heat to light ratio of LED bulbs widens by the day, as new efficiencies are constantly being discovered.




A Quick Science Lesson
So how do LEDs pull off such jaw-dropping energy efficiency? LEDs contain a semiconductor – typically made up of the elements germanium and silicon. There are two types of semiconductor material. P-type semiconductor material is riddled with tiny holes and holds a positive charge while n-type semiconductor material is full of negatively-charged electrons. The two materials are combined to create a diode. A battery runs a current through the diodes, forcing the electrons to move straight towards the positively-charged holes. When electron meets hole, they combine. However, because the holes have less energy, the electrons are forced to emit energy to successfully combine. The energy emitted in this combination is known as a photon, the basic unit of light energy. And, just like that, we have ourselves a lightbulb!

A Bulb Is Born!
In 1962 the first LED bulb hit the market. We’ll be honest – LEDs had a slow start. It wasn’t until improvements in science and technology increased their brightness and decreased their cost of production did widespread implementation begin. In 1972, blue LEDs were introduced, expanding the bulb’s applications. A short time later, the white LED was born! The introduction of white LED bulbs put this newfangled form of lighting on the map! It wasn’t long before we were LEDs were used to light homes, cars, and electronic devices. Since the beginning, LEDs have been in a constant state of refinement. They were (and are) continuously becoming more efficient and longer-lasting.

Where We Are Now
Today, LED bulbs are lighting up more and more homes every day. They are also used in common household electronics such as televisions, alarm clocks, remotes, and refrigerators. Roadways and parking lots are increasingly making the switch to LED lighting. The bulbs have even been used in the medical and moviemaking industries! It seems like LEDs are quickly popping up wherever CFLs or incandescent bulbs used to be. The global LED lighting market is projected to reach $30.5 billion in 2016 and is on track to reach a staggering $63.1 billion by the year 2020. A compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 45% per year until 2020 has also been predicted.

By now, it’s pretty clear that LED lighting is not a fad, but the future. Lane Tech Sales is here to help make you a part of it.

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What Can LED Lighting Do For You?

Why They’re Cheaper
The cost-efficiency of LED bulbs comes from their longevity and their energy-efficiency. Because they last longer than CFL and incandescent bulbs, LED bulbs do not need to be replaced as often. LEDs are reported to have an average lifespan of 50,000 hours (8,000 for CFLs and 1,200 for incandescents). Their estimated annual operating cost is $32.85, as opposed to the $76.65 and $328.59 racked up by CFLs and incandescents respectively. Because LEDs are brighter, fewer are needed to illuminate a large space, another potential source of savings.

Why They’re Brighter
It takes an estimated 5000 lumens to reasonably light up 250 square feet. It takes an LED bulb about 4-5 watts to produce 450 lumens, whereas CFLs and incandescents require 9-13 and 40 watts respectively.

Why They Last Longer
With an estimated lifespan of about 50,000 hours, LEDs greatly outperform CFLs (8,000) and incandescents (1,200). LEDs are also generally more durable. The bulbs have shown no sensitivity to humidity or low temperatures.

Why They Save Energy
LEDs require less energy because of how they generate light. CFLs require the heating of gaseous mercury to produce light and incandescent bulbs require the heating of a wire filament. They use electricity to produce heat to produce light. With LEDs, a small amount of heat is created as a byproduct of light generation. More heat means more energy which puts LEDs at the top of the pack. LED bulbs require an estimated 329 KWh/yr, with CFLs and incandescents requiring 767 KWh/yr and 3285 KWh/yr respectively.

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Lane Tech Sales offers a number of solutions in LED Lighting, including
Product Architecture & Prototyping
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The Science of Savings

LED Lighting brings four big bonuses to the table:

  • LEDs are CHEAPER