Here’s 10 things you might not have know about LEDs:
1.LEDs have a very low power consumption. This means they can use up 90% less energy than an incandescent bulb and up 50% less energy than a fluorescent bulb.
2.LED bulbs are often retro-fit and can replace your current bulbs straight away! Normally, you won’t need to change your fittings or purchase specific holders; LEDs bulbs are available in most fitting (GU10 spotlight, Bayonet, Edison Screw).
3.If the whole of the USA switched to LED lighting today, over the next 20 years electricity demands for lighting would reduce by at least one-third; a massive energy saving! 258 million metric tons of carbon emissions would also be saved. In addition to the savings, the construction of 40 power plants could be stopped which also contribute a huge amount of carbon emissions. All in all, the USA could save over $200 billion with a simple change to LED lighting!
4.LEDs work great for illuminating light sensitive pieces of art work or food items because they produce no UV radiation and very little heat. The effects of prolonged exposure to LEDs bulbs will not damage or affect items in the same way that prolonged exposure to heat emitting light sources such as halogen bulbs would.
5.LED light technology can help combat Jet Lag. Scientists have developed a device which uses earphone-like equipment to shine a bright LED light into photosensitive regions of the brain. When used at specific points in long haul journeys, they can be used to combat the effects of jet lag.
6.An LED light bulb could last as long as 30 years, even with regular use. They can have a life span of between 30,000 and 50,000 hours typically. If you were to use a bulb with an estimated lifespan of 50,000 hours for four hours a day, that’s over an incredible 34 years!
7.LEDs can come in an organic form called OLED. Organic light emitting diodes (OLED) is an ultra thin material, which can be applied to almost any surface. When an electric current is passed through the material it lights up brightly.Audi have recently experimented with using this technology for tail lights on their new concept car!
8.LEDs have been combined with paper to make paper LEDs.
9.LED lighting can come in a variety of colours and can even be colour changing. The basic chip colours available included red, green and blue. These can be combined to give almost any colour option.
10.LEDs have been used in numerous fashion applications from making your mouth light up, to glowing eyelashes.
So now that you know a little bit more about LEDs, why not stun friends and family with your new found LED knowledge!