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2 years ago

Residential LED Lighting In Pittsburgh: A Star Is Born

It is hard to imagine an urban city of the future that does not employ LED lighting. Larger cities have not moved as quickly to utilize the technology; it is the smaller, developing cities like Detroit, Oakland and Pittsburgh that are leading the way. Last week, Detroit, MI hosted Energy Secretary Moniz who was in town to encourage the use of LED lighting infrastructure. This type of lighting is a perfect fit for a city like Detroit, which is looking for a long-term solution to its infrastructure woes. Cities like Detroit are short on cash, and some might be hesitant to invest in the high initial cost of LEDs; but savings over the long run make it a smarter fiscal decision.

Even the federal government appears to be charmed by the advantages of HID LED Lights. The White House is introducing a program by which 5 US cities will get financial assistance to invest in upgrading their existing lighting infrastructure. Earlier this year, the Administration walked the walk by putting LEDs in the 78 year-old lamps that line the National Mall in Washington, DC. Officials pointed out that this new technological shift would save the National Park Service 65 percent on electric bills and maintenance costs.

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LEDs' fiscal advantages are making them an increasingly popular choice among local, regional and even international governments. On the other side of the Atlantic, LEDs are taking hold in places like London. One English school, the Business Academy Bexley, sought out funding for LED infrastructure after learning that energy savings would be nearly 70% overall. To put this in concrete numbers, the school will save over 20,000 Euro a year just by making the switch. If you're supportive of LEDs, I would definitely recommend a professional business such as Laface and Mcgovern Associates. Click here for more about this company

The London school deepened its savings via the inclusion of adaptive wireless controllers in addition to the LEDs themselves. These controllers raise or lower indoor LEDs relative to the amount of natural light entering the room. Developments in cities such as Pittsburgh, Oakland and Detroit could see even greater savings by pairing adaptive controllers with design that encourages natural light. Technology and design working together will provide the greatest savings for cities that might not have a lot of wiggle room in their budgets.

LED lighting solutions are particularly well-adapted to urban lighting situations. Oakland, CA has recently announced a plan to upgrade 30,000 street lights with GE scalable LED light fixtures. These scalable light fixtures will cut down on discrepancies in inventory, installation, and maintenance. The ability of these fixtures to be scaled from 3,000lm to 20,000lm makes them interchangeable and useful across a range of urban settings.

Though outright bans of incandescent light bulbs might sound like something that would generate controversy, there has been surprisingly little. It might be true that so far only progressive-leaning city governments have adopted LED technology, but I doubt it will stay that way for long. The economic incentives for cities considering LED infrastructure are great enough that politics can't really have much effect. So join me on the path to the future. The streets of the future are illuminated by LEDs.

2 years ago

The Hows And Whens Of LED Light Fixtures

You could change the color of your house with a click. Or how about being able to wear your Facebook page on your back or on your car? LEDs are a very good candidate for making these ideas become reality.

H. J. Round is considered to be the pioneer of the light-emitting diode, (LED) based on his experiment charging electrons to release photons, a phenomenon called electroluminescence. Marconi Labs was able to demonstrate that semiconductors such as gallium would display different colors when charged at various voltages. The first functional LED was created by Oleg Losev, a Russian inventor, in 1927, although it would take several more decades to develop a broad commercial use. On August 8, 1962 the commercialization of LEDs began when two inventors at Texas Instruments filed for patent US3293513 was filed for the first modern LED or infrared light-emitting diode. Texas Instruments then introduced the SNX-100, a commercial LED that, over the next two decades, would come to be used in televisions, household appliances, and digital devices like clocks, watches and calculators. As LED development progressed, their efficiency and reliability increased and so did the range of uses.

HID LED lights have, in recent years, become a common option for both industrial and domestic use in a wide variety of sizes and shapes, both advantages over traditional incandescent lighting. LEDs can be retrofitted to suit any traditional light source and the versatility in light output allows for subtle applications such as mimicry of candlelight. The LED's improved control over the light output also can benefit one's wallet by being more efficient, possibly resulting in a 50% reduction in energy costs. LED light fixtures tend to be favored by the green movement over incandescents because of the former's smaller carbon footprint. LEDs can also be made as small as two millimeters with no adverse effect on the clarity of the light given off. The many benefits of LEDs have led to their ubiquitous presence in our society as witnessed in electronic billboards, stadium scoreboards, airports, transportation, markets and homes.

The next century seems likely to expand the range of possibilities even further. An LED system is currently being developed which is called a flexible organic light emitting diode (FOLED) which makes use of thin (100 nm) flexible plastic films which enables the device to be bent or rolled while in operation. The FOLEDs are already showing promise in revolutionary ways, such as electronic paper and rollable or bendable displays of light and image, perfect for curved surfaces and mobile devices. Other groundbreaking LED research is happening in labs by companies like Philips whose Lumalive products seek to seamlessly integrate light-emitting diodes into textiles, allowing for wearable LEDs and larger decorative room treatments. The ability of an LED to cycle on and off millions of times per second makes it quite suitable for high data bandwidth in optical communication ("LiFi") and has high potential for continued use in the years to come. LEDs may even help humanity to explore space, through light panels used to accelerate vegetable growth in gardens aboard space stations.

Still, here on Earth LEDs continue to evolve in amazing ways. Large corporations are putting money into LED research here and now, such as 3M's " Virtual LED," which maximizes the light from one LED to fill a large space.Osram's flexible waterproof LED mounts have already given architects and engineers the ability to bend light displays.Laface and Mcgovern, Incorporated constructs a similar product, a flexible LED strip coated with a polycarbonate resin which is said to provide improved clarity and control over the light emitted. Click this for more info. The modern day LED is already a wondrous invention and sure to appear and be used even more in the future, just don't try reading the car of the guy next to you once traffic starts moving again.