The bright future of LED lighting
Electricity has come a long way since the invention of the light bulb by Thomas Edison in 1879. Today, developments in technology mean that LEDs (light-emitting diodes) are becoming more efficient, and less expensive – an increasingly attractive prospect to home and business owners.
LED lamps have been developed over recent years to become more energy-efficient (lasting up to 25,000 hours if operated for three hours a day) and emit a higher standard of colour quality, both for indoor and outdoor lighting. At present, the market for outdoor LEDs is booming, as these long-life, energy saving lamps are hassle free, with less replacements needed in hard-to-reach fixtures.
However, with the price falling by around 20% a year, and performance rising in terms of optics and luminary design, experts predict that a higher demand for indoor LEDs are just around the corner.
President and co-founder of LED Lighting Solutions, Kevin Button, believes that ‘the capabilities are endless’ when it comes to developing the computer based lighting system. Next on the list is to merge LEDs with controls, as a digital light source can do so much more, as it includes computer intelligence within the light fixture. This means that LED lamps can be programmed and configured to lower the cost and light output – think of the possibilities!
Many newly built properties and office spaces have opted for LED lighting, as dated fluorescent and incandescent light bulbs are harsher in living and working environments. Even car manufactures are opting for a more eco-friendly light source. Today, Volkswagen premiered its ‘car of tomorrow’, the NILS electric vehicle, with trademark arc-shaped LED daytime running lights in the bumper.
Industry experts and developers believe that LEDs will eventually make halogens and CFLs obsolete, due to the constantly developing technology and energy-efficiency…The future is certainly bright for LED lighting.