Sun has always been the main source of light for plane Earth and it still is, but the other half of the day that we call night has been at the brink of darkness for long, if not for candles and oil lamps. Thomas Alva Edison’s incandescent bulb made sure that we had light, not as the day, but enough to go about our business. Today, after the tube light, the CFL lamps and many other smaller innovations, the concept of light is about to change, all because of the rapid and transformative technology that has evolved LED lighting.
The struggle between light and dark has ensured that most fossil fuels are burned by man’s need for more light and security across the planet. Mining, killing wildlife, global warming, and erasing the stars from the sky have been the side effects. Should we stop doing this? Do we want to see that stars on the night sky?
The transformative technology using the LED (Light Emitting Diode), normally found on PCB’s inside your computers and mobile phone are finally lighting up our lives. That too, without the traditional heat, glare and the “light pollution” that we have been used to, albeit we are getting better lighting systems and saving billions of watts of energy that is hitherto wasted throughout lighted history. Sadly, the innovation has come in today, better late than never.
LED lamps and lighting systems have taken the world by storm and cities like New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Copenhagen, Shanghai, and hundreds of others across the world are changing to LED lighting. This, it is perceived, will solve most problems created by traditional lighting and also save billions on power bills, not to mention the savings on maintenance.
Clearer and crisp lights are the order of the day and LED lamps are about 300% more expensive than traditional lamps, will last for 400% more time and give out 300% more Lumens per watt of energy consumed. This translated to about 40% to 70% savings on energy bills depending on usage. This data is quite an approximation, but imagine the figures on the scale of a big city and you will see better light.
The cost of LED bulbs is bound to come down, once the market sees more and more volumes. With the advantages that come with LED lighting and with the way more and more consumers and businesses are looking at it and at the rate the retrofits are being ordered, we will soon see clearer skies and count our favorite stars on a moonlit night. Who said romanticism and science are different?
So, LED lighting is the future, the bigger question is, are you geared to save money, planet and transform the lighting aesthetics at your home and office?