Since 2010, Ultravision International has been represented by its logo, which features bright hues of blue, representing blue diodes. What does the blue diode mean to the world leading innovator, manufacturer and distributor of LED displays and LED lighting? Let’s take a closer look at what LEDs are and how this technology has made an incredible impact on lighting the world.
What is an LED?
LED stands for Light Emitting Diode and refers to a solid-state component that uses a semiconductor (a silicon chip or some other type of semiconductor) that emits visible light when electric current passes through it, producing a long lasting, energy efficient source of light.
The first visible spectrum Light Emitting Diode (LED) with a practical use was developed in 1962. It produced a visible red light and introduced experimentation which eventually resulted in more efficient LEDs of different colors and brighter light. The invention of the ultra-bright blue LED in 1994 led to the development of white LED lights which are now commonly used in homes and commercially world wide.
In addition to lighting, the development of the LED has introduced new products which also enhance our lives. Displays, such as smartphones, laptops, flat screen TVs, have changed the way information is delivered to us. Tiny LED components make it possible to have clearer, brighter displays as big or as small as you need. This same technology makes it possible to illuminate areas that would have been impossible with traditional bulbs.
Benefits of LED Lighting
The advantages of LED lighting over other methods are innumerable.
Take a look at some of the more obvious benefits
LED lighting is energy efficient
Because diode light is more efficient than filament light, LED lights far surpass incandescent and fluorescent lighting in energy efficiency by 80 to 90%. 95% of LED energy is converted into light, decreasing power, maintenance, and replacement costs.
LED Lights are safe
They do not give off the same heat that incandescent lights do, reducing risk of combustion and fires. They are cool to the touch, even after leaving on for many hours, unlike other types of lighting like incandescent and CFL bulbs which expel most of their energy via heat.
LEDs consume very little power
Lower power consumption means cost savings for home-owners and business-owners who implement or retrofit with LEDs. For example: a bright LED flood lamp uses 11 to 12 watts but its output is comparable to a 50 watt incandescent bulb. By switching over to a widespread use of LED lighting, the U.S. could reduce.
LEDs are eco-friendly
For a variety of reasons – including being energy efficient, producing no toxic elements, having a longer life span, and causing less greenhouse emissions – LEDs have proven to be an environmentally friendly solution that makes sense to everyone. CFL (compact fluorescent light) bulbs, in comparison, contain mercury which could be dangerous if you break one. LED lighting does not pose this risk. Because LED lighting lasts six times longer than other types, it means less frequent replacement and thus fewer resources to produce, package, and deliver them. Read further: Reduce Your Carbon Footprint with Energy-Efficient Modular Display Panels.
LED lights have a long lifespan
You’ll find yourself replacing light bulbs much less frequently if they are LED lights. They have a lifespan of about 60,000 hours, whereas a traditional incandescent bulb usually lasts about 1,500 hours.
LED lights are robust
They are solid state lighting, using semiconductor materials instead of filaments, plasma, or gas. They are made with epoxy lenses instead of glass, making them more rugged and less prone to breakage.
LED lights are colorful
LEDs can be combined to produce a large array of colors, where traditional incandescent lights use filters. LEDs offer warm lighting, comparable to the glow of an incandescent bulb, but without the heat and cost.
Saving With LEDs
As LED lighting becomes more widespread, costs for LED bulbs and other lighting applications have dropped, making savings available for homes and businesses of all economic levels. The U.S. Department of Energy indicates that by 2027, widespread use of LEDs “could save about 348 TWh (compared to no LED use) of electricity: This is the equivalent annual electrical output of 44 large electric power plants (1000 megawatts each), and a total savings of more than $30 billion at today’s electricity prices.”
To take advantage of these savings, you can do the following:
- Use Energy Star rated LED lighting – they use at least 75% less energy and last 25 times longer than traditional lighting
- Do the research on the upfront cost of replacing an incandescent bulb vs. the lifetime cost
- For business owners, retrofitting costly lighting with energy efficient LED lighting will save a lot of money.
Ultravision is pleased to be a part of LED lighting innovation. As a world leading innovator, with many industry patents, our mission is to provide our customers with affordable technology with great return on investment. Contact us today today to find out how we can help provide energy efficient and cost saving lighting to your world.