Light emitting diodes, also known as LEDs, produce a narrow-spectrum light that is electrically charged in a forward direction. Not a new technology, LED technology was actually first discovered in 1907 by British scientist H.G. Round. He observed that a semiconductor could produce light, but no use was found for it at that point. The technology sat idle until 1962, when a General Electric employee invented the first LED light. Then only a faint light, the red bulbs were used primarily in technical and electronic equipment.
LED lighting is so popular because of its great energy efficiency, way out-performing incandescent lighting. Designed to produce bright, intense, continuous light on one watt, LEDs produce a lot while consuming very little energy. Unlike incandescent and halogen lighting, LEDs do not have a filament. The light is generated by circulating electrons, will not burn out, and has a longer life.
Now that we know how LEDs were discovered, where are they used? For such a little light, LEDs fill some big shoes. Ever wonder how the remote control transmits information, or the lights on your appliances are displayed? How about an LED television? These amazing bursts of light fill our world, and often go unnoticed and unrecognized by most of us. That leads us to ask how they might help us in energy efficiency and conserving electricity.
LEDs are already being used for household lighting purposes, but a newer, more advanced light bulb has been developed and will be available soon. The iBright™ T8s SMD LED fluorescent light is supposed to be more energy efficient and more durable while producing a brighter light and containing no mercury. They will fit in any standard fluorescent socket, and are quite easy to install.
Controlling your energy consumption is a major part of an eco-friendly, green lifestyle. Converting as many areas of your home to solar energy is the most desirable if it can be achieved. If you are unable to go to this extent, there are many smaller steps you can take; including changing your light bulbs to more energy efficient bulbs. It is surprising how many products incorporate LEDs. Talk with your electrical contractor about where you can utilize their advantageous qualities.
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