LED Lights – Is There A Future For Them?

LED lights, or Light Emitting Diodes, are not a new technology. They have been used for years in electronics and are a favorite due to their low energy demands, low heat output, impact resistance, and quick on off transition times. Most people are aware of the use of LEDs in their remotes and as lights in their computers. But recently, LEDs have been designed to be used as light sources in our homes and cars.

One of the first widely noticed uses of outdoor LED lights is probably in traffic lights. While their use not only helps reduce energy consumption to power all the traffic lights, they also last longer. Another advantage is that there are many LEDs grouped led-lightstogether, so if one of two do go out, the traffic light is still operable. An early application of LED lights for cars are most apparent in police cruisers, where there ability to transition fast between on and off gives a great strobe effect. And the fact that they are so much more durable than other conventional types of light bulbs makes them great for use in cars and trucks with all the stopping and vibrating that goes on in a moving vehicle.

The major problem with LED lighting for use in our homes right now is getting enough lumens, which basically says how much light is put out. The technology answered this by grouping LEDs into a single light bulb, much like the traffic light example above. Currently, the most popular LED light bulbs for home use is the GU10 LED, in which 3 LEDs are typically used in one single GU10 bulb. GU10s are used primarily in track lighting, recessed lighting, and small spotlight applications. Since the original application of GU10 lights are low lumen spotlights, the LEDs are a great fit with the GU10.

LED technology is here to stay and with any luck, will soon be integrated more into our homes. This will mean not only lower energy bills for the homeowner, but less pollution and waste as well. As soon as they are able to develop stronger LED lights that emit more lumens, we will start seeing more and more replacement bulbs to the incandescent and CFL lights we are currently using.

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