Cities across the globe are choosing to install LED lighting, first and foremost for financial reasons. Compared to an incandescent bulb, an LED light is 90 percent more efficient, so cities can get more light for their buck with LED lighting. LED bulbs also last up to 10 times longer than CFLs. Moreover, the possibility for visual dazzle is nearly limitless with LEDs, which can be programmed to take on mesmerizing patterns of shifting, shimmering colors.
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Every industry has its own buzz, or the latest developments that could potentially change the playing field. In LED lighting, the current rumor is that plastic light bulbs could soon be on the market. According to a recent press release, Wake University professor David Carroll has applied FIPEL technology to create a plastic, buzz-free light bulb. FIPEL stands for Field-Induced Polymer ElectroLuminescent – that’s quite a mouthful. Basically, it means these bulbs are created with several layers of white-emitting polymer (plastics) that have been blended with special nanomaterials. These nanomaterials naturally glow when stimulated by electricity.
Wrenchin’ Roger visited the COAST booth at the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) last November for a tour of our latest LED lights. As you can see in the video below, our own Kevin Corcoran introduced three professional use LED flashlight options, all of which are rechargeable.
A9R: First up was the A9R rechargeable penlight – the perfect torch for inspection gigs. You can recharge this handy light by simply plugging it into the charging cap. A green light is illuminated when the A9R is fully charged. It’s hard to find a handier, sleeker inspection light.
No first responder would be caught in the middle of a disaster without his or her trusty tactical LED flashlight. Tactical flashlights are specially designed for military and law enforcement use, so they can stand up to nearly any disaster situation. These torches are crafted to make a difference in life-or-death circumstances, and they’re tough enough to withstand daily use in the field. Here are just a few ways a firefighter, police officer or other first responder may use an emergency LED flashlight during a rescue operation.
This holiday season, we’re highlighting COAST products that make fantastic gifts. Today’s spotlight product is the HP3 LED inspection light, an LED flashlight that will light up the face of any technician this year. Plumbers, home inspectors, mechanics and general contractors would all love to receive this LED light as a gift, as would hobbyists who require bright light for visually intense activities such as sewing and modeling.
What sets this LED flashlight apart is its sophisticated optics system. The HP3 offers two light settings: For a circle of consistent, bright light, dial the focusing bezel to flood light. This is an ideal light for close-up work. Or, if you need to focus on something specific while also seeing nearby objects, choose the Bulls-Eye Spot™ setting, which creates a hot spot of highly focused light with a surrounding halo of more diffuse light. This is an excellent light beam for inspecting pipes, wires and other elements in home construction. Car mechanics love the fact that this flashlight can help them focus on parts deep in the engine while still illuminating surrounding components.
From repairing a clogged sink to lighting your path, it’s easy to find practical uses for LED lights. And certainly, police officers, firefighters and inspectors can testify that LED flashlights can also serve well in professional situations. What fewer people anticipate, however, is that our LED lights can also be used to make art, as one light artist’s work proves.
In June of this year, Lux Research released a report predicting that LED bulb prices will be cut in half by 2020. If Lux’s prediction is correct, a 60-watt LED bulb could cost just $11.06 by the end of this decade. Given the efficiency of LED bulbs, that low price could definitely provide a cost incentive for consumers to use LED lights more frequently in their homes.
Human beings evolved with natural light patterns. Our bodies respond differently to the rising sun, the light at full noon and the darkness of night. For some time, researchers have known that our internal circadian rhythms are modified by the eye’s exposure to light, whether it comes from the sun or from LED lighting.