Most people have heard of the benefits of LED lighting. LED technology is the most efficient lighting option available, saving households hundreds of dollars in electricity bills. It does not utilize harmful chemicals, like mercury, to illuminate your daily life, and does not suddenly “burn out” because it does not have filaments like the incandescent light bulbs we all grew up with.
Because LED lights are new to so many people, there’s still a lot of information that not everyone knows. So reintroduce yourself to the technology that has revolutionized the way we see the world, and learn some amazingly unique facts about the light emitting diode.
1. LED lighting has been found to increase meat shelf life
In a 2011 Kansas State University study, LED and fluorescent lighting were compared in how they affected discoloration, rancidity, and operating efficiency in meat refrigeration units. Amazingly, the meats in the LED lit unit changed color slower, stayed cool longer, and also cut costs because of the efficiency of LED technology.
This is not necessarily a surprising discovery if you look closer at fluorescent technology. In a fluorescent bulb two diodes are connected by a filament inside a sealed glass envelope. Ultraviolet light is created when electricity hits mercury vapor and inert gas suspended within the bulb. However, the filament is weak and can break or become stripped by the electrical current it carries. Also, the glass envelope can leak, throwing off the balance of mercury vapor and inert gas inside.
Ultimately, these weaknesses indicate inefficiency for fluorescent technology. Ultraviolet light has also been known to cause damage to certain materials, like plastics, and the dangers of a potential mercury leak are a serious concern. While fluorescent lights do not emit the same level of heat as incandescent lights, they certainly are not as efficient and safe as the LED alternative. The additional bonus of drastically reducing the operating costs of meat refrigeration units, as well as increasing the shelf life of the meat held in those units, makes LED technology the obvious choice for manufacturers of refrigeration systems.
2. LED lights do not attract bugs
Are you tired of planning an enjoyable evening outside, only to be frustrated by an onslaught of bugs attracted by traditional porch lights or the lantern you “borrowed” from your parent’s garage? LED technology may be able to help.
Flying nocturnal insects are attracted to the UV light emitted by the moon, and traditional lights. This is because they have evolved to use moonlight as a navigational tool. They use the reflected light as a guide by keeping it at the same constant angle. However, the close proximity of the light means insects will fly in circles around it, keeping it at the same angle but navigating absolutely nowhere. Unfortunately, their confusion can also ruin a perfectly enjoyable evening.
LED light is not ultraviolet, therefore bugs are not as attracted. Replacing your outdoor lights with LED alternatives is an easy way to keep flying insects, and their predators, from your doorstep.
Investing in an LED area lantern for your next camping trip can save your family from the frustration of attracted bugs as well. Rather than scattering your campsite with citronella candles, check out the COAST EAL20 LED Lantern. Not only does it provide four lighting modes, ranging from flashing red emergency mode to area lighting, it also has a dimming switch, allowing you to find the perfect light. And with up to 100 hours of runtime on a single set of batteries, the lantern lasts as long as you need it.
3. LED lighting lasts…and lasts
The typical lifetime of an incandescent bulb is 1,000 hours, and the typical lifetime of a compact fluorescent bulb is 8,000 hours. An LED light, amazingly, has a lifespan ranging between 35,000 and 60,000 hours.
Imagine you have a bulb that will last 50,000 hours. If you used it 8 hours a day, every day, that bulb will last for 17 years. And once the limit has been reached, the light will become progressively dimmer, rather than abruptly burning out. Simply put, your LED light will seem like it lasted forever.
This staying power means that COAST can manufacture long lasting rechargeable LED flashlights. With LED flashlights that can last over 15 hours on a single charge, COAST has made the most of LED technology and its longevity. Their flashlights allow you to carry the lasting, dependable illumination of LED bulbs, whether you are at work, on vacation, or preparing for emergencies.
4. LED lights work great in cold temperatures
The remarkable fact to remember about LED light is that it is created through electric current disrupting the atomic charge of semiconductors in order to make them release light. Unlike incandescent and induction bulbs, there are no chemicals or filaments wasting energy as heat. Therefore, LED lights work better in cold weather than any other option.
Cold temperatures drastically affect incandescent bulbs, because light is created by heating the filament inside. The difference between temperatures inside and outside of the bulb can even cause bulbs to explode. This is not a risk with LED bulbs, as they release very little heat compared with other types of bulbs.
5. LED technology is older than you thought
While it seems like LED technology has just begun to impact our daily lives, the light emitting diode has been around for over 50 years. Nick Holonyak Jr. is credited with inventing the first LED light in 1962, while he was a consulting scientist at General Electric. The color was limited to red at the time, and so the technology was primarily used for indicator lights.
As LED technology advanced and production costs decreased, the lights became more prevalent. LED bulbs have been found in traffic signals, emergency exit signs, vehicle headlights, computers, digital clocks, and calculators for decades.
With more colors along our visible spectrum being converted into LED lights, we are now able to use this technology for illumination. And as more scientific advances continue to improve the longevity, safety, and cost saving benefits of LED lights, we will continue to benefit from the light emitting diode.