Posts Tagged ‘LED light’

Unusual LED Light Benefits: Happier Cows?

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

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It’s not unusual for homeowners to feel good about using LED lighting instead of more traditional methods – after all, they are the greenest available – but cows? According to a recent study by Oklahoma State University, a simple LED light can make cows more relaxed.


Why Every Winter Storm Emergency Kit Needs a Flashlight

Friday, February 17th, 2012

Power OutageYou can never have enough LED flashlights, even if you’re not an avid spelunker, hiker or camper. A trusty LED flashlight comes in handy in many different situations, even if you’re just looking for lost items around the house. This is especially true when it comes to emergency situations; for example, during a winter storm or flood.

Now that winter is in full swing, the following are a few reasons you should not underrate the importance of keeping a few LED flashlights in your storm emergency kit. Even if you already have a flashlight in the garage or kitchen drawer, it’s a good idea to keep a couple of LED light sources with your emergency supplies so you’ll always have one close at hand. It is better to be well prepared ahead of time than have to scramble in the dark for a light source when you really need it!


LED Cathedral Lights up the Streets of Ghent, Belgium

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Luminarie de Cagna #1Michelangelo, eat your heart out: The temporary LED Cathedral in Ghent, Belgium may not have a laboriously frescoed ceiling, but its dazzling 55,000 LED lights illuminate an entire street in a cacophony of color.

The giant colonnade, reaching a height of 91 feet at its peak, blends Romanesque and Renaissance architecture and is constructed of wood covered with thousands of LED lights. It’s the creation of Luminarie De Cagna – an Italian, family-owned lighting and illumination business established more than 80 years ago – for Ghent’s recent Light Festival. It was lit by joining LED lights together to make massive curtains, which were then draped over the structure.


Super Bowl Ad Redux: LED Headlights as Bright as the Sun

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Did you all catch the Audi commercial that aired during Sunday’s Super Bowl? The luxury car manufacturer touted its innovative LED headlights as bright as daylight and thus vampire-killing. The LED lights used in Audi’s LED headlamps produce the closest recreation of daylight available (5500 Kelvin).

Audi first incorporated a full-LED headlight design in its R8 model in 2008 (read our original Audi R8 LED headlamp post). The LED light design is combined with features like a high-beam assistant that detects the headlights of oncoming traffic and the “rear lights of other road users and responds by varying the position and width of the LED headlights accordingly” (for more visit LED Magazine).


Color LED Lights: How They Benefit You

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

BLED Lightsecause LED light technology is developing so rapidly, consumers are hard-pressed to keep up. This leads to many common misconceptions about LED flashlights. For example, earlier LED light bulbs gained a reputation for producing a cold, bluish-white light. While this may have been true a decade or so ago, today’s LED flashlight models are capable of producing a wide variety of hues for various applications.

As anglers and sportsmen discover the benefits of colored LED light for outdoor use, more and more of them are taking advantage of colored LED flashlights. The following is a look at some of the most common LED light colors and how they’re used.


Electrical Contractors Preparing for More LED light Usage in Homes

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Home - light paintingThe national shift away from traditional incandescent light bulbs toward more energy-efficient forms of lighting, such as LED lights, has caused quite a stir among home designers and even electrical contractors. According to Electrical Contractor magazine, more and more contractors are making the effort to enhance their knowledge of LED lighting in order to effectively utilize LED technology in both residential and commercial settings.

This is because as LED light usage becomes more widespread, contractors are increasingly recognizing the benefits of LED technology, which can be creatively blended with traditional lighting to not only solve design challenges but to meet the requirements of energy codes and other programs, such as LEED certification. (more…)

Understanding Your LED Flashlight: Rated Life vs. Lumen Maintenance Life

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

LumensWhen buying an LED flashlight, people want to know how long they’re going to work. Because LED light bulbs are so durable and energy-efficient, they tend to last much longer than other types of bulbs; some manufacturers claim their LED flashlights have a life span of many thousands of hours. But how far can you really believe such packaging claims?

It helps to understand how a flashlight is tested when determining the life of its LED light bulb. LED flashlights are typically tested in two ways: first to see how long the product works, and then to see how well it works during that time. As a result, LED flashlights typically receive two life span ratings – rated life and lumen-maintenance life.


Induction Lighting vs. LED Lighting

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Internal Inductor Type Induction Lamp DwgAs a society, we are looking for lighting solutions that are effective, inexpensive and healthy for the environment. The last decade has seen an explosion in lighting technology. Twenty years ago, incandescent bulbs were the only widely available lighting option. Today, there are various new lighting technologies competing for consumers’ attention. This article compares and contrasts two types of lighting: induction and LED light.

First, it’s helpful to understand why both induction and LED technology are superior to the original incandescent bulb designed by Edison. An incandescent light bulb consists of a vacuum glass envelope, two electrodes connected to an electrical source, and a filament suspended between the electrodes. When electric power is flipped on, the electrodes complete a circuit through a tungsten filament. This filament glows white hot, creating usable light.