Posts Tagged ‘LED lights’

Will Tomorrow’s Light Bulb be Made of Plastic?

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

White Bokeh on Black Background

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.

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COAST Unveils Rechargeable LED Flashlights at Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

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.

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Make the Holidays Greener with LED Lights

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Xmas TreeDeck the halls with boughs of holly! Like many Christmas songs, this ditty is outdated. Who actually decorates with live holly anymore? Then again, many people still light up their homes with incandescent holiday lights – even though they’re energy hogs that are notorious for blowing fuses. For a greener holiday season, we suggest switching to LED lights, which use 80 percent less energy than standard bulbs. Advantages of LED holiday lights include:

More shatter resistant.The average LED light cover is made of plastic – not glass, as traditional holiday bulbs are. Moreover, because LEDs are so small, they are less likely to shatter.

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Wes Whaley Paints Beauty with COAST LED Lights

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Call Me Lightning

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.

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Is the Price of LED Light Bulbs Dropping?

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

BEHOLD THE LED!

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.

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Can LED Lights Help Prevent Breast Cancer?

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Pink Ribbon BCA with shadow

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.

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LED Light Usage Spotlight: LED Bicycle Handlebars

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Bicycle

It just makes sense to use LED light for bicycles. For one thing, LED lights are extremely bright, so they’re sure to catch the attention of nearby motorists. While most bike lights are intended for this sole purpose – to announce the presence of a biker to drivers – LED lights are also powerful enough to light your way through dark streets this winter. Finally, LED lights are efficient, so you won’t have to change out batteries every week just to make it through your commute.

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Boeing Uses LED Lighting to Combat Jet Lag

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

787 First FlightLED lights have been used in a variety of applications since their invention in 1961. From inexpensive appliance display lighting to automobile daytime headlamps, light-emitting diodes seem to be everywhere. Indeed, LED lighting could even change air travel as we know it. The 787 Dreamliner, Boeing’s new jetliner, includes LED lighting designed to positively influence passengers’ circadian rhythms.

How could LED lights possibly affect the body’s diurnal rhythms? The answer hinges on the fact that LEDs are “programmable.” Unlike filament-heating incandescent bulbs, LEDs are tiny semi-conductors, fueled by electricity-stimulated electrons crossing a field to fill electron holes. The chemistry here is pretty complex, but suffice it to say that engineers can affect the light wavelengths an LED produces by changing the semi-conductor material. Zinc selenide, for instance, is used to produce blue LED lighting.

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