Posts Tagged ‘LEDs’

LEDs: To Infinity and Beyond

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

LEDs in SpaceIf something’s good enough for NASA, isn’t it good enough for you, too? I mean, if something can withstand the demands of space travel, it should stand to reason that it will thrive in your home. Well, then, it’s time to start the countdown for LEDs.

NASA recently announced its intention to partner with an LED manufacturer to work on implementing LED technology into the space program, specifically developing a “high illumination and good color rendering LED light fixture for space exploration.”

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Starbucks Goes LED

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

StarbucksStarbucks Coffee Company recently announced its intention to implement LED technology into a large number of its locations worldwide. Under the banner of its LED Lighting Conversion Program, the coffee giant has initiated the conversion of incandescent and halogen bulbs to LEDs in all company-owned stores in the U.S. and Canada, and has already completed installation in more than 1,000 U.S. locations, according to a company press release.

Furthermore, Starbucks will expand the program to international markets in March 2010, aiming to complete installation in more than 8,000 company-owned stores around the world by the end of 2010. Following global implementation, Starbucks projects a 7 percent per-store reduction in energy use. This improvement will contribute toward the company’s goal of achieving a 25 percent reduction in energy use by the end of 2010.

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LEDs Light Up Eiffel Tower

Monday, October 26th, 2009

The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France is commemorating its 120-year existence with an LED light spectacular. Using 400 LED-based spotlights, one of the monument’s four facades, the Trocadero, will light up with “color, movement, and modulation offering a magical and awesome show.”

Locals and tourists will be able to observe the show every evening until December 31, 2009. Show times are scheduled for 8, 9, 10, and 11 p.m. every night.

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First U.S. LED-lit Commericial Building Opens

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

In early June of 2009, the Marvel Food and Deli in Auburn, Washington opened its doors for the first time becoming the first commercial new construction in the U.S. to be outfitted exclusively with LEDs (light-emitting diodes). The new supermarket utilized LEDs for both the store interior and exterior lighting in the parking lot.

According to recent research within the supermarket industry, implementing LED technology is estimated to reduce energy consumption in stores by as much as 60 percent. Additionally, LEDs offer higher efficiency with little negative environmental impact. LEDs are proving to be vastly superior to fluorescent, MH (metal halide) and HPS (high pressure sodium) lighting; with an over 50,000+ hour lifetime, their longevity greatly reduces maintenance costs.

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Europe Bans The Incandescent Bulb

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Well, it’s officially begun. “Green” isn’t just a trend anymore, now it’s the law. It started on the first of the month, when the European Union (EU) banned the sale of incandescent light bulbs. From now on, consumers will have to choose between two more energy-efficient lights — the compact fluorescent (CFL) and the light-emitting diode (LED).

In addition to energy savings of 80 percent or more, the EU also cites a number of other reasons for making the switch. For instance, as a result of reduced energy consumption, consumers will notice immediate financial benefits (after an initial investment). Additionally, carbon dioxide emissions are expected to decrease. And while CFLs in particular use mercury in order to function, the EU states using more of the lights will actually reduce mercury emissions — go figure.

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Fact: LEDs safer than CFLs

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

It’s a fact: light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are safer than compact flourescent lights (CFLs), and a recent article in a British newspaper makes the case-in-point. According to the article, hundreds of Chinese factory workers have been poisoned by the mercury used in CFLs.

As a part of the “green” movement, energy-efficient lighting is becoming vastly popular world-wide, and while CFLs do offer reduced energy consumption when compared with conventional incandescent bulbs, CFLs are turning out to be a dangerous alternative. In order to make CFL bulbs, a small amount of mercury is needed to create the chemical reaction that produces light. The article reports: (more…)