One of the more common ways to consume energy is via electrical lighting. Having such significance in day-to-day living has also made it one of the more tangible ways that one can reduce energy consumption and costs. And one highly effective way of achieving this is by using LED lighting.
Standing for light-emitting diode, the LED light is a longer lasting, more energy efficient device than the conventional light (incandescent, fluorescents) which becomes illuminated when electrons pass through a semiconductor. LEDs are also smaller and require a more precise current and heat management system than florescent globes of similar output.
The inventor of the LED, Professor Shuji Nakamura, from the Materials Department at the College of Engineering at the University of California, says “it is estimated it is possible to alleviate the need for 133 nuclear power stations in the US by the year 2025 if (LED) lighting is implemented”.
LEDs also consume from 50 to 90% less electricity than incandescent and other conventional forms of lighting, while producing a substantial amount of output. In fact, so diverse are LED lights that they’re used commercially in aviation, automotive, traffic signal, and advertising lighting. They also have a high switching rate which allows the implementation of text, video and sensor technology.
One Australian company advocating the use of LED lighting both commercially and in the home, is ESICLighting. ESICLighting has been drawn towards LEDs due to their many advantages, such as the absence of mercury and other hazardous materials, and the fact they produce less heat than conventional globes during illumination, which reduces the threat of fire at work or in the home.
In one case study undertaken by ESICLighting, the use of LED and fluorescent lighting was compared in a classroom. Not only were LEDs proven to have a longer shelf life while producing a cheaper running cost, the ambience produced by their output was proven to increase classroom productivity. LEDs, it appears, produce a cleaner and more crisp looking atmosphere which positively effects cognitive development.
If you own a business, or are concerned about the diminished effect that LEDs may have in your studio or the home, LEDs are now commercially available in a number of different forms.
Take a look at this footage on LED lighting: