What are LEDs?

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You have probably heard the term LED often, but what does it stand for and how do LED’s work? In this post, we look into the technology behind LED’s and how they are being used in your life.

So what does LED mean anyway and what are LEDs?

LED stands for ‘Light Emitting Diode’, It’s semiconductor diode that glows when an electric current is applied to it. This is called electroluminescence, the phenomenon of a material emitting light when exposed to an electrical current.

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Evolving Technology

LED’s have seen a massive rise in popularity and usage over the past 10 years but it may surprise you to know that LED’s have been around for over 50 years. Since the creation of the first LED’s, the technology has advanced so much that they are now widely used for energy efficient lighting.

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Evolution of Lighting

“Artificial lighting technology began to be developed tens of thousands of years ago, and continues to be refined in the present day, from the oil lamp through to the first practical incandescent electric light bulb and the energy saving LED.”

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Energy Saving Technology

LED’s are far more robust than bulbs with filaments, so they are resistant to vibration and sudden impacts. Due to the fact they are hard waring, long lasting, and use very little power, they are widely used for electronic goods like the flash/torch on your smart phone or the backlights of your computer keyboard. Indeed the energy saving aspects of LEDs are one of their best features, check our chart to see how LED’s stack up against other lighting technologies!

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LED’s in homes

LED technology has been in your homes for a while now. I’m betting that you have an LED TV in your living room. More recently LED’s have been used as a way to actually light your house because of the huge benefits they offer. LED’s are the most advanced and economical lighting technology available. They use up to 90% less electricity than traditional halogen / filament bulbs. They also last around 30,000 hours, compared to 1,000 to 2,000 of halogen. New LED technology enables us to set the led light colour temperature to a preferred colour. If you want to know how light colour can affect your mood and your room ambience check our LED Colour Guide.

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Value for your Home

If you have LED Lighting in your Home you already know the benefits. If you still use old types of bulbs, it’s time to change. Start saving your money on electricity now and explore the LED Lighting Experience.  Visit our SHOP or check our latest Offers!

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