The fascinating world of LED light

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This is a term that’s now used widely and regularly, but how much do you actually know about LED lighting? LED stands for light-emitting diode which is then part of a bulb or lamp with a greater lifespan than that of the old incandescent lamps. LEDs providing white light also outlast most fluorescent lamps, whose longevity is also affected considerably simply by your switching them on or off, by a much higher multiple.

Using LED products

These are compact and especially good at providing a narrower beam of directed light, rather than simply throwing it out in all directions, they also usually include elements within them to assist with heat dissipation. In your home, you might find them terrific for reading or to help you focus specifically on detailed hobby activities such as needlecraft, jigsaws, model-making, and the like. For those times you are happy with a wider spread of light, LEDs with diffusers are usually a good answer. An alternative is a series of directed spotlights, often adding character to different areas of your room. This is one reason why you are increasingly likely to discover such products being used as light sources in museums, art galleries, and other public venues.

In the situation where fixtures are designed for fluorescent tube lighting, you might not be a fan of that specific style. The good news is that LED tube lights, often using several LEDs within the one tube, have been produced which can be used as replacements in many products, although it is wise to check with an expert before making changes to any of your current appliances.

A brief history to finish

The history of LED development is, unlike the product, slightly hazy in places. It has been reported that an assistant to Marconi published an article over a century ago covering some experimental findings. A couple of decades later, Russian scientist Oleg Losev, carried out more substantial research. No practical work appears to have been done following this, but, after the Second World War, the pace quickened. The first commercial LEDs were produced in the early 1960s. Nowadays, you’ll find them in everything from traffic signals to games consoles. 

The next time you are looking for a cool and directional lighting source, not only will you appreciate why choosing LED products makes good sense, but do feel free to throw a casual fact or two into the conversation. SHOP LED Light NOW

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2 thoughts on “The fascinating world of LED light

    nigel said:
    16/04/2014 at 7:48 am

    I bought a small red LED in the mid 70s for a model rail project It cost the equivalent of 20 pounds today!! More a novelty item back then.Only the late 80s when blue LEDs started to appear on general sale at a very high price compared to today. fascinating component these days in everything

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      Matthew said:
      23/04/2014 at 10:43 pm

      Oh yes, remember the old days, when LEDs were only good for indicating, not illuminating, and the initial arrival of horrendously expensive blue (when it just wasn’t possible before).

      Not sure if “the LED museum” is still around – http://ledmuseum.net/ – it is, but the guy organizing it has accommodation difficulties now

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