LED technology has improved greatly and production has increased over the past few years. As a result, we have seen the prices of LED Lighting products decrease significantly. Some of the most exciting developments in LED lighting are of the smart lighting category. Smart Lighting Technology offers many different lighting states; On/Off/0-10V dimming. All of the functions are either automatically triggered using a sensor device or programmed using lighting control systems. In most cases the energy savings will offset the upfront purchase cost of the product
Many estimates suggest that lighting as a whole accounts for about one-fifth of global electricity consumption, and LED-based lighting has had a major impact on that figure. The technological improvements of LED Lighting compared to traditional lighting is the main contributor to its global impact. The changes can be measured through the efficiency of the different lighting types. A typical 60-Watt incandescent lamp produces only 16 lumens of light output per Watt with useful lifetimes of 1,000 hours on average, while a halogen incandescent lamp produces closer to 20 lumens per Watt. The equivalent CFL provides about 67 lumens per Watt and lasts 10 times as long. LED lamps are even more efficient, currently producing around 83 lumens per Watt with a life expectancy of more than 30 times as long as a comparable incandescent lamp.
LED lighting technologies have been improving rapidly with many experts projecting further improvements which will result in lower cost, increased reliability, and further reduction in energy consumption. By 2020, the Energy Information Administration projects LEDs to produce more than 150 lumens per Watt. Don’t be left in the dark, the future is here. You can learn more about LED lighting at www.energy.gov.
Written By: Charles Beam, Arizona Lighting Solutions. Charles is an expert in LED trends and technology.