Monday, January 13th, 2014
by Littman Bros Lighting
So you think you’re going green? You recycle, eat organic, turn off your lights and even switched them to compact fluorescents (CFLs) to conserve energy. But are CFLs still the best choice when trying to conserve energy? Replacing fluorescent bulbs with LEDs is a good step towards the green direction.
A CFL equivalent to 60 watts saves about $55 a year in energy costs while an equivalent LED bulb saves $185 – even the best CFLs only last 15 thousand hours and when they burn out they require special care. CFLs contain a small amount of mercury, which is toxic and bad for the environment. Still think you are green? Most LEDs last 50 thousand hours before losing intensity; this is adds up to about 27 years when it is on for an average of five hours a day. No maintenance, no trash and lower energy costs – LEDs are the light source of the future.
Remember when switching from incandescent or compact fluorescents to LEDs, make sure you look at the lumen output of the LED bulb you are switching to; often times LED bulbs, depending on the lumens, don’t provide a sufficient light output compared the CFLs or incandescent bulbs.
Tuesday, May 1st, 2012
by Littman Bros Lighting
LED technology is continuing to grow and will most likely become the market dominator – the U.S has already banned the production of 100-watt incandescent bulbs and plans to stop production of bulbs generating above 40 watts of energy by 2014. More and more companies are working on new and improved LED light bulbs, trying to finally replace the energy-draining incandescent bulbs for good. Firefly LED Lighting is one of those businesses that are pushing forward with their production of energy-efficient lighting.
The Austin, Texas company is the only U.S based LED manufacturer and its products surpass the top two challenges in the LED market: light output and early failure. Firefly LEDs last 5 times longer than rival LEDs and generate more light. One of the very special things about Firefly LED is that as LED technology presses onward (changing rapidly and evolving like most technology does) Firefly’s lamps are readily upgradeable by modifying the driver chip and the LED circuit board.
The Firefly Par38 LED bulb is one of the company’s newest products and is a traditional spot or flood lamp used in exterior or interior spotlighting applications. This modular design, which allows for a more enhanced function, features an interchangeable lens system with 25, 40 and 120 degree beam angles depending on the needed output of light. Like this LED bulb, Firefly LEDs lower energy costs and last up to 25 times longer than conventional bulbs with about a 40,000 hour lamp life and 70% maintained light output.
Not only are Firefly LEDs dimmable, unlike CFLs and competing LEDs, and include a “patent-pending heat sink technology to move the heat away from the LED more efficiently, which reduces temperature by 32%.”
Like Firefly LED Lighting, Philips has unveiled a brand new LED bulb in hopes of replacing the current incandescent permanently called the EnduraLED, which is said to last longer and use fewer watts than even the current LED bulbs on the market today.
The U.S Department of Energy challenged a number of firms to create the most energy-efficient bulb and Philips rose to the challenge winning the $10 million “L Prize,” aiming to replace the traditional incandescent bulb options. After about 18 months of thorough testing, Philips created its next-generation LED bulb; Philips says the new bulb will last 3 ½ years longer than other LEDs, while using two to three fewer watts (converting to about 44 to 77 cents less of electricity annually.
It is because of companies like these that we can look toward a future that supports using less power in the home and making the strides toward helping the environment one LED bulb at a time. Changing your current incandescent bulbs to LEDs is a wonderful way to save energy and is truly cost-effective; with more and more LED bulbs being sold and the slow extinction of incandescents, it seems energy efficient lighting is a positive direction to take all the while saving money and reducing your carbon footprint.