Advancements in LED & Commercial Lighting

The lighting industry seems to constantly be changing. LEDs are now normal in many homes and exceedingly growing throughout the commercial industry as well. These tiny little light bulbs are sturdy, long-lasting and extremely efficient. Traditionally used incandescent light bulbs are slowly fading away and being replaced by these safer and more energy efficient lights. Although it might seem like LED lighting is a new concept, the concept of LED lights dates back to 1907 by a man named Henry Joseph Round. However, it was not really developed until the 1960s. LEDs were extremely expensive at first and were not affordable for commercial use until the 1990s. Since then, advancements have plowed forward and full speed! What once began with red, yellow, and blue LEDs have now expanded to the full spectrum of colors. A little over a decade ago the white LED was released and began a journey that has revolutionized the world of lighting.

From humble beginnings, LEDs now resemble some almost Sci-Fi like qualities. Here are a few of the advancements that we have seen in LED and commercial lighting.

  1. Efficiency

LED lights are far exceedingly more efficient than fluorescent, incandescent, and halogen lighting. LEDs are 50% more energy efficient than both fluorescent and incandescent bulbs and result in more light being emitted. They also aim their light in a specific direction which helps reduce the amount of energy expended. California’s Title 24 Building Energy Efficiency Standard has forced the light industry to rethink the way LEDs and other commercial lighting is developed. In turn creating significantly more efficient solutions with each new year that are benefitting the entire industry throughout the country.

  1. Color Customization

The introduction of white LEDs changed the industry. Since then, the ability to adjust the lighting in your space has grown substantially. You can now dim your lights to warm tones creating a calming effect. That is not all, though. Now LEDs also offer full-color customization which allows you to choose virtually any color on the color spectrum! We have come a long way since just having the three primary colors available.

  1. Versatility

LEDs have been used in commercial use since the beginning. The vast majority of LEDs uses are found in commercial usage, from street lighting to retail display cases. They offer an energy efficient and bright lighting option for businesses everywhere. They are also popping up in residential homes as well. Bathrooms and kitchens are some of the main areas that they are used in homes, illuminating the space with the desired range of light. LEDs are sturdy and able to be used both indoors and outdoors making their options almost limitless!

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