Money Saving Uses of LED Lights

Jonathan Gal asked:

Do you own any LED lights? Chances are you may have more of these highly efficient little light bulbs than you are even aware of. They show up as indicator lights in computer and electronic equipment, appear in flashlights and remote controls, exterior lighting fixtures and even holiday light strands. They are remarkably efficient and durable, which makes them suitable to a significantly wider range of applications than traditional light bulbs. A perfect such solution is obvious in gardening and the use of solar path lighting.

What are LED lights? A simple definition is actually not that easy to provide in brief, but basically LED stands for “light emitting diode” which are small electronic units that light up when electricity passes through them. Traditional light bulbs are radically different from LEDs, as they use a filament inside of the bulb which lights up when an electrical current is completed. Such light bulbs burn out rapidly and generate quite a bit of heat – in fact touching a lit bulb can lead to a burn. LEDs however stay relatively cool to the touch because they do not operate in the same manner, and are actually more like an old-fashioned transistor than a light bulb. What this means is that they use electricity far more affectively than their old-fashioned counter parts, and are far less likely to fail.

What are the benefits of LED lights? Their main benefit is their remarkable efficiency. While they may cost more at the initial point of purchase, LED lights will last for a very long time. They are resistant to blows, dropping and shock, they are relatively unaffected by continual dimming or turning on and off, they are much smaller and provide a wide range of uses. Additionally, they can appear in many colors through a manipulation of their diode and semiconductor materials, which eliminates the needs for special filters or color applications, which in turn greatly reduces the overall cost of the lighting fixtures in which they appear. Additionally, they do not contain the toxic elements and components of other lighting options, including such heavy metals as mercury which frequently appears in fluorescent lights.

How are LEDs used every day? If you take a quick car trip you will see exactly how LEDs are used in “every day” applications – they are in street lights, automobile signals and tail lights, billboards and signs, solar yard lights, exterior lighting such as spotlights on flag poles or strings of Christmas lights, and you may even notice them on security cameras where they are used for night vision purposes.

Clearly LED lights are all around, and their efficiency and ever decreasing costs will continue to make them a popular choice for home, commercial and technological applications.

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More Cool Gadgets for Father’s Day!

Still haven’t found the perfect gift for dad? Home Controls is a great place to shop for the perfect gift  in celebration of Father’s Day. Forget the ties. Get him something he can really enjoy!

NEW For The Camping Dad! The Wagan Brite-Nite 3 Watt LED Spotlight Lantern is 10 times brighter than normal LEDs. The 3 watt LED main bulb uses new technology to produce up to 120 lumens for 3-4 hours of Spotlight run time, and up to 12 hours of Lantern run time.  This Brite-Nite trigger switches between spotlight and lantern and is protected by rubberized, shock-absorbing lens guard. Light beam is visible up to 1 mile away. Read more »

For The Dad That Loves To Entertain! An extremely versatile performer, the Leviton JBL 5.1 Channel Home Theater Speaker System is ideal for use in any application where — because of room space or functional considerations — an in-wall / in-ceiling installed home theater speaker solution is impractical but full performance is desired. The satellites can be mounted on walls or ceilings to open up as much living space as possible. Video magnetic shielding means that the satellites can be located right next to a TV screen without causing any problems. Read more »

For The Road Rules Dad! The Wagan Power Dome All-in-One emergency and outdoor companion can be used to jump start your car engine, pump your tires, or inflate sporting equipment. This power supply also has a radio, AC and DC power source, USB port, audio input socket, LED light, and a storage compartment. Note: Recommended to fully charge battery for 40-48 hours before initial use After the initial charge, charge the unit for 38 hours and/or every 2 to 3 months.  Read more »

For The Penny-Pinching Dad! The TrickleStar TV TrickleSaver reduces the standby energy consumed by TV accessories The product has built-in current sensing circuitry to sense when a TV is on or Off. When the TV is on the product will switch On all peripheral devices. Conversely when the TV is Off, the product will switch Off all accessories The product is easy to install and provides simple automation to reduce wasteful standby energy consumption. The product is suitable for residential and workplace applications. The product can be connected directly to equipment or connected to a standard electrical power strip with a number of connected devices. Read more »

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Are LED Fluorescent Tubes Ready for Prime Time?

Software Advice, a website that reviews software for electricians, is hosting a survey on LED vs fluorescent tubes. Specifically, they want to know if LEDs will become a standard replacement for fluorescent tubes.
So many LED tubes...but not all are the same...

So many LED tubes…but not all are the same…

There has been much debate over this recently, especially among electrical contractors. Rightfully so. LEDs promise to be more energy efficient, less harmful to the earth and more economical in the longrun than traditional fluorescent tubes. Yet there are many experts who think the technology isn’t ready for “prime time.” LED tubes are more expensive up front and improvements still need to be made in the strength of the lighting.
What do you think? Have you used LED tubes as a replacement for fluorescents? Do you think they will take the spot of fluorescents in the future? Voice your opinion by taking the survey at: Are LED Fluorescent Tubes Ready for Prime Time?

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Led Police Lights

Chris Dallman asked:

LED Police Lights have a great significance in alerting people and differentiating the police vehicles from the ordinary cars. You cannot spot a car whether it is a regular one or the police car, until and unless you see the police lights. These lights are being used since 1960s’ and are becoming very popular these days due to their excellent specifications.

Light Emitting Diodes

“Light Emitting Diodes” is the expansion for the abbreviation LED. In the world of electronics, LED’s accomplish numerous jobs. From digital clocks to remote controls, watches and lights, these LED’s are exercised in every field and gadget. As a point of fact, these LEDs’ are the light bulbs that work with the association of electrons and last long.

Most of the departments make use of LED Police Lights as the light that comes from the tiny LED bulbs is purely directional, so the light will fall at the object at which you aim it. It has been proven by the studies that the light of LEDs’ is analogous to the daylight and is much better than fluorescent bulbs. Usually, the light of halogen bulbs get scattered and due to the characteristic of directional light, most of the police lights use LEDs’.

LED Police Lights

The LED Police Lights use these semiconductor devices and produce light from the moving electrons. LED Police Lights are comparably much better than the halogen and fluorescent bulbs and don’t even shine unsteadily. These non flickering characteristics of the LED Police Lights make it extremely easy for the police officers to look for the evidences and other entities, even in the extreme gloomy conditions. The best part is that LED Police Lights are heat sensitive and last for longer durations with less consumption of energy.

Benefits of LED Police Lights

LED Police Lights have proved to be very beneficial. They are not only cost effective, but are also perfect energy savers. Some of its benefits are mentioned below.