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The Future of LED Lighting

Posted on October 1, 2020 by Hugh Kollosche
LED lighting technology has been around for decades. Early LEDs were first used as replacements for indicator lamps in expensive equipment, but later saw use in appliances, eventually found in common everyday items like TVs, watches and light bulbs, to name just a few. An LED light bulb is smaller, has a longer lifespan and consumes less energy than traditional bulbs. They are ideal for both residential and commercial applications. Thanks to the latest advances in LED technology, LED bulbs offer efficient lighting at cost-effective prices. Here are the innovations helping propel LED lighting into the future:

LED filament bulbs

Typical LED light bulbs use flat chip-based LEDs to emit light. However, manufacturers have since found a way to arrange these LED chips vertically to mimic a traditional filament bulb. They look exactly like their vintage counterparts with an LED twist. LED filament bulbs claim to have lifespans of up to 50,000 hours and 120 lumens per watt illumination. These LED bulbs appeal to people who want to achieve a retro/vintage style for their home or office, with the modern day advantages of LEDs.

Human-centric lighting

Light can be an important part of improving a person’s wellbeing. It can also help in the prevention of some diseases and the promotion of the healing process. Human-centric lighting through LED technology aims to help improve a person’s emotional and biological processes. Some of the benefits of human-centric LED lights include better sleep/wake cycles, Circadian rhythms and overall mood. Using human-centric lights can be of benefit to the education, health and industrial sectors as well.

Personal wireless lighting

Given the benefits of LED lighting, manufacturers have developed technology geared towards personalisation. Combining intuitive technology with LED lighting, personal wireless lighting puts the power of illumination in anyone’s hands. It can help improve a person’s mood, be informed about the weather, wake up feeling refreshed and even protect homes. It is tailor-fit lighting to suit any need.

Cloud-based smart lighting

With so much of technology is now cloud-centric, it makes sense that LED lighting is not far behind. Manufacturers have now developed cloud-based LED lights to provide smart lighting solutions. Several cities, such as Los Angeles in the United States, have adopted this technology to deliver quality lighting to residents. Through web and cloud-based technology, the technology can monitor each street light and its power consumption. Los Angeles will not only have pedestrian-friendly streets, it can also save on maintenance costs. In the future, cloud-based smart lighting could also be adopted for home or office use.

Visual light communication (Li-Fi)

Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are the most popular methods of wireless communication. Almost every smart device on the market today has these included as standard. However, both technologies utilise radio waves to communicate, which can be slow at times. To solve the issue of slow connectivity, researchers turned to LED bulbs as a communication alternative. Visual light communication, or Li-Fi, uses light to communicate and transmit data. No need for cables, wires or radio waves. Compared to Wi-Fi, this alternative is also more secure as only devices recognised by the Li-Fi router can use it. Other devices cannot connect or piggyback on the connection. In addition, the technology is not affected by RF-emitting equipment such as radios or microwaves. The future of LED lighting is indeed “bright”. This is some of the exciting new technology which will help pave the way for a better tomorrow. If you are in the market for LED lights, visit Discount Lighting. We have a wide variety of lighting solutions for all your needs. Visit our website for more information.