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					The Revolution That Is LED Lighting - The Benefits of Using LEDs


A recent field trial of LED light fittings demonstrated the new
technology can deliver huge energy savings, reduce costs and makes
residents feel safer. The study, carried out by the Energy Saving Trust
(EST), measured the performance of more than 4,250 LED light fittings
installed at 35 sites, and it was calculated that the LED fittings saved
more than 3,000,000 kilowatt hours each year when compared with the
previous lighting.


Light-emitting diodes have been around for years. Traditionally, they
have been used as indicators on electrical devices, such as standby
lights on TVs. This was because LEDs were only available in red, but
recent advances means that other colours are now available, and the light
emitted is much brighter.

White light (used for general lighting) using LEDs can be created via a
number of techniques. One example is mixing red, green and blue LEDs.
LEDs can also last for up to 100,000 hours, compared with the 1,000 hours
of traditional incandescent light-bulbs and compact fluorescent lamps'
(CFLs) 15,000 hours. Not only saving on replacement costs of the fittings
and bulbs, but also vastly cutting down on the time spent in renewing and
replacing older conventional fittings.

The technology is also much more energy efficient, using up to 90% less
energy than incandescent bulbs.

The long lifespans and low energy use make LEDs economically attractive
because even though the fittings cost more, the running and maintenance
bills are lower.

Additionally the colour mix typically produced by   LEDs also produces a
more attractive, natural and comfortable lighting   environment, than
conventional lighting., and with the rising price   of electricity, the
high efficiencies of LED lighting technology will   make it an even more
attractive investment in the years ahead.

LEDs were once only used in a limited number of products, due to the fact
that the colours available were restricted, and it wasn't brought to
light that they could be utilised in a far more beneficial way, saving
money and energy in comparison to traditional lighting. An example of how
LEDs have been incorporated into modern society in exciting new ways, are
in ambient lighting and electric candles. They are indistinguishable from
real candles, but the flickering lighting effect is produced via LEDs, as
opposed to a burning flame. This opens up a whole world of opportunities,
as it completely removes any safety issues associated with a burning
flame, hence can be utilised in a variety of new ways.

Ikova are at the front the LED revolution, specialising in battery,
rechargeable, and low voltage lighting solutions, and offering a wide
range of electric candles and lamps, which are used throughout the
hospitality, catering, events and promotional markets.

Once source, a million possibilities..

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