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									Appropriate LED Lights: A Colorful Future

Chances are, you already know that LED (light-emitting diodes) bulbs perform quite well in flashlights.
You might even know how well they do for indicator lights, computers, uplighters, bike lights and signs.
But are you aware of the fact that recent technological advancements may have brought us to a
revolution in LED lighting for the home?

General Electric, after recently coming through with a thermal design breakthrough, has introduced a
40-watt LED bulb for use in everyday home lighting. Another breakthrough in design helped in
spreading out the light from the normally unidirectional LED bulbs. The bulbs are encased in a plastic
casing that has a series of fins that spreads the bulbs’ light over the entire room. LED lights still don’t
disperse the light out as well as fluorescent tubes, but they’re getting better at it.

LED lights have several advantages over fluorescent lighting. LED's, unlike compact fluorescent's (CFLs),
contain no mercury, which CFL tubes emit when they shatter. LED bulbs aren’t as likely to shatter as
fluorescent tubes, and their life is much longer.

LED's reach full lumination instantly when you turn them on, and they work much better in cool places
than fluorescent lights do. Unlike fluorescent tubes, LED bulbs aren’t affected by being turned on and
off frequently. LED's are smaller and can come in just about any shape. And LED lights are even more
energy-wise than fluorescent lights.

Manufacturers have been showing progress in solving the main problems with using LED's in home
lighting: the low energy lighting, the cost and the one-directional nature of LED light. An additional
negative with LED's bulbs is that they fade or can fail altogether in high temperatures. Also, they’re
susceptible to changes in either voltage or current.

But LED's g9 bulb are clearly better than incandescent and fluorescent lights in certain applications.
LED's are great for flashlights because the bulbs last a long time and they drain batteries much more

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slowly than incandescents. LED's work efficiently in cold temperatures, and they focus light quite well.
LED's are reliable in camping, bike-riding and other portable conditions, because they don’t shatter
when you drop them, nor do they burn out suddenly, the way incandescent bulbs do.

Unlike fluorescent and incandescent lights, LED lights, when used as coloured lights, don’t require
coloured filters. That, in combination with their low heat output and small size, is why LED's are so
popular for Christmas lights or indicator lights.

The primary obstacle for consumers in using led lights for homes has been the high cost, particularly
when compared to incandescent bulbs. But that might soon be changing.

In an energy initiative, the U.S. Congress recently passed a resolution calling for the phase-out of
energy-gobbling incandescent household bulbs, beginning in 2012. Congress also voted to award a prize
of $10 million to the company that comes up with the first good LED bulb to replace the standard 60-
watt incandescent.

Two brands of 60-watt LED household bulbs will be introduced soon. The new age in home lighting is
almost here.

The future of LED lighting looks very luminous, indeed.

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