Singapore, 8th March 2011

There is some LED craze going on in this world… It feels like I keep blogging about it. Originally LED lighting started as a small signalling or indicating light source. But since the breakthrough in technology made it possible to dramatically improve its performance it became a tool for many “real” lighting applications both in architectural as in events lighting. When the creation of “true” white light became possible with LED technology it became even more a must do/ have lighting source in our day to day lighting needs. Certainly with the ever-increasing social consciousness in regards to global warming and the need to reduce carbon emissions and thus the power consumption for lighting.    

It looks like we have come full circle now with LED making inroads in applications that really don’t need any lighting but where the LED has become more of a gadget. I Googled LED innovations as part of my research for a project and was amazed with what I found. LED eye lashes, LED mouth guards, LED Bikini’s, LED umbrella’s, LED tattoo’s (!), LED shoes and clothes, LED clothes pegs, LED wine bottles, LED music instruments…and the list goes on and on.

How far do we go with this LED craze? Gadgets can be fun, admitted, but somehow there should be an element of usefulness in innovations? At least that is my thought. There is already so much rubbish in this world that we can certainly do without a lot of it.

The reason I was looking up LED innovations was to see if there are any new clever ideas in applying LED’s to make our daily life more enjoyable, more comfortable, more practical or more special. Often we look at ways to make our project unique and recognisable by introducing a feature lighting element and logically searching for some new and interesting LED applications is one of the options…I just did not expect what I found J

In Light Watch today I somehow want to honour innovation and specifically the speed of LED innovation but I am not sure to what extent… This is just a snapshot grabbed from the net of one area but as I mentioned there is much more…let me know if you have any really innovative (and useful) LED innovation… 

Light Watch 47: LED gadgets

08. March 2011 by Martin Klaasen
Categories: light watch, lighting and culture, lighting applications | 1 comment

One Comment

  1. Thanks for sharing this. I would like to add few to your list.

    1. Ecologically Friendly – LED Lighting Is Much More Eco-Friendly
    LED lights are free of toxic chemicals. Most conventional fluorescent lighting bulbs contain a multitude of materials like e.g mercury that are dangerous for the environment.

    LED lights contain no toxic materials and are 100% recyclable, and will help you to reduce your carbon footprint by up to a third. The long operational life time span mentioned above means also that one LED light bulb can save material and production of 25 incandescent light bulbs. A big step towards a greener future!

    2. Durable Quality – LED Illumination Can Withstand Rough Conditions
    LEDs are extremely durable and built with sturdy components that are highly rugged and can withstand even the roughest conditions.

    Because LED lights are resistant to shock, vibrations and external impacts, they make great outdoor lighting systems for rough conditions and exposure to weather, wind, rain or even external vandalism, traffic related public exposure and construction or manufacturing sites.

    3. Zero UV Emissions – LED Lighting Features Close to No UV Emissions
    LED illumination produces little infrared light and close to no UV emissions.

    Because of this, LED lighting is highly suitable not only for goods and materials that are sensitive to heat due to the benefit of little radiated heat emission, but also for illumination of UV sensitive objects or materials such a in museums, art galleries, archeological sites etc.

    4. Operational in Extremely Cold or Hot Temperatures
    LED are ideal for operation under cold and low outdoor temperature settings. For fluorescent lamps, low temperatures may affect operation and present a challenge, but LED illumination operates well also in cold settings, such as for outdoor winter settings, freezer rooms etc.

    5. Low-Voltage – LED Lighting Can Run on Low-Voltage Power Supply
    A low-voltage power supply is sufficient for LED illumination. This makes it easy to use LED lighting also in outdoor settings, by connecting an external solar-energy source and is a big advantage when it comes to using LED technology in remote or rural areas.

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