LEDs established as the future of lightingEvery sparkie will have noticed that clients are increasingly demanding LED lighting for their properties. As costs have come down in recent years, the popularity of these products has increased.

As businesses and home owners all clamour to get the most energy efficient lighting solution, LEDs have become a mainstream product. These systems are a long way from the small diodes that you probably worked with back in school.

So what is going on in the world of LEDs and how is this changing the sort of work that electricians are undertaking? Here are some of the biggest recent developments.

LEDs a bright idea

It isn’t just sparkies who have picked up on the potential of LEDs, with this technology earning the inventors of blue LEDs the Nobel prize in Physics this year.

Even though blue LEDs have now been around for 20 years, the importance of this development has now been recognised by the biggest prize in the scientific world. Unlike winners in previous years, this technology is something which everyone has in their homes – with LEDs appearing in a whole host of everyday appliances, not least of all in home lighting.

In awarding the prize, the decision committee noted the significant benefits this technology has offered.

“As about one fourth of world electricity consumption is used for lighting purposes, the LEDs contribute to saving the Earth’s resources,” The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences stated in a press release.

“Incandescent light bulbs lit the 20th Century; the 21st century will be lit by LED lamps.”

Street lighting heads into the future

While Sweden might seem like a million miles away for most electricians, the changeover to LEDs is occurring across many different sectors.

In Queensland, a state famous for its sunshine, LEDs are also rapidly overtaking traditional lighting sources for street lights at night. The Brisbane City Council is currently in the process of changing over 25,000 streetlights from older lighting options to LED solutions.

These upgrades began in 2013 and have been ongoing across different parts of the city. In October alone, 19 suburbs have been partially or completely moved onto LED lighting.

While these improvements mean that driving at night underneath a string of orange street lamps is likely to be a thing of the past, these changes will make a big difference for city energy use. The new LED bulbs are estimated to use only 40 per cent of the power that the old lights used.

This is expected to shave 2.5 per cent off the Brisbane City Council’s energy use, while still providing the same level of lighting. With LED lights lasting longer than existing lighting products, this change will also reduce ongoing replacements of the city’s street lights.

What’s the future?

As LEDs replace street lamps and turn up in an increasing number of homes, the question is – what’s next?

Well there is no shortage of cutting-edge research into LEDs and alternative lighting sources.

Companies are now developing LED lighting solutions that can replace a variety of existing products, with recently announced devices to replace the fluorescent lighting tubes that sit in just about every office space in the country.

Other companies are developing LED products that are flat and look like tiles, allowing light to be introduced to a space without relying on a set of holes in the ceiling. These inventive solutions are only going to increase the number of designs appearing in Australian homes.

As the range of lighting options increases to include different sizes and uses, the versatility of LED lighting is only going to grow in future years.

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