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ATEX and IEC Ex Flame-proof Explosion Proof Lighting & Equipment
Explosion Proof Lights
Explosion Proof Motors - Motors for Hazardous Locations
Industrial and Vaporproof Emergency Failsafe Lighting
Industrial Cord Reels and Tool Taps
Industrial Work Area Heaters
Machine Vision Lights
Megatower™
QC Series Industrial Portable Lighting - Quick Change Mount
Rig Lights
Stadium lights
String Lights and Temporary Light Stringers
Tank Cleaning Lights
Three Phase Motor Soft Starters
Vapor Proof LED Lights
Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs)
Vehicle Mounting Plates
Workboat Light Fixtures & Lighting Equipment
Yacht Engine Room Lights
Color Changing LED RGB Lighting
Explosion Proof Cord Reels
GOLIGHT Spotlights
Larson FUTURE - Lease Lighting
Remote Area Lighting and Scene Lights
Utility Bucket Mount, Receiver Hitch & Trailer Mount Lighting
Aevum Control Lighting and Equipment - IIoT
Butane and Solvent Extraction Room Lighting and Equipment
DC to DC Transformers and Power Supplies
Explosion Proof Fans & Blowers
Explosion Proof Paint Spray Booth Approved Lights
Explosion Proof String Lights
Explosion Proof Switchgear & Controls
Fleet Service Lights and Lighting Equipment
Industrial Equipment Trailers
Industrial Handlamps & Droplights
ISO 14644/FS-209E Clean Room Lighting
LED Blasting Lights
Night Time Fishing Lights
Portable AC Power Supply Units
Portable Power Distribution Panels
Power Distribution Panels with KVA Transformers
Self-Contained Lighting
Service Pit Lighting
Solar Generators & Solar Powered Lighting
Agricultural Farm Equipment Lighting & Beacons
Explosion Proof Cameras & Surveillance Systems
Explosion Proof Emergency Lights
Explosion Proof Heaters
Garage & Gas Station Canopy Lights
LED Grow Lights
LED Lights
NDT Ultraviolet Lights
Portable Hazardous Location Lighting
Radio Communication Towers and Equipment
Salt Water Processing Equipment
Shelter & Tent Lighting
Thermal Monitoring Cameras and Systems
48V LED Equipment Lights
ATEX Rated Explosion Proof Lights
Automotive Lighting
Class Rated Signals, Alarms, and Systems
Hazardous Location Area Lights and Portable Lighting
HID Equipment Lights
Hot Work Permit Lighting and Equipment
Hunting Lights
Industrial lasers
Industrial Transformers
Light Towers
Outdoor Lighting
Remote Security and Surveillance Systems
Temporary Construction Lights
Vehicle Mounted Spotlights
Equipment & Heavy Machinery LED Light Package Fitouts
Phase Converters - Single to Three Phase
Marine Shore Power Cords and Equipment
24 Volt Military Lights
Disaster Relief / First Responders / Search & Rescue Lighting
Plastic Handcuff Key
110/120 Volt Flood Lights
Post Mount Spotlights
Magnetic Work Lights
Crank-up Light Masts
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Intrinsically Safe Lights
Military Flashlights
LED Waterproof Lanterns
Work Area Lights
12 Volt Flood Lights
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Boat Spotlights
New Boat Lights
HID Boat Lights
Boat Dock Lights
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Remote Control Lights
Control Lights
Tow Lights
Magnetic Control Lights
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NEW Lights and New Products
Evaporative Coolers
Police Equipment
AC/DC Transformers
Power Supplies
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Military Spotlights 24V
Infrared Filters, Covert Covers, and Blackout IR Lenses
Military Equipment
Ultralife Batteries
Remote Control Pan Tilt Base
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Larson Electronics Spotlights
Larson Electronics Parts
Replacement Lamps
Cords - Brackets
Portable Wheeled Generators
Non-Hazardous Location Extension Cords / Plugs / Outlets
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HID Work Lights
HID Dive Lights
HID Off Road Lights
Acro Lights HID Lights
Halogen Lights
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Acro Light Flashlight
Xenon HID Flashlights
Powerlight Flashlight
HID Flashlights
Xenon Flashlights
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LED Status Lights
Forklift Lights
Tractor Lights
HID Post Mount Lights
Roof Mount Lights
Post Mount Light parts
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Flashlight Holder
Magnet Spotlight Base
Tripods-Magnetic Base
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Recharging Spotlights
Fire Rescue Lights
LED Street Lights
Utility Lights
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Hazard Lights
Strobe Lights - Battery Operated
Strobes & Beacons
Strobe Light Bars
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Headlights - Headlamps - Hard Hat Lights
Flashlights
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Suction Mount Lights
Magnetic Spotlights
12/24 Volt Spotlights
Gifts For Men
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New 12 / 24 Volt Lights
Explosion Proof Accessories and Replacement Parts
Explosion Proof Lighting
Explosion Proof Hand Lamps (Drop Lights)
Explosion Proof Lights - Stand/Dolly
Explosion Proof Tank Lights
Explosion Proof Phones and Intercoms
Explosion Proof Extension Cords
Black Friday & Cyber Monday Specials
Crane Lights
Explosion Proof Light Rentals
General Light Rentals
Light Tower and Light Plant Rentals
Power Distribution Rentals
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Power Plant Lighting
Refinery lights
Environmental Services Lights
Aerospace Lights
Chemical Plant Lights
Food Grade Safe Lights
Film and Entertainment Lights
Handheld Meters and Devices
Waste Water Treatment Lights
Mining Lights
Ship Yard Lights
Work Site Lighting
         

   
05/06/11 The Versatility of LEDs behind Their Popularity

There should no longer be any doubt about the rising dominance of LEDs in the lighting industry today. With no end in sight to rising energy costs and everyone from corporate heads to the public consumer looking to trim energy use and thus expense, the efficiency of LEDs is simply too promising to ignore. Certainly LEDs are still more expensive to purchase than incandescent bulbs initially, but considered in the long view this initial expense is misleading, with LEDs ending up being much more cost effective in the long run. With LEDs using less energy, producing more light, and lasting up to twenty times longer than traditional light bulbs, there is simply no longer any reason to continue using the outdated and obsolete incandescent light bulb.

Part of the popularity of LEDs can be attributed to their extreme versatility as well as extreme efficiency. Although they use only a quarter as much energy to produce the same amount of light as an incandescent light bulb, this is not the bottom line for the LEDs potential. Because of their small size, low power requirements and the ability to produce LEDs in specific colors without the need for lenses or special coatings, LEDs are finding use in applications that have little to do with actual general purpose lighting and are becoming a favorite in niche’ specific lighting applications as well. In addition to being more efficient, durable and long lasting, LEDs respond quickly to applied current and are an “instant on” light source. This means that LEDs are well suited to applications where precise control and fast response are critical, such as vehicle brake lights, signage and displays, and even industrial applications like machine visioning systems.

Other specific applications demonstrate the versatility of the LED by combining and utilizing all of their traits to produce a light source that fulfills several roles, all while still outperforming traditional incandescent in every normal aspect of general illumination use. One example is marine lighting where illumination serves several critical functions besides simple general illumination. Marine craft like boats, barges and military ships use lighting for everything from general purpose lighting to communication and identification. Even the everyday boater is presented with instances where lighting plays a significant role in the safe operation of their watercraft. In commercial marine applications, lighting can act to inform other nearby boats of a ship’s current activities. A commercial ship trawling for example shows a green light over white while a fishing ship shows red over white, each of which indicates to other boats that they should keep well clear. There are several such variations on this lighting premise and each communicates to nearby boats the ships' status. Traditionally, in order to create such colored lighting combinations it was necessary to have several different colored lights configured for specific operations and operate them independently. With LEDs it is now possible to incorporate two, three or even four colors into one light, cause a light to dim, brighten or even flash at a specific rate, and control the lights operation electronically.

A Larson Electronics LEDLB-24SD-C LED Light Emitter for example can not only serve as a colored indicator or status light, but be connected to an external controller that allows the unit to be dimmed or flashed at specific rates as the operator desires. White versions of these LED emitters demonstrate even more versatility as they can be mounted high on masts or canopy’s for use as all around area lights with high power and effectiveness, then electronically commanded to dim for use as anchor lights or strobe in emergency situations. Rather than require a specific unit for each function and thus several separate fixtures along with all the associated wiring and hardware, LEDs allow a single unit to fill several functions while still outperforming the incandescent in each function.

In military and official applications LEDs are quickly replacing mechanically operated incandescent light bars as the lighting of choice. Traditional overhead and warning light bars have previously used a stationary incandescent bulb around which a reflector was rotated to produce the typical strobing flash effect associated with law enforcement vehicles. Although effective, such light bars consumed a great deal of power and were bulky and heavy. LEDs, however, can be electronically controlled to produce a precisely defined strobing flash at any desired rate and in any color needed without the need for mechanical reflector apparatus or colored lenses. The small size of the LEDs and the lack of mechanical moving parts greatly reduces the size of these units as well as the amount of power they consume while producing stronger and more effective signaling light.

In military applications the above remains true, however, there are even more applications where LEDs are being incorporated with great success. Made famous in movies, night vision technology at its highest and most effective levels remains almost entirely the domain of the military. Although older night vision technology is indeed available to the public, the best and most powerful equipment remains reserved solely for military use. Even then best night vision equipment is limited though and in many instances a covert light source in the form of infrared light is required. Although invisible to the naked eye, infrared light acts as visible light when paired with night vision technology, allowing military units to effectively illuminate targets and objects without being observed. LEDs expand on this ability by providing lighting equipment capable of producing light in both the visible and infrared range, allowing military vehicles and personnel to carry a single visible and IR light source rather than several.

These are only a small fraction of the ways in which LEDs are being applied to applications traditionally the realm of the incandescent light bulb. Suffice it to say, LEDs are finding their way into our televisions, computers, phones and even the tableside lamps in our homes, all with great success. As LEDs continue to improve technologically and become more affordable, expect them to become the dominant form of lighting everywhere. In fact, current legislation is dictating an absolute end to production of the incandescent light bulb within the next ten years, so it is not so much a matter of if LEDs become dominant anymore and only a matter of when.





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