The LED Takeover

More than 40 years ago, the creation of compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) was a great breakthrough in comparison to the age-old incandescent light bulb. Compared to incandescent lamps giving the same amount of visible light, CFLs use 75 percent less energy and last eight to 10 times longer (typically 5000 to 10,000 hours compared to 1000 to 2000). Switching from incandescent to CFL would save $40 over the life of each bulb, which could be significant for a building with thousands of bulbs throughout.

However, ironic as it is that an engineer from General Electric (GE) invented the CFL, GE will be leaving the North American CFL game this year to focus on a much bigger, better product – the LED.

LED-based lighting is now a mainstream technology that has been slowly replacing incandescent, halogen, and CFLs in commercial, industrial, and residential use. In fact, per a recent study by Goldman Sachs, LED sales are expected to overtake sales of incandescent and fluorescent lighting for the first time in 2017. The 50,000 hours of operational life for an LED lamp is far longer than the alternatives, reducing operational costs and safety hazards of regularly replacing a hard-to-reach lamp. LEDs also cost much less to operate and the brightness of the light emitted by a 10W LED lamp is roughly equivalent to a 60W incandescent bulb.

But wait a minute, why is a technology integrator diving into so much detail about the history of light bulbs? Bear with us, the answer will come in good time. For now, here’s a tid-bit to get you through:

It’s not just the energy and maintenance savings causing more organizations to choose LEDs. With the introduction of smart LED fixtures, we’re able to build more intelligent environments and utilize Power over Ethernet (PoE) and the Internet of Things (IoT) to capture data, helping organizations everywhere operate more efficiently and effectively.

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