LED technology has been rising in popularity and market share in recent years, the result of a greater appreciation for its benefits, coupled with a sharp decline in cost. The gains in energy efficiency associated with LED lighting are widely understood, and becoming more and more relevant as ecological thinking becomes a priority in all aspects of consumer and lifestyle decision making. What may be less apparent to some, however, is the broader range of benefits that LED technology offers, and the endless possibilities these capabilities present, both now and in the future. This article will answer the question; What is LED used for?
The Evolving Applications of LED Technology
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A Matter of Control
Compared to traditional incandescent lighting, LED lighting is exponentially more specific and controllable. While traditional lighting generally operates in two stages, off and on, LED lighting can be controlled in much more subtle ways. Of course, light exists across a spectrum, and LED lighting can be adjusted to emit light at more specific wavelengths, colors and tones, emphasizing blue, red or yellow light.
Seeing the Light: The Relationship Between Humans and the Light Spectrum
Given the relationship between humans and light, the malleable nature of LED has allowed for valuable innovations. Blue lighting combats fatigue by suppressing the release of melatonin in the human body. Conversely, red light allows for the release of melatonin, encouraging sleep. The benefits in institutions such as hospitals are obvious, as adjustments in lighting can help patients get much needed rest, or help nurses stay awake.
As LED lighting adjusts to the task at hand, it’s not necessarily a human’s finger taking control. LED lighting can adjust automatically, based on time of day, or the amount of natural light entering a room at a given point in time. Furthermore, lighting can be programmed to adjust based on the presence of people in the room. Through motion or heat detection, LED lighting will respond to human presence, and dim in our absence, creating a valuable efficiency with impacts both environmental and economic. As the Internet of Things continues to take hold, with houses, cars, smart phones and appliances all in constant contact, LED lighting will be at the forefront of this developing technological revolution. The concept of a smart city, where lighting solutions are fluid and strategic, will be one such use of LED’s capabilities.
LED Lighting in Agriculture: A Growing Trend
It goes without saying that agriculture is a fundamental necessity in our society, and–as populations grow and weather patterns shift–it is essential that the industry remain at the forefront of innovation. While the majority of our food continues to be grown under the sun, shifting seasons and erratic weather patterns have moved an increasing amount of our food production indoors. This, obviously, necessitates lighting, and LED’s aforementioned controllable properties make it ideal for the job. Just as various spectrums of light have different effects on humans, the same holds true for plant growth. LED lighting can be adjusted based on the crop and the stage of the growing season. Now that the pricing of LED lighting has come down, it’s usage in agriculture has grown dramatically.
A Bright Future
If you’ll pardon the pun, LED has a bright future. It is a key part of lo-fi wireless technology and a faster way of transmitting data. Its usage in vision systems, such as smart headlights, will only become more widespread. LED technology will allow for adjustable sunroofs, which will allow various amounts of light to enter the vehicle, responding automatically to weather conditions and driver preference. Bionic contact lenses will beam the computer screen straight into the human retina, while the fashion forward may light up the night with LED eyelashes (it’s a thing!)
Benefits On Display
Amid all of these innovations, let us not forget that LED lighting can be utilized to create some extremely attractive and inviting displays. LED displays are proven to attract the eye and influence behaviour, pulling clients and increasing sales. LIGHTVU is North America’s most innovative LED display manufacturer, and leaders in AV technology and signage for both indoor and outdoor purposes. Our LED displays present crisp, bright images, even in direct sunlight, and are backed by our commitment to one on one support. Contact us today and see how we can dazzle your clients with our innovative displays.
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