Like it or not, thanks to government regulation and consumer demand, Thomas Alva Edison’s incandescent light bulb is heading for the land of disused technology along with VHS tapes, audio cassettes, and not-so-flat-screen low-definition TV sets. That leaves modern day consumers with the need to switch their day to day light purchases from traditional light bulbs to the somewhat controversial and sometimes problematic CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps) or LED lighting
The Lighting Revolution
LED stands for “light-emitting diode” and it is a technology we all see on a daily basis. It first became popularly known thanks to the once ubiquitous digital watches of the 1970s and 1980s. Within a few years, the watches would be somewhat déclassé — writer Douglas Adams was particularly fond of poking fun at them in his Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy — but they would eventually return to some degree as a retro phenomenon.
Today, of course, LED technology is used in countless formats, most especially including LED light bulbs. Though smaller LED lights are often used for more decorative functions, standard bulbs have many advantages over competing CFLs. LED bulbs do not contain the potentially harmful gases of mercury and halogen. Moreover, they cast a quality of light many prefer to the often harsh glare of CFLs, which are often all-too reminiscent of the type of office lighting nobody loves. They also last a great deal longer than CFLs and incandescents.
LED lights for cars can do pretty much anything other light bulbs do, but they do it better and more attractively. They are even used to mimic the power of the sun as grow lights for all kinds of indoor plants. They also adorn the front of cars and motorcycles where they often combine the functions of decoration and illumination, helping drivers to both see and be seen.
Let’s face it. When it comes to lighting, those old light-emitting diodes of the seventies are the wave of the future.
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