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A Little LED History

The first light emitting diodes were seen in different types of industrial automation equipment primarily food processing, manufacturing, and oil rig indicator switches which would serve simple ON | OFF functions along with ERROR indicators that were set off by simple resistors on pcb boards. LEDs have become a standard replacement our traditional neon indicators. The technology from the first uses of LED to present day innovations is comparable to the era of analog phones to smart phones in once the technology was accepted the innovations and different applications and need for our environmentally friendly LED's took off at an exponential rate. The last phase before the big hit was when the LCD was phased out on some consumer electronics and was introduced into the signage market with the option of illumination being red, blue, green, and later amber. RGB ( Red, Blue, Green) controller boards and LED Drivers implemented by big names such as Cree, Nichnia, and Power Intergrations opened our world to the next era of lighting and illumination. Research, Innovative design engineering, and manufacturers experimenting with the materials used to make LED's advanced at warp speed resulting in the lumen efficacy comparable as the new standard for incandescent, commercial metal halide, sodium bulb, induction....well all types of  high-power mercury containing residential and industrial illumination.

LED Light Bulbs

Examples of LED Bulbs for Residential Applications

Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) are simply curly versions of the fluorescent lights used to help save energy. Name Brand CFL's save 55% of lighting energy. Led save 90%. They use less electricity than traditional incandescents, typical CFLs can pay for themselves in less than nine months. An ENERGY STAR-qualified CFL uses about a quarter of the energy that an incandescent bulb does in its lifetime and lasts ten times longer. The lumen efficacy is the same in residential and commercial applications. CFL bulbs come in different colors including warm tones that were not as available when first introduced. Some are encased in a cover to diffuse the light and provide a familiar shape to the bulbs you are used to. They are not dimmable where as led lights are. They have a built in remote that is assembled together with heat sink and bulb. They are ready to go as soon as you screw them in. LED light Bulbs DO NOT Produce large amounts of heat. CFL's do which puts extra load of work on HVAC Systems during the summer. Higher energy cost result when using CFL Bulbs. The ultimate pro to switching to LED's instead or from CFL's is due to LED's being 100% mercury free and can be easily disposed of where as with CFL's require elevated licensing to handle the broken bulbs as HAZMAT due to their mercury content of approximately 60 mg per bulb.

Led Bulbology Featured Suppliers

We have put together a list of companies that provide LED Fixtures. The list is not placement by $'s but has been the experience of our staff from anonymous dealings with LED manufacturers and suppliers that have the longest lasting product, best power supply, best LED (Light Emitting Diode) and customer service and custom retrofitting applications to match their innovations.

We also promote the use and implementation of all Energy Star Certified and
DLC Approved Lighting.

LED Products are guaranteed for 2 years from the time you purchase them on average. Government based offers energy incentives to upgrade and switch your commercial and residential lighting that is included on the QPL list.

LED Lighting

LED Residential Spot Lights

Conventional Lighting Generates a large amount of heat. The average Temp of an incandescent light after just 30 minutes is between 250-305°. A LED Light after being on for 24 hours is around 80°. To reference that comparison: an incandescent light is comparible to boiling water; where as, a LED Light is comparable to a spring day. LED Lights convert almost all of the electrical energy into light which saves money when trying to cool a building. The additional savings from reduced air conditioning demand, could generate as much as an additional 50% savings in operating LED Lighting versus Fluorescent lamps.

What is 50,000 hours?

LED Light Bulbs

Lighting represents 26% of the energy consumed in a building. You will save 90% of your lighting bill by switching to LED Lighting. Running a 65 watt light for 50,000 hours would cost $325.00 in electricity alone. LED Bulbs use only 12 watts. Running the 12 watt LED Bulb for 50,000 hours will cost only $60.00. Labor expense is reduced greatly because you are changing your bulb every 50,000 hours versus the usual 1500 hours. That is at 6 hours per day, every day, an LED light would Last for nearly 23 years!


October 15, 2011 at 3:32 pm

The DLC is a collaboration between utility companies and regional energy efficiency organizations committed to raising awareness of the benefits of efficient lighting. Its goal is to ensure that high quality energy efficient lighting design becomes commonplace in all lighting installations.

January 3, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Day after day, we are committed to leaving future generations a safer, more inviting public environment, since we believe that peace and social harmony are the result of respect and esteem for oneself, for others and for the environment.

February 15, 2012 at 11:38 am

The DesignLights™ Consortium ("DLC") Qualified Products List ("QPL") Members support only high-quality, high-performing commercial LED products.

March 9, 2012 at 9:42 am
Design Lights Consortium

Skylighting offers an opportunity to provide excellent lighting quality, high illumination levels, and substantial energy savings for your commercial clients.

May 25, 2012 at 1:37 pm

The qualified products list is a resource for program administrators, to help them decide which solid state lighting products to include in their energy efficiency promotions. Their primary reference tool for SSLs is ENERGY STAR, however the regional list fills in gaps in categories which ENERGY STAR does not include.

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