LED lighting is frequently chosen over other lighting technologies for its numerous benefits, including longer life, lower energy usage and heat generation, and cost savings. In addition to these perks, LED lighting offers a full array of color temperatures, another significant improvement over other lighting alternatives – an improvement that can dramatically improve appearance and productivity. Color temperature comes from the work done by British physicist William Kelvin in the late 1800s, when he heated a carbon block and observed the color transition from a dim red to yellow, white, and then a bright blue as the temperature was increased. This method of describing and defining the color of light has been in use ever since.
LEDs can be produced in a multitude of colors. The LED color is determined by the material used in the semiconducting element and can be changed to emit the desired hue. The most common of these materials is aluminum gallium indium phosphide alloys for red, orange, and yellow LEDs, and indium gallium nitride alloys for green, blue, and white LEDs. These colors are often used for specific applications.
Take royal blue, for example. The Global Tech LED royal blue LED emits a designed wavelength between 440nm and 460nm, making it the optimal solution to supplement vegetative growth for indoor horticulture. Grow lights such as this one are effective in facilitating photosynthesis, either as a supplement to natural light for growing in winter when there are fewer hours of sunlight in a day, or as the primary source of light for indoor applications. These grow lights simulate the natural light spectrum and can even be tailored to the specific needs, in both spectrum output and intensity, of particular plant species to fully optimize the growing process.
Global Tech LED has also created a variety of LEDs with aquatic applications. One such application is sea turtle lighting. Light can be disruptive to sea turtles, but Global Tech LED has developed an amber LED module with a wavelength of 590nm that is nearly undetectable by sea turtles unless they can directly view the source. This module, combined with a specially designed directional control, ensures an efficient and focused lighting solution that is safe for sea turtles. Other aquatic uses include lighting aquariums for viewing interest, and for growing plants and coral. In fact, an independent test concluded that Global Tech LED aquarium lighting improved coral growth better than traditional lighting systems by more than 50 percent!
Retrofitting lighting needs with LED solutions is only increasing in popularity, and installations are expected to double by 2020. The superior environmental credentials, cost effectiveness, and horticultural and aquatic applications are part of this growing demand for LEDs. Global Tech LED produces custom color temperature LED solutions that are functional and efficient, while also delivering superior aesthetics for primary and accent lighting.
To learn more about Global Tech LED lighting solutions and how our dedicated team can solve your specific needs, visit us online at GlobalTechLED.com/specialty-colors.