One of the first things many students learn about in science class is the invention of the light bulb. The incandescent light bulb, popularized by Thomas Edison and other inventors, passes electricity through a wire filament until the wire becomes so hot it produces visible electromagnetic radiation (visible light). While the incandescent light bulb was a radical disrupter that helped spur the growth of cities and millions of other applications, it’s proved to be inefficient compared to today’s technology.
Governments around the world are now instituting new laws and provisions that require lighting to be much more energy efficient. For example, The Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA), passed in 2007, requires that new lighting fixtures be at least 25% more efficient. To achieve these measures without sacrificing brightness, manufacturers have turned to an exciting technology known as the Light Emitting Diode (LED). LEDs offer the most exciting lighting solution available.
These new bulbs are nearly twice as efficient than alternative options (155 lumens per watt compared to 79 lumens per watt for metal halide) and often last more than 25 times as long. Over the course of an LED’s lifetime, this difference can result in massive savings. In real-life terms, if you were to take a 400 Watt Metal Hallide bulb and replace it with Global Tech LED’s Solstice 5498, you could see savings of $140 per year. That is a payback period of just 1.4 years. Using Global Tech LED’s 5-6-1 Energy Saver Program, savings will increase to $200 per year with a payback period of 1.02 years. These are the numbers that are leading customers to realize the benefits of retrofitting to LED lighting. In addition to their longevity, LEDs are also intriguing because they offer a variety of different colored lighting options.
To fully appreciate and utilize this technology, it is important to understand just how LED’s work. Solid State Lighting (also known as LEDs) were first invented in 1962 by General Electric researcher Nick Holonyak, Jr. His technology used very small light bulbs that were illuminated by the movement of electrons on a semiconductor chip. Using two leads (diode), electrons release energy in the form of luminescence (electroluminescence). While this technology was first used for red indicator lights, it was quickly improved and adapted for a variety of other settings and color ranges. Now, Light Emitting Diodes are used in everything from computers to commercial lighting fixtures. LEDs last longer, come in a variety of colors, are more efficient, and are more durable than traditional light bulbs. One of the pioneers in LED retrofit technology is Global Tech LED. Global Tech LED was founded in 2008 after several years of independent research and development.
With over 50 years of combined lighting and executive experience, Global Tech LED has quickly grown from a small private company into a multimillion dollar organization that supports commercial lighting needs across the world. Global Tech LED specializes in LED retrofit kits and new fixtures for commercial and industrial lighting applications. Instead of trying to create new fixtures for every bulb that needs replaced, we specialize in creating awesome LED’s that can plug right into existing hardware. We pride ourselves on manufacturing our products in the United States, providing superior service, and demonstrating thought leadership within the LED industry.
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