A Brief History of LED Technology
After almost 75 years of relatively few lighting innovations, recent developments in the area of Light Emitting Diodes have propelled that technology into the commercial application space. Advances in driver design and miniaturization have solved long-standing heat dissipation issues. In 2006, Shuji Nakamura's invention of high-brightness blue and white LEDs secured the ability to consistently and reliably deliver a flicker-free, brilliantly white light—for tens of thousands of hours. In 2009, Colin Humphreys' fusion technology research led to a tenfold increase in the number of LEDs on a single wafer, reducing production costs by as much as 90%. These developments led to a cost point where commercial and industrial users could reap substantial lighting cost savings in as few as two years. That's when BG Tech Inc. came on board with a focus on developing innovative LED tube-based products.
Advantages of the Technology
Compared to fluorescent technology, LED technology is light years ahead. There are three major advantages to LED technology: The quality of the light is far superior, the energy savings are impressive, and the environmental benefits are significant. Key LED advantages include the following:
- LED lighting is up to four times more energy efficient than conventional lighting;
- Every component in an LED tube is recyclable, eliminating conventional tube waste;
- It is more health friendly—LED technology eliminates stroboflashing (flickering) that causes headaches, punishes many migraine sufferers or promotes eye irritation and fatigue;
- The elimination of harmful IR and UV emissions;
- It contains no mercury, lead or toxins, and therefore does not need to be handled as a hazardous material;
- Its new driver technology produces very little heat;
- It has no ballast, which means a journeyman electrician is not required for servicing;
- It's maintenance free;
- The tube assembly is virtually unbreakable under normal conditions;
- Customizing the form factor for specific applications is limitless;
- LED light is highly directional, ensuring that light utilization is maximized.