Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Inventing the Light Bulbs of the Future

In the world of technology, drastic change is the norm. If you place a ten-year old cell phone next to a modern iPhone, the differences are jarring in both appearance and performance. However, one earth-shaking technology has remained nearly unchanged for over 130 years. Up until recently, if you bought a light bulb for your home or office, be it incandescent, CFL or Halogen, you were getting roughly the same technology Thomas Edison invented in 1879. Could you imagine if that was the case with your TV, phone, or computer? While Edison’s light bulb concept is still successfully illuminating the world, there has been a recent push to do the unthinkable…reinvent the light bulb.

The LED Revolution  

Light-emitting diodes, commonly known as LEDs, have been around since the early 1960s. Over the past few years, LED light bulbs have become the cutting-edge technology in the world of lighting. While LEDs in many forms have been popular in commercial and industrial applications, they are only now breaking into the retail light bulb market. Many of the advances that are building the multi-million LED light bulb industry didn’t come out of the labs of a corporate behemoth, but in fact were born at Louisiana State University.

In 2010, two LSU students, Bin Yu and Leo Zhao, teamed up with LSU’s business incubator program to create a home-use LED light bulb. Yu and Zhao have taken existing LED technology, in this case, LED tubes that are found in commercial LED strip lights, and fashioned them into an energy-efficient home bulb. According to their website, their HITLight bulbs use about 20% of the energy of traditional lighting and last up to 50,000 hours with the appearance of the classic light bulb. At this point, the only draw back to LED light bulbs is cost, with the HITLight costing $9 per bulb. However, when you factor in the energy saved and long life span, LEDs save money in the long haul.

At Bulb Direct, we are always looking to stay on the cutting-edge of lighting technology, which is why we are proud to stock a wide variety of LED lighting solutions. If you are curious to learn more about LED lighting technology and the creation of the HITLight bulb, please feel free to contact us directly today.

Monday, December 1, 2014

LED Rebates: Don’t Miss Out!

You’ve probably heard about the long-term energy savings of using LED bulbs, but you may not know that many utilities have programs in place to encourage their use. Rebates on LED bulbs and fixtures can make your costs negligible and preserve vital electric resources.

With the darker days of winter and the holiday season soon upon us, we’ll all be using lights more. By taking advantage of the rebate programs, you can now switch from conventional lighting systems to energy-efficient LEDs at minimal cost. You save money, energy and the bother of replacing bulbs frequently.

To qualify for the rebate, the products you purchase must have ENERGY STAR® or Design Lights Consortium (DLC) designation. Rebates are offered by the utility companies in your area. You can search for rebates by local utility, or click here for a full list of the rebates offered nationally. You can typically search by category, product, and/or zip code.

As the price of LED bulbs continues to go down, so do the rebates. Now may be the perfect time to look into replacing your energy-hogging incandescent bulbs with LEDS both indoors and out.

And the sooner you start using LEDs, the greater your savings will be over time – and the higher the rebate!

Bulb Direct can help you choose the right LED bulb for your everyday and specialty needs. We’re just a click or a phone call away!