Archive for September, 2012

Six unconventional uses for LED lights

LED Lights are becoming an ideal choice for home owners because of their energy-saving techniques that fail to reduce the excellent quality that emits from them.

However, LEDs are also versatile and their functionality makes them an ideal lighting solution for a number of different applications in and outside the home.

This article will list some of the more unconventional uses of LED lights and some that you may be slightly surprised by – from the strange to the damn right bizarre.

LED Throwies

As with a number of the applications of LEDs on this list, you may be left feeling ‘What is the point of these?’ Admittedly, I’m not really sure either. Nevertheless, they look kind of cool.


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Throwies consist of a small LED attached to a coin battery and a tapped on magnet. The idea – as you may be able to tell from the name – is that these bright and colourful LED lights can be thrown on a number of surfaces and therefore be used to make some pretty patterns.

Plant Growth

While LED lights have been commended for their quality output, less is known about their ability to act as an artificial light for plant growth. According to research, LED lights are capable of matching the light spectrum needed to compliment photosynthesis. Because LEDs are also flexible in which direction they can focus on, there is no need for reflective material and the light can be shined directly on to the plantation.

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As with many external uses of LED lights, installing them underneath the keys of a keyboard is purely aimed at increasing the aesthetic appeal of a piece of equipment. The lights under the see-through keys can be customised to incorporate a number of different colours or just one – it’s your choice – although the hassle involved in converting your QWERTY keyboard to a glow-in-the-dark spectacular is likely to be too great to bother.

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Light-emitting Wallpaper

Yes, that’s right LEDs can be used to spruce up your blank walls and make them come to life with the use of some interesting designs and patterns that are reflected back on the surface. This may be one unconventional use of an LED that is worth considering an investment in. Utilised in the correct fashion, this could really bring a dull and lifeless room to the fore.

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These are just plain weird – if not disconcertingly dangerous. As such, I must warn that you need to know what you’re doing if you fancy implementing this make-up alternative. You’ll certainly stand out from the crowd – that much is for certain.

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Virtual Sky

Why bother with a standard light bulb when you can recreate your very own skyline indoors? Specifically designed panelling will allow you to emit a number of picturesque surroundings for your in-house environment.

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How LED Lighting Is Helping Schools Slash Their Bills

How LED Lighting Is Helping Schools Slash Their Bills

LED LightingThe Energys Group and Smart Eco Energy are helping schools slash their electricity bills by handing out free upgrades to LED lighting.
In a partnership with Utility Rentals, a new funding scheme has been developed to provide schools throughout the UK with cost effective lighting solutions that will, not only be free of charge to the educational institutions, ultimately cut the cost of their monthly bills.
LED light bulbs, while costing around six times more than regular halogen bulbs, last for substantially longer than your usual lighting solutions despite using far less energy. Typically, a standard halogen bulb could last around 5,000 hours - however, an LED light has the potential to go for ten times longer than that at 50,000 hours.

In the long-term, converting all of your lighting equipment to LED bulbs will save you hundreds of pounds a year - making it important not to be discouraged by the initial costs which can be anywhere around £25 for one LED bulb.
Furthermore, unlike conventional lighting equipment, the materials used to develop LED bulbs are environmentally friendly. They don’t contain hazardous materials such as mercury and are recyclable after being disposed of. The lighting that is projected by LED bulbs is also perfectly harmless to the human eyes so users don’t have to worry about any associated health issues.
The partnership between Energys Group and Smart Eco Energy cited that schools were paying expensive bills because of old and inefficient fluorescent lighting but unable to make upgrading a priority because of impending budget cuts.
However, the new partnership - which initially came to fruition in June 2012 - mean that schools will be able to apply for the energy-efficient lighting solutions at no implementation cost to them.

The energy saving benefits that schools will now administer will surely only implore businesses, organisations and institutions - if they haven’t already - to upgrade to LED lighting. The benefits have been found to far outweigh any negatives and the long-term cost savings will ensure that money can be spent far more productively across other sectors that require investment. For schools, the focus can be switched to providing the best educational environment for their pupils.

However, it’s not only companies or institutions who can take advantage of LED lights. The lighting equipment is readily available at specialist stores and online retailers where individuals can convert their existing home setup to an LED cost effective output that will put more money into people’s pockets - and who doesn’t want that, right?

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