LEDs Lead a Lighting Revolution
It was 51 years ago this week that a GE scientist invented the first commercially viable LED light. Today, futuristic-looking LED lights are rapidly gaining popularity illuminating roads, offices and homes because they enhance visibility, reduce environmental pollution and consume substantially less electricity.
In today’s world, where concerns about climate change are on the rise, LEDs offer an easy and economical way for everyone to reduce energy consumption. That’s because LEDs use up to 75% less energy than incandescent sources, last up to 25 times longer than incandescent and halogen lights, and even compared to most compact fluorescent lights, LEDs last up to three times longer.
They also are cooler to the touch than conventional lights and start instantly. Their compact shape allows for smaller, well-designed lighting fixtures, as well as illumination in tight areas.
Thus, LEDs are set to become an increasingly significant lighting source – growing from 18% of today’s $66 billion global lighting market to 70% of the $100 billion market in 2020.
GE Lighting is leveraging all these advantages to create futuristic lighting solutions such as a ceiling hung light that is virtually invisible when not in use. This light, the new Lumination LED Linear, combines brilliant aesthetics with space-filling light, all contained within a premium-quality aluminum frame. When it’s switched off, its clear lens means you’re unlikely to notice it’s there.
Another example is GE Lighting’s ERS LED Scalable Street Lighting range of luminaires that provide energy-efficient lighting for highways, streets, boulevards and walking areas. It won a Best-in-Class designation in the “Roadway Lighting” category in the 2012 Next Generation Luminaires™ (NGL) Solid-State Lighting Design Competition.
Both of these luminaires will be on display in the “Future Zone” section of this year’s Light Middle East exhibition and conference, to be held October 7-9 in Dubai. Light Middle East is the largest exhibition in the region for the lighting industry. In addition to the Future Zone, there will be a matchmaking service, the Light Insight Arabia Conference, and the inaugural Light Middle East Awards to celebrate excellence in the work of lighting designers. GE Lighting is the Platinum sponsor of Light Middle East 2013.