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LED Home Lighting…Ready for Prime Time?

This morning, TechieInHell asked about your preferred type of home lighting. Since I work for a company that manufactures LED vehicle lighting, I had previously written an in-depth look at LED home lighting for my employer’s corporate newsletter. I present it here to AT readers in a slightly revised form.

Most people are aware of the advantages low-voltage light emitting diodes (LEDs) over incandescent lights for vehicle lighting and flashlights: longer life, vibration resistance, lower power requirements, less heat; the list goes on and on. Meanwhile, the bulk of the general public has converted at least some of their incandescent home lighting to fluorescent tubes and integrated compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) in order to save money on energy and help protect the environment. Far fewer have considered LED home lights, which are available commercially but remain more of geek/techie niche. Higher-voltage LEDs offer many of the advantages listed above, but some drawbacks remain. Are they ready for mainstream use?
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The Centennial Bulb, lit almost continuously since 1901.

Man has long worshipped the sun and the moon for, among other things, the light they provide. The light of the sun got man through the day, and the light of the moon helped him find his way to the cathole at night. It’s no […]