Wednesday, August 26, 2015

How LED Light Bulbs Can Save You Money? Read Here

LED bulbs are the future of lighting and they also help to save the environment. Now you are definitely interested in purchasing LED bulbs but the cost is more than other traditional forms of lighting. Although the initial costs of LEDs are higher than traditional bulbs but they work for a long time saving you money in the long run.


One of the most common ways in which LED light bulb will reduce the cost of your energy bills is the amount of energy it uses. LED light bulbs are considered environment friendly because of its low energy consumption. A normal shining light bulb operates by heating up a filament inside the bulb, which then gives off light, but also quite a lot of heat. The extra energy it takes to generate this heat is completely wasted since we only use the light bulb for light, not usually for warmth. LED light bulbs does not have filament, and rather this emits light due to an internal chemical process. This means they do not emit heat and thus they run on a significant lower amount of energy. If traditional bulbs run at about 100 watts, LED light bulb might consume 15 or 20 watts energy in comparison. The energy savings are immediate and considerable. 

LED light bulbs last longer than traditional bulbs. Because they are not equipped with filament and there is nothing to be burn out which is the common reason of failure of traditional bulbs. They are also made of a durable plastic and are not as easily broken when accidentally fell down. Moreover, the upfront cost of an LED light bulb is more than a traditional bulb; over the long run they will save your money in the form of replacement time and also in the energy bills. And remember that the cost of LED lighting bulb price has significantly reduced over the past ten years, and may continue to do so as they become the most popular lighting choice among the people.

If you have never purchased LED lights before than it’s highly recommended to purchase a single LED light first before buying too many lights. As earlier said, LED lights are not cheap but they last longer and save energy. Before buying LED you have to be sure about architecture, proper fitting, Kelvin’s and lumens before going all in on them. It’s also recommended to look for famous brands for the good quality of LED lights and also for money back guarantee. 



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Friday, July 31, 2015

Checking External Lighting

Sometimes when you get home from work, it’s late, gloomy and dark. And so you switch on the lights in your home to see where you are going and to see the room. Exterior car lights have the same purpose – to see the direction and to see all around. Without these lights, you will be driving into danger. Even if one light is out, it can make all of the difference to your safety and comfort. When the time comes to replace or upgrade a light bulb, it is easy to leave it until tomorrow or the next weekend, but just like replacing a bulb in the home, you need to replace a bulb in your car as soon as possible. Driving with one headlight on in the dark may confuse motorists into thinking a motorcycle is approaching, not a 1.5 ton car.

If your headlights fail while driving in darkness, try using the light from sidelights or following the tail lights of another vehicle until you reach somewhere safe you can assess your situation.

Brake gently and try the dip switch. You may get lucky and still have a full or dip beam available if one or the other fails. Also try your light switch; sometimes a bad connection causes a temporary fault so turn it on and off a few times to see if anything happens.

If nothing happens and you are still without lights, pull off the road where possible and park safely. Switch your hazard lights or indicators on to make other drivers aware of your presence. They are very unlikely to see you unless you do this. 
It is recommended that you check your car lights on a weekly basis. Have someone with you to stand in front and behind your car while you test each and every light. Any light that does not illuminate will need to be replaced.

Finding the bulb that needs replacement will be easy. Auto LED Shop has the highest quality car light bulbs at competitive prices. If you are not sure as to which bulb you need, you can use the Find Your Matching Bulbs form on our website.

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

7 Things We Bet You Don’t Know About LED Lighting

Most of us are already aware of the cost and energy saving capabilities of LED lighting. Average LED bulbs come with a lifespan exceeding 50,000 hours and several benefits like reduced maintenance, reduced energy costs and reduced labor. However, the benefits of LED don’t stop there. Here are 7 things you might not have known about LED lights and bulbs.


1. They switch straight on

CFLs of the yesteryears took some time to warm up and glow to the requisite power value. However, this isn’t the case with LED. There is no waiting around and you can expect a full glow the instance you put on the switch. Also, unlike the CFL, LED is highly efficient and consumes 90% less energy.

2. They allow a direct replacement

There is a rising misconception that LED lights come as retrofits and replacements require a complicated process of wiring. Many believe that LEDs cannot be replaced without an electrician and that they need GU5.3 fittings, especially for the MR16 down lights. In reality, MR16 lights use a mere 12V of power that requires a compatible driver. However, most LED fittings can be easily replaced with minimum fuss. Other bulbs like the E27 Traditional Edison LED and GU10 can be plugged straight into the socket, just like we did in earlier days.

3. It’s not about the wattage

Become LED came into the market, choosing a light bulb required choosing a power (wattage) that would be bright or dim according to the ambience of the room it is to be fitted in. LED technology on the other hand works differently. Wattage is no longer a primary determinant. Other elements that come into consideration would be the beam angle, color temperatures, etc. Further, you can even control an LED to adjust its brightness according to the requirement. These dimmable LEDs make room lighting versatile. LEDs today give the users a deep sense of control and customization.

4. Cost of ownership

Buying LED bulbs might seem more expensive than incandescent alternatives. However, in the longer run, LEDs provide to be highly cost effective. They have a longer lifetime and consume only a fraction of the energy. When buying LEDs, make sure you check the manufacturer’s warranty and reputation.

5. No more need for step ladders

Halogen lights would provide a lifetime of around 2000 hours. If used four hours a day, they would run for a year and a half. LEDs on the other hand give a whooping 15,000 hours of life. Some high end LEDs even provide 50,000 hours of lighting. If you are buying from a reputed manufacturer, you can comfortably stack your ladder away for even a decade!

6. Huge energy savings

With LED lighting, the energy savings are not just marginal but huge. Of course it will depend upon the type and length of usage. You would be saving more than 90% of electricity compared to if you would have been using incandescent bulbs or halogen. Further, you are getting better quality lighting.

7. You are saving the environment

Climate change and global warming are becoming a serious cause of concern. By using less amount of electricity, you are in fact contributing to saving the natural resources and doing your nit for the environment. Also, LED lights have less carbon emission than other alternatives.


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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Most Influential Car Brands on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Instagram [Infographic]

Social media has emerged as a powerful medium for businesses to connect with their target audience. Various platforms are being used to spread brand awareness. Famous car brands have already created a large community on the social platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Youtube and Instagram.

This infographic, created by Auto LED Shop, revolves around the most influential car brands on social media. These rankings of the brands are based on different factors like fan page followers, engagement rate, total number of subscribers and views. 



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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Battle of Headlights: Halogen vs HID vs LED vs Laser


From the simple acetylene lamps of 1880’s to the complicated LED assemblies today, technology has played a huge role in headlight innovation. There’s no stop as researchers are still putting in time, effort, and money into finding new breakthroughs in headlight technologies. Commonly used in automobile manufacturing, evolving headlight technologies are making roads safer and usage easier and cost-effective.

The prominent headlights which one would see around in automobiles today can be categorized into 4 technologies – Halogen, HID, LED and Laser. Let’s take a deeper look into the advantages each provides over the other.


Halogen




Halogen was the first step to headlight modernisation after the acetylene technology. However, it is still being used and preferred by several car manufacturers and owners today. Halogen uses tungsten filaments, similar to the ones found in incandescent bulbs, encased in is halogen gas for longevity and improved performance. While the filament is itself the light source, car headlights were fitted with lenses to focus light onto the road. The casing and the lens also act as an enhanced protective housing for the lights. Gradually the glass components of these headlights were replaced by polycarbonate materials that produced even stronger beams while making the overall headlight lighter. Halogen headlights thus proved to be both low cost and powerful car lighting solution. They provide a working life between 500 and 1000 hours and could be seen in the cars like Mazda MX-5 and Ford Ranger.

The disadvantage with the halogen lamps is however that much of the power (55 watt) is wasted in heating up the filament than producing the light. This doesn’t make the technology quite energy efficient.


HID (High Intensity Discharge)



Seen in the cars like the Lexus IS; HID uses a rare combination of metals and gases to generate a bright and white glow. Compared to the halogens, HID is three times stronger and brighter. However this has also been the reason that cars coming from the other direction would get blinded off. To make driving safer, several countries like Australia have put forth strict regulations for cars operating on HID technology. These headlights need to be integrated with self leveling mechanisms and a washer. Self leveling ensures that the light is pointed towards the ground and washers dust off the grime and dust.

HIDs offer more than 2000 hours of lamp life and operate on 35 watt of power (10 units less compared to halogens).


LED (Light Emitting Diode)



LED technology has come a long way from simple flash lights to being the key components in televisions and cars. Though LED is not as bright as HID, they power up in a millionth of a second and improve the reaction time on road. The small size of the LED also allows a more fashionable application in car head lighting.

Compared to halogen or HID, LEDs offer more than 15,000 hours of lamp life. However the biggest advantage of LEDs is that they don’t heat up and you can easily touch the light even when in use. Dare not do that with halogen or HID! Today, LEDs are used as mainstream car lighting seen in high end models like the Audi A8, Toyota Prius, Lexus LS and even the Corolla Sedan.


Laser



Last year, BMW came with the first laser headlights in the i8 plug-in hybrid supercar. Encased in phosphorous gas, laser headlights provide a powerful white but diffused glow. These headlights are more energy efficient but we will have to wait for some more manufacturers to use laser technology to see its worth.


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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Types of LEDs

Light emitting diode is a pn-junction diode that emits light when activated. These diodes come in different varieties and are used for various purposes. From first look all the LEDs look and feel alike, however there are some specific features which distinguish them from each other. A brief classification of LEDs is as follows which will help you to find the right LED.

Miniature: Miniature LEDs are small in size ranging from 2mm to 8mm. These types of LEDs have current range from 1mA to above 20mA. 


Miniature LEDs are further classified in three types:

  • Low-current: For 2mA at 2V
  • Standard: For 20mA i.e. 1.9-2.1V(Red, Orange  and Yellow), 3.0-3.4 V(Green and Blue) and 2.9-4.2 V(Violet, Pink and White) 
  • Ultra-high-output: 20mA at 2V-5V

Mid-range: These medium power LEDs are used when an output of just tens of lumens are needed. These LEDs are generally used in emergency lighting and automobile tail-lights. 


High-power: High output LEDs are capable of emitting over a thousand lumens.




AC LED: These LEDs were developed by Seoul Semiconductor. AC LEDs can be directly connected to normal power supply as they don’t need any driver like normal LEDs. 



Flashing: Flashing LEDs contain an integrated multi-vibrator circuit that causes the LED to flash for typical period of one second. Most of the Flashing LED’s emit only one colour, but more stylish ones can flash between multiple colours. 




Bi-colour LED: These types of LEDs contain two different LED emitters which help in producing two different colours.




Tri-colour/ RGB:  In these types of LEDs three different emitters are connected in one case in such a way that they can be controlled separately.





Features which make LED a better option compared to halogen and incandescent: 

Efficiency: Unlike fluorescent light bulbs or tube, efficiency of LED lighting fixtures is not affected by shape and size. 

Colour and Size: LEDs don’t use any colour filter to emit the light of an intended colour. LEDs are available in different sizes and can be used of variety of purposes. 

Lifetime: They have a quite extensive functional life. 


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Friday, March 27, 2015

Lights Which Are Lighting Your Life

Today’s beautiful, shining and durable lights prove that we have come a long way since the days of using candles or hanging them on the tree. Light is an essential part of our life. 

With this infographic, created by our amazing team at Auto LED Shop, we are sharing information about the popular lights.




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