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.


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. 


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 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.


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.


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. 


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.


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Why LED Light Bulbs Are Smart Investments?

It’s no more a secret that LED or Light Emitting Diodes are ruling the lighting industry and will be the future of lighting. Tests on LED lighting have always been able to prove that they can save more than 65% of energy consumption and for a better output. LEDs further don’t generate any form of heat in the process and are also considered to be Eco-friendly alternatives. There are several reasons that make LED’s a smarter investment than other lighting alternatives.

1. Longer Life

LEDs present the advantage of having the longest life. Their operational life expectation can be a monstrous 100,000 hours. This is actually more than 11 years of continuous operation, 22 years if you use 50% if its capacity every day. It will basically take you a lifetime before you would need to change your LED fixture.
2. Energy efficient 

Compared to conventional CFL, LEDs can save more than 80% on illumination. Incandescent bulbs on the other hand, just use 20% of the energy to produce light and the rest is wasted in other forms. Consequently, you would be saving more with an LED light. The savings can be further multiplied with the longer life span of the bulbs. 

3. Durability
LED lights are built with highly sturdy components that will be able to withstand even the most rugged environmental conditions and rough usage. LED lights are made to be shock resistant and thus make a great choice for outdoor lighting. 

4. Flexibility Of Design
LED bulbs can be molded into any shape, either to match a d├ęcor or offer a better spread of the light. Individual lights can also be integrated with dynamic controls that adjust the brightness, distribution and color. Well designed bulbs can create great lighting arrangement, not just for the space but also for your mood. 

5. Operational In Extreme Temperatures
Be it a desert or the Polar Regions, LEDs can work in any condition without any affect on the quality of illumination. Consequently, they are used in outdoor settings against elements like wind, snow, rain and dust. 

6. Instant Lighting
Opposed to CFL systems, LEDs light up quickly presenting a thorough illumination. This is the reason they have found high demands in the street lights, infrastructure projects and signal lighting. Also, frequent switching off and on doesn’t quite affect the lifetime of the bulb. 

7. Works In Low Voltage
Since LED lights use 80% (or more) of the electricity that is passed through it, it can provide sufficient illumination even during low voltage conditions. Many people actually connect LED bulbs to solar power sources to light up spaces. 

8. Light Focus
LEDs have been designed to concentrate the light into a small region of the bulb, and offer a stronger beam. This is why LED illumination is being increasingly used in the automobile industry. Directional lighting makes LED a great choice over traditional halogens in this case. 

9. Eco Friendly
Last but not the least; LED lights are highly eco friendly. The bulbs are free of any kind of toxic chemicals that might ruin a landfill. On the other hand, conventional fluorescent bulbs contain substantial amounts of mercury that can be disastrous for the environment. Led lights are 100% recyclable and helps reduce the carbon footprints for both home and commercial spaces. The longer operational life of the bulbs also meant that it can save a lot in material and production. 


Saturday, March 7, 2015

Is Oled Lighting Better Than Led?

OLED isn’t exactly a new technology anymore. OLED or Organic Light Emitting Diode integrates organic compounds that lit up when fed with electricity. While there isn’t much of a difference between OLED and LED (simply, Light Emitting Diode), OLED’s are remarkably flexible, consume even less power and every organic pixel works independently. LEDs use blue semiconductor diodes in combination with yellow phosphor to emit light but OLED lighting technology comprises of a semiconductor material that is sandwiched between electrodes. OLEDs present the advantage of being put into a variety of devices and surfaces, including glass, metal, plastic. Since each pixel lights up independently, the light source isn’t from a single point but rather radiates throughout, creating a smoother experience. According to the latest market statistics, OLED lighting will grow up to a $1.3 billion market by 2023.

Difference Between Oled And Led Lighting

If you are looking to get an answer as to which is a better technology, there would be several factors counting in. In reality, OLED technology still has a long way to go before it catches up with the pace of LED. Further, LEDs offer more energy efficiency at just a fraction of the cost. LED light bulbs can be designed to emit concentrated lights that can travel to longer distances than OLEDs. LED fixtures are being used globally and are supposed to be the best answer for spot lighting. 

OLEDs on the other hand are more like natural sunlight and soft/diffused illumination. This is also the reason, OLED lighting technology has been able to bring out superior/truer colors of the surrounding and consequently have found us in TV illumination technology. OLED scores 90 on the scale for color rating index. The maximum in this scale is hundred, the rating for sunlight.

OLED also presents an advantage over LED when it comes to wider lighting arrangements. By nature, OLED lighting comes in a panel allowing for wider distribution of lights without the need for extra components that scatter light. Since OLEDs provide a diffused light source, there is minimal glare or harsh shadows. LEDs in this aspect work as a concentrated light source and creating strong beams that light up smaller areas.

Oleds As Lighting Technology

Practically put, OLEDs can never replace LED technology for lighting. If OLEDs will be used in light bulbs, it would require increased amount of lighting and consequent heating up the organic elements which are quite sensitive. As a result they will degrade fast and the lifetime of the bulbs would be quite limited. Again, the light intensity/brightness produced by a single LED bulb is equal to three OLED panels. As a result they cannot be used in spaces that need proper lighting. OLED lighting technology is best used for decorations and filling up corners. 

Where To Use OLED Lights?

As we have already learned, OLEDs are soft light and cannot be used in conventional lighting arrangements. However, they can be used as filler light to produce more details. OLED lighting technology is used in desk lamps and several kinds of workstations. Also, OLEDs are comparatively cool to touch and can be positioned near seats, above kitchen counters and spaces that are more likely to get physical proximity. 

Last but not the least, OLED is still an expensive technology. Lighting fixtures made from OLED can cost multiple times the cost of LED alternatives. OLED is a beautiful alternative but yet to get fully functional.