Friday, July 27, 2012

Saving the World one LED at a Time: Infographic


Clean Revolution has created an infographic which illustrated how LED lighting can change various cities in the different parts of the globe. This group formed through the combined efforts of governments, business leaders and private corporations aim to make known the various benefits that can be obtained from utilizing low-carbon lighting fixtures.

Clean Revolution calls for a swift, massive scale-up of clean energy and infrastructure, and of smart technologies and design, as written in their website. They are firm in their belief that it is the only feasible path in attaining a smarter, better, and a more prosperous future.

AffordableLED shares this vision as well. We believe that by providing various products such as scrolling LED sign that on the same technology, we are able to encourage business owners to take part in saving the environment.

Over the years, a number of studies have proven the merits of using the LED technology in terms of energy consumption and product longevity. This resulted to adaptation and various innovations not only in the lighting industry but in the manufacturing of computer screens and televisions as well.

This promising technology may still have a long way to go but it is well on its way on turning our planet into a green one.

 The infographic below provides the following insights:
*  Lighting amounts to 20% of the world’s electrical consumption
*  The 6% of global greenhouse gas emissions attributed to lighting is equal to 70% of the emissions from the world’s passenger vehicles
*  LEDs achieve 50 to 70% energy savings. This increases to 80% when used with smart controls
*  By 2020, the penetration rate of the LED technology is expected to be at 64% which translates to an 800% increase. During this time, the prices of LED bulbs are expected to drop by 80%.
*  A 40% energy savings through LEDs could save $ 129 billion in electricity costs and 670 million tons of CO2

And most importantly…
*  If LEDs reach their full potential, they could almost single-handedly eliminate lighting as a major source of global emissions.

Do your share in making the world a better place through your business. Invest in LED signs and LED lighting fixtures to grow your business as you help lessen the amount of global emissions. Big changes can be achieved through small steps. 

Friday, July 20, 2012

Next-generation LED Lighting: ‘Spintronic’ LED from Utah Physicists


Want a brighter scrolling LED sign for your business?

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University of Utah
Physicists from the University of Utah may already have the answer you’re looking for. The university made a recent announcement on the invention of a “spintronic” organic light-emitting diode or OLED. This technology promises to deliver brighter, cheaper and more environment-friendly LEDs than those used in the market today. The OLED lighting technology can be used for lighting fixtures, electronic devices as well as television and computer displays to be developed in the years to come.

“It’s a completely different technology,” says Z. Valy Vardeny, one of University of Utah’s prominent professors in physics. Though the current prototype made by the Utah physicists gives off an orange-hued light, Vardeny anticipates the production of red and blue ones within two years. Having white spin OLEDs is expected to happen eventually as the technology is improved and perfected over time.  

The new OLED technology developed by the Utah physicists makes use of organic semiconductor that keep information using the “spins” of the electron which is unlike the traditional storing process that is based on the electrical charges of electrons. This lighting technology also makes use of the “organic spin valve” developed by Vardeny together with other colleagues. This device is only capable of regulating electrical flow. Through further studies, researchers found out that a possible modification can allow the instrument to emit light, thus the creation of the spin OLED technology.

According to Verdeny, it may take about five years before these new generation LEDs hit the stores. Further improvements must be made in order to run at room temperature. 

This new-generation LED was developed by Vardeny together with Tho Nguyen and Eitan Ehrenfreund. All three are equally accomplished physicists in their own right. Nguyen is the first author of the study while Ehrenfreund is a physicist at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa.

Funding for the study was provided by the U.S. National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Energy, Israel Science Foundation and U.S. – Israel Binational Science Foundation.

Visit University of Utah’s news center for more information on this report

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Just In: ViewSonic Launches 27-inch LED Monitor


ViewSonic Corp., a leader in providing consumers around the globe with computing, consumer electronics and communications has just announced the release of the VX2703mh-LED. Following their mission to be a global brand of visual solutions, the company continues to innovate in visual technologies in order to adapt to the dynamic digital future.

In a press release issued by the company, this high performing product is said to be:

Ideal for consumers, SMBs and educational environments alike, the VX2703mh-LED is a 27" widescreen LED monitor with a contemporary thin bezel design. Ideal for both home and office, this versatile Full HD 1920 x 1080p monitor offers HDMI(R), DVI and VGA inputs with HDCP support, along with a speedy 3ms response time, a 10M:1 MEGA Dynamic Contrast Ratio, integrated power, and built-in SRS Premium Sound(R) speakers.”

The energy efficient VX2703mh-LED is an eco-friendly monitor. This model boasts of a mercury-free display and offers ViewSonic’s ECO-mode feature that prolongs display life as energy savings of up to 40 percent are made.

Erik Willey, LCD monitor and PC product marketing director of ViewSonic said: "The new VX2703mh-LED is the ideal display for home and office applications, as well as web surfing and multimedia entertainment with its multiple video inputs,

Willey has a little advice for those in the market to purchase a monitor: If you're looking for a versatile monitor with both low TCO and high performance, backed by a display heritage you can count on, the ViewSonic VX2703mh-LED is your solution.”

The VX2703mh-LED monitor will be available by mid-July in North America, according to the product press release. It is estimated to retail at $ 299. The fee includes a 3-year limited warranty and the industry’s best pixel performance policy.

For more information on this new LED monitor, you may visit ViewSonic.com or follow ViewSonic’s company blog and official accounts in Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Like ViewSonic, AffordableLed is dedicated in giving you the best solutions for your company. We provide each of our customers with quality products like scrolling LED sign in affordable prices. As a leading LED manufacturer, AffordableLed cares for your business; we are in the business of helping others. 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Know Your Lighting: LED History in Brief


Here at AffordableLED, we strive to deliver the latest and most relevant news on LED lighting that will surely affect the scrolling LED sign of the future. The information that we provide are surely the drivers of innovation in the dynamic lighting industry. But we won’t stop there.

In this post, we’ll show you a very informative video clip for you from Make Magazine. Make has a YouTube channel filled with exciting do-it-yourself projects on various technologies. The magazine celebrates the right of every individual to tweak, hack and bend any technology available in and out of the home by promoting a DIY mindset.

Who is the father of LED lighting?

If you don’t know the answer, let this short video clip fill you on that and other information about LED lighting.

Apart from being an economical choice, the concept behind LED lighting is very simple and sustainable. LED lighting technology has gone a long since it was introduced a couple of years back.

To save on your electric bills in the long run, you don’t have to sacrifice lighting quality. Choose LED lighting products for your home and business. 

Friday, July 6, 2012

Lighting the Future: Energy Saving Trust’s LED Lighting Field Trial


The Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology has been gaining global recognition and popularity recently for its unique and eco-friendly features. Aside from giving off a brighter light, LED lighting fixtures also last far longer than their fluorescent counterparts. This results in financial savings for your business or home in the long run. LED products also consume less electricity. This energy-saving capability is reflected in the monthly electric bill of companies, establishments as well as public and private offices that have made the switch.

Energy Saving Trust (EST) is championing this cause for over sixteen years now. One of the recent studies conducted by this UK-based organization is a field trial of LED lighting fixtures in social housing facilities. The organization believes that they are playing a vital role in helping shape the LED lighting market in the UK.

After observing and measuring the performance of 4,250 LED light fixtures in 35 sites, here are some of the significant findings of EST, as published in their report.

  1. Lighting levels increased in both phases of the field trial. In phase 1, the increase was 100 percent. In phase 2, it was 57 percent.
  2. Installed LED lighting fixtures in the sites can generate ongoing savings of more than 3,372,058 kWh per year in both project phases once LED performance is normalized. This energy-savings can light 5,788 typical UK homes for a year.
  3. The LED installations increased the “colour temperature” in buildings which gives a brighter, whiter light that is much closer to that of daylight. Colour temperature is the measurement of how “warm” or “cold” a light is.
  4. The brighter, whiter light enhanced the ambience in most of the sites as illustrated in the photographs in the report’s appendix.
  5. LEDs in the trial demonstrated an excellent sustained performance. After about six months of use, lighting levels were at 93.6 per cent on the average.
  6. Using normalized figures, both phases of the trial suggested that return on investment could be around 2 years.
  7. Colour rendering improved across most of the sites. This means that colours appear as they would under normal lighting conditions

This study proves that the LED lighting technology is really for the next wave of lighting fixtures. Thinking of how to save while keeping your store hip and attractive to customers? AffordableLED offers a variety of scrolling LED sign that would surely grab attention for your store. 

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Coloring Pittsburgh’s Skyline: Catch the LED Light Show on Gulf Tower


Pittsburgh will probably have the merriest 4th of July this year. With the Six-Story LED Light Show in place at the Gulf Tower, Grant Street and the entire Golden Triangle will witness a livelier skyline from that day on.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the KDKA Weather Beacon is set to be lighted at about 10 minutes before the city’s firework display. The top floors of the Gulf Tower will come alive at 9:25pm followed by festive 30-minute light show to celebrate the Beacon’s launch. After the entire fete, the lighting fixture is set to report the weather every half an hour by giving off different light signals. For five minutes, bright lights will display the current range of temperature, precipitation, humidity and wind speed.

It was in 1932 when this idea took off. For several decades, reporting the weather through flashing neon lights was both entertaining and helpful to Pittsburghers. This gave Rugby Realty the confidence to continue their creative public service efforts until energy costs skyrocketed. For a time, operating costs amounted to powering 28 homes. Ballooning expenses from this pursuit prompted the management to switch to high-pressure sodium lights in the ‘70s.

Aside from the weather, the lighting fixtures will also be used to celebrate important holidays including St.Patrick’s Day, Valentine’s Day and Christmas. At least 20 other holidays will be made brighter by the Beacon – except for the Earth Day where it will be turned to off to be one with the event’s cause. Celebrating momentous but spur of the moment sporting highlights like Pirate home runs will also be taken care of by the Beacon. 

The 4 foot long fixtures are fitted with 185 LED lights that are expected to consume only 60 watts of electricity. This energy consumption is a far cry from the 400 watts consume by the 104 high-pressure sodium vapor lights which were previously in place. The LEDs are expected to last for a time since they are rated up to 100,000 hours.

If these gigantic LED light fixtures can save that much electricity, what more can your scrolling LED sign do for your company? Don’t miss out on the chance to put forward an entertaining and cost-effective way to get your customer’s attention. Take your cue for Pittsburgh’s Weather Beacon.