For most of the first 30 years LED technology was around, it was used in small electronics. Now it is used in a variety of applications from industrial systems, hi-fi equipment, to car lights and advertising displays. Chances are, if you own or operate a commercial building, LED technology is used in some way within your business.
Here are five up-and-coming LED technology trends to keep an eye on as you look to create more efficient, functional spaces:
1. Cloud-based smart lighting
The future is bright for cloud-based smart lighting as more companies adapt to “life in the cloud”. Can you imagine the ease of maintenance if your building lights were controlled with smart technology? For example, the Sylvania Ulta jQTM LED BR30 flood light bulb has a life of 35,000 hours, integrated dimming controls that use the Zigbee Home Automation standard and it can be controlled wirelessly with the Xfinity Home app. Similarly, Terralux has developed a product called Ledsense that controls a buildings energy usage through the cloud.
Defined as “visual light communication,” this is a new and emerging technology that uses light-emitting diodes (LED) as a medium to deliver networked, mobile, high-speed communication similar to Wi-Fi. If all of this sounds like tech gibberish, well, that’s because it is! Translation: basically, eventually everything electronic that you run in your business (printer, copier, etc.) will have the ability to be connected to the internet. This is very similar to the cloud-based smart lighting technology.
3. LED filament lamps
LED filament lamps are starting to match other LED products with efficiency, price, and color rendering capabilities. These filament lamps combine the familiar design of incandescent bulbs with LED technology –– great assets for any company.
4. OLED fixtures
Short for organic light-emitting diode, OLEDs have an emissive electroluminescent layer made up of a film of organic compound which emits light in response to an electric current. OLED will last up to 30 times longer than inefficient incandescent light bulbs and they are just as efficient as LEDs, providing amazing savings.
5. Quantum dot LEDs
As if your head wasn’t spinning enough, let us introduce you to one last technology that may be the “next big thing” after OLED. Even though QD-LEDs might not be commercially available until 2016, it is still important to be aware of them. We will spare you the scientific details but take note that one major advantage includes pure color. Other advantages worth mentioning include the fact that QD-LEDs will deliver 30-40 percent greater luminance efficiency than OLEDs and they will carry two times the power efficiency of OLEDs. Plus, they'll be ultra-thin, transparent and flexible –– enabling designers to create new displays and lighting forms. QD-LEDs really may have the potential and appeal to transform the landscape of lighting displays.
The LED technology industry is constantly changing and can be tricky to know which products make the most sense for your business. It is important to stay up-to-date with current trends and new products in order to provide your business with the best technology possible, whether you’re looking to enhance appeal, save money or simply make things more efficient in your commercial spaces.
Regency Lighting is here to keep you informed amid the rapid evolution of LED technology. We work at the speed of light, keeping your business tech light savvy.