From Wood and Fire, To Plastic and Silicon

From Wood and Fire, To Plastic and Silicon

From the soft, warm glow of a bedside reading light, to the mission-critical overhead lamps in the operating room; From the primitive fires of our ancestors to the magnificent flames of the stars themselves, light is perhaps mankind’s most important resources. For thousands of years, mankind has sought ways to produce light, as well as devise useful applications for it. Perhaps the most common device used today is the light bulb: a seemingly simple device that has evolved and taken shape for over one-hundred years since the invention of the incandescent light bulb in 1880. While there have been many different methods of design, such as incandescent, neon, fluorescent, and more, the most efficient and practical iteration came with the invention of the light emitting diode, or LED.

The light emitting diode is an electronic device created in 1961. According to Wikipedia, the first light emitting diodes were used in equipment such as laboratory and electronic test equipment. Initially, producing light emitting diodes were astoundingly expensive – $200 for a single unit ($1,674.14 USD today, adjusted for inflation) – and therefore saw limited use. However, as technological progression marched forward, the cost of the light emitting diode drastically fell; and therefore, saw a much wider adoption. Today, one may find light emitting diodes in nearly any electronic apparatus that requires some sort of lighting or indication – ranging from advanced television lighting to the very bulb in one’s lamp. In addition to be an economical choice for lighting applications, another strong advantage in choosing light emitting diodes over incandescent or fluorescent lighting is the brightness to energy consumption ratio. This advantage is key to applications in which the lighting source will be used for long periods of time a common scenario is in the shop.

Whether one is working in the garage at home, or the mechanic’s shop for a major auto dealer, one of the workers’ most valuable tools is a source of portable and overhead lighting. (Obviously, one wouldn’t want to work with machinery in the dark!) Traditionally, lighting solutions involved incandescent bulbs that, while providing adequate brightness, quickly grow warm to the touch, and do not last very long. For mission-critical applications (or simply peace of mind), it would be extremely inconvenient for the light bulb to extinguish, especially during a critical operation in one’s line of work. Fortunately, any led shop lights can combat this issue by the very scientific fact that they last much longer, on the order of months or even years, than traditional light bulbs. In addition, light emitting diodes output only a fraction of the heat; thus, a LED shop light solution for the workshop provides an all-around better solution.

As mentioned earlier, light emitting diodes provide a much more economical and energy efficient lighting solution. They may be installed as permanent lighting fixtures, or battery-operated portable lighting apparatuses. To get started, a local contractor’s store provides a vast array of solutions to choose from to fit nearly anyone’s needs, requirements, and budget.