Osram Sylvania Joins LED Lighting
Another big name has joined in the race for the LED Lighting market. Osram is scheduled to release a 60 watt equivalent LED Bulb later this year.
There is an increasing choice on the market for the consumer for replacement LED Lighting as more brand names switch over development and production to the efficient LED. These fantastic little devices use just 20% of the energy as the incandescent light bulb. In other words you can run five LED Lamps and still use the same amount of electrical energy as one 60 watt incandescent.
The Life Span is massively increased also,. From having to replace a bulb every 2,000 hours on average you’ll have to wait 25,000 hours now. Instead of lasting just under a year, these LED`s could have you waiting 11 years till it fails on average use . And we all know bulbs usually blow when we need them most.
These are expensive outlays compared to the cheaper traditional bulbs and a hefty US$50 to US$100 might dissuade a lot of potential buyers. But like all new developments the initial price dramatically drops with competition and streamlining of production. With Osram joining the race should make the price drop to affordable levels for all.
Lighting units, especially in the home, had to be designed with a user serviceability factor, that is changing the bulb. This does put a constraint on the styles we use but that is not the case any longer. LED Light bulbs currently are designed to fit in as replacements in our current lamps and lights meaning they do come in a certain bulb like style that is familiar. As these can last over 10 years the consumer does not really need to replace the bulb. This will be a boom for designers and for us. The range of cheap lighting devices will vastly increase. How about flat plates that hang on your wall and light your room. Lamps no longer need to dissipate the wasted heat which opens up more doors.
Energy saving is the pushing factor here for LED Lights and the doors of design are just beginning to open.