Jan 182013
 

Light Bulb Question Mark Orange 300x300 Myth: LEDs Are Too Expensive
This is the fourth post in a series on explaining common misunderstandings about LEDs. The previous installments include, Myth: LEDs Don’t Save Power, Myth: LEDs Don’t Work, and Myth: LEDs Are Light Bulbs

$50 for a light bulb? Eesh. Who would want to pay that when you could buy an incandescent light bulb for $2.50, and use the extra cash on a new outfit or a tank of gas? Why pay more when you can pay less?

Is The Price Right?

It’s no secret that LED light bulbs cost more than other light sources – incandescent, halogen, and even fluorescent – but those price tags don’t tell you the whole truth. They leave out the fact that you’re saving money by spending a little more for a quality light bulb.

Let me break it down for you:

LEDs last much longer than older kinds of light bulbs. If you pay $29.90 for this LED A lamp, and it lasts 23 years (give or take), that price evens out to cost you just over one dollar per year!

If you buy a cheaper light bulb, like a halogen A19 for $3.25, and it burns out after a year or so, over those same 23 years you’ll have spent about $75 on  replacements. Ouch! Continue reading »

 Posted by on January 18, 2013 at 2:16 pm
Jan 162013
 

Light Bulb Question Mark Pink 300x300 Myth: LEDs Are Light Bulbs
This post is the third installment in a series on disproving common misconceptions about LED lights. The first myth we addressed was whether or not LEDs save energy – read that here. Then, we covered whether or not LEDs actually work – read that here

Okay, okay. Yes, LED light bulbs do exist. LED light bulbs are everywhere these days, actually. No prevaricating on this blog! But, I’m not lying when I tell you LED light bulbs aren’t light bulbs. They emit light, and yes, they come in indisputably bulbous shapes, but they’re so much more than simple light bulbs.

What Your Light Bulb And Your Laptop Have In Common

It may be more accurate to describe the LED light bulb as a type of computer.

Where old fashioned incandescent light bulbs create light with rudimentary filaments, LEDs create light with the same kind of technology that makes your computer do its thing: the microchip.

Like computers, many LEDs can be easily programmed, and can even connect to WiFi. With this kind of simple-to-manipulate technology, LEDs might just surprise you with their many capabilities.

What LEDs Can Do

Here are just a few of the possibilities… Continue reading »

 Posted by on January 16, 2013 at 11:35 am
Jan 152013
 

Sticky lighting situation? Solve it with LED tape lights!

Here at Pegasus Lighting, we’re very excited to offer you innovative light fixtures to fit your every need. One product that’s really got it going on in the versatility department is LED tape lighting. If you’ve never seen tape lights before, they’re pretty much what they sound like, strips of LED lights with strong adhesive backing. They come in trimmable reels, are rated for use indoors and outdoors, and are available in white, colored, and color-changing varieties.

Need decor inspiration? Check out this saucy little video to discover all the different ways you can use tape lights for your home, office, interior, and exterior:

When will they catch you?

 Posted by on January 15, 2013 at 10:22 am
Jan 102013
 

Light Bulb Question Mark Green 300x300 Myth: LEDs Dont Work
This post is the second in a series about disproving popular myths surrounding LED lights. We’ve already covered the myth that LEDs don’t save energy, and you can read it right here

LED light bulbs are still new and mysterious to many of us, and many of us are fearful of putting these strange new devices into our own familiar light sockets. It’s a big change. Maybe some of you have even tried them out, tried them out and hated them. You didn’t like the light’s color, it made your paint look funny, or it just stopped working.

“LEDs just don’t work,” you hear. “They’re a passing fad.” “Don’t waste your money.”

At the time those concerns were probably valid, and to tell you the truth, for many LEDs they still might be.

LEDs Do More Than You Think….

So why do we call this qualm a myth? First, let’s look at all the industries that have made LEDs work for them: car manufacturers use them, TV makers swear by them, streetlight manufacturers have gone for them, and industrial developers can’t get enough. LEDs have helped all these industries, among others, create revolutionary products.

Looking at these industries, LEDs have helped them change for the better in a very rapid, very short time. So, even if you tried an LED light bulb in your home a year ago, 6 months ago, they’ve come a long way since then.

Working It

LED lights, in fact, have a number of features that allow them to work better than other, more familiar light sources. Continue reading »

 Posted by on January 10, 2013 at 2:53 pm
Jan 092013
 

Light Bulb Question Mark 300x300 Myth: LEDs Dont Save Power
This post is the first in a series on popular myths about LEDs. As with any new technology, it can be almost impossible to discern what’s actually true over all the hype. We’re here to help you see the light. 

LEDs Are Not Efficient.

Perhaps you’ve heard through the grapevine somehow that LEDs don’t actually save energy. They’re no better than CFLs or regular old incandescent light bulbs. I’m addressing this myth first, because it’s one of the easiest to disprove.

It’s a simple fact, LEDs consume less energy and emit more light than older light sources. A 12 watt LED A19 light bulb shines just as brightly as a 60 watt incandescent, but uses 48 fewer watts of electricity. This has to do with the construction of the light emitting diodes, which don’t give off nearly as much energy in the form of heat. Traditional filament lamps lose most of their energy this way.

An LED light bulb generally consumes less than half as much energy as a CFL, and only 10-20% of the energy used to power an incandescent light bulb.

LEDs Are Amazing.

As you’re probably gathering, this myth that LEDs aren’t any more efficient than other light sources, couldn’t be further from the truth. Experts even predict LEDs will become more efficient in the next few years. Like computers, TVs, and mp3 players, LEDs are made with chips. These chips have historically gone down in price and improved in performance steadily over time. Just like CRT TVs have been replaced with HD Flat Screens, and iPods continue to shrink, we have good things to look forward to with LEDs. Continue reading »

 Posted by on January 9, 2013 at 12:03 pm
Dec 262012
 

Diverse and impressive changes have been taking place in the lighting world this month. Read on to discover the fun and innovation!

In Lighting News…

Across the web, there was a consensus that LED holiday lights were the thing to have for the holidays. Not only are they energy-efficient, long lasting, and durable, they can also be interactive. We’ve seen families across the country creating holiday feats – dancing light shows to hundreds of different songs, and even games for visitors to play. For a balanced review of new LED string lights, check out this article from Apartment Therapy.

Holiday Light Pegasus Lighting Roundup: Ch Ch Ch Ch Changes

Speaking of switching to LEDs, NASA is swapping out all of the light bulbs on the International Space Station to help alleviate astronauts’ insomnia. They’re planning to use specially diffused LEDs, which can filter light into different hues. They’d provide blue light to help astronauts wake up in the morning, white light during work hours, and reddish light to soothe them to sleep. To read more on the science of the switch, check out this article from Gizmodo.

A recent article on Forbes.com declared that LEDs have finally “arrived.” In other words, they’re a mature, viable product, widely available, good-looking, and economically attractive. Continue reading »

 Posted by on December 26, 2012 at 1:25 pm
Dec 172012
 

Fluorescent Lamp T8 LED T8 Replacement Lamps: Are They Worth It?
Looking back at 2012, LED lights have made huge leaps. They’ve leaped from small-scale applications to adorn the tops of our most iconic skyscrapers. They’ve hopped into the light sockets of our homes and buildings, and LED lighting control apps have sprung up on our smartphones. Even the prices of LEDs have started “jumping” down.

But, not every LED application is perfect, or even advisable. Many of us still have questions.

For instance – what’s the deal with LED replacements for T8 lamps?

That’s a topic even we haven’t heard much about, so we leaped at the chance to ask Dr. Jack Curran of LED Transformations about it, after a few of us attended a webinar he hosted about LEDs:

Q: Have you found any LED T8 lamps that are good replacements for fluorescent T8 lamps? If not, do you see them ever becoming a viable substitute for the fluorescent version?

A: According to Dr. Curran, the quality of LED T8 replacements isn’t the problem. There are good quality lamps out there, and there’s also junk (like just about every other light and light fixture around). The issue of LED T8s is more complicated. Dr. Curran explained it in 3 parts: Continue reading »

 Posted by on December 17, 2012 at 11:17 am
Nov 292012
 

Light Emitting Diodes 300x198 The Power of Silicon Comes to LEDs
Silicon is amazing. We’ve all seen what those tiny silicon chips have done for computers in the past few decades – they’ve gone from mysterious machines to ubiquitous household objects capable of the stuff of dreams. Now, Bill Watkins, CEO of Bridgelux proposes silicon is about to do the same for LEDs.

Where Silicon Can Take Us

Silicon could revolutionize the solid-state lighting (SSL) industry. It has the potential to make light sources like LEDs faster, cheaper, and more functional.

Current SSL lights like LEDs have already come leaps and bounds ahead of older light sources like fragile incandescent lights, but with silicon, we could see them overcome the light socket completely, and become embedded in stairs, cabinets, and other household fixtures. They could also have added features like motion sensors or color changing abilities, so you can easily alter your home’s mood at will.

SSL Today

So technically speaking, why is silicon so great? Well, since the ‘60s, silicon has dominated high technology. It allows innovators many advantages in creating new digital products because it’s cheap to make, and holds structure well. You can shrink things like transistors without destroying their functionality with silicon.

Currently, light emitting diodes (the semiconductors that generate light inside SSL light bulbs and fixtures) are a rare digital technology that doesn’t rely on silicon. Continue reading »

 Posted by on November 29, 2012 at 12:16 pm
Nov 132012
 
CuteCircuit Aurora Dress 300x199 LEDs Bring a New Edge to Fashion Design

Image via CuteCircuit.com

Most of us who were around in the ‘90s remember those light-up sneakers that every kid just had to have. With their flashing red lights, blinking with every step, those shoes seemed like the epitome of cool.

Today, light-up clothing is not just a nostalgic remnant of childhood – it’s at the forefront of innovative design. With new LED technology, light-up clothes can reach new levels of constructional and aesthetic sophistication.

Enter CuteCircuit, a fashion tech company created by Francesca Rosella and Ryan Genz. CuteCircuit first came to my attention when Katy Perry wore one of their light up dresses to the Met Gala in 2010. Continue reading »

 Posted by on November 13, 2012 at 12:51 pm
Nov 072012
 

A long, long time ago, in 1932 to be exact, a tradition began. A simple searchlight atop the Empire State Building announced the election of Franklin Delano Roosevelt as President.

If you watched last night’s election results (or were conveniently somewhere in NYC) you probably saw that iconic building at it again. Last night’s exhibition marked the Empire State Building’s first use of its new custom LED panel technology.

CNN joined forces with the building to project a running tally atop the spire, presenting real-time election results with a brilliant display of colored light. The lights were visible from miles around, and broadcast worldwide to CNN’s viewers.

In case you didn’t see it last night, the lights worked like this: The four sided tower atop the building was lit in patriotic red, white, and blue stripes. The mast functioned as a meter with two blue sides, and two red to represent President Obama and Gov. Romney’s respective electoral votes. As each state was projected by CNN, and electoral votes were allocated to each candidate, the meter displayed a running tally.

EmpireStateBuildingElectionNewYork Election Results Displayed in LED

Image via CNN.com

Continue reading »

 Posted by on November 7, 2012 at 9:52 am

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