LED Lighting Taking Over Grocery Stores

Grocery Store Switching To LED Lighting

You might start seeing LED lighting every time you take a trip to the grocery store. LED lights fit perfectly in refrigerated display cases, and a number of companies in the US are utilizing LEDs in their refrigeration units. This saves on energy costs and is good for business for all involved. LED lighting is taking over, and before long these lights will become a part of all our daily lives.

Refrigeration units are a perfect fit for LED lighting. Part of this has to do with the way the LEDs diffuse the light. Traditional fluorescent tubing sends the light in all directions, while LED lighting can be diffused directionally. This means the products being displayed in these refrigeration units are more brightly lit and look much better while on display. Coloring is evened out, making food packaging look more appealing.

Additionally, LEDs work well in refrigerated units because they are not affected by extreme temperatures (hot or cold), and since LED lighting gives off very little heat, the refrigerators do not need to pump out as much cold air to maintain temperatures. Not only are companies saving on energy with the lights themselves, but the refrigeration units are also able to become more efficient.

Surprisingly, even the quality of the food is improved by using an LED refrigerated lighting system. Fluorescent lights can create hot spots, which in some cases can raise the temperature enough to partially thaw the food. Keeping refrigerated food at the highest possible quality helps the supermarkets as well as consumers. Less food is thrown away, and customers are far happier when they know their food is safe and well maintained.

Major companies are taking advantage of this lighting system. Walmart has made a goal to use only LED lighting in all their stores. Companies who switch to LED refrigerated units see the savings generated and tend to replace the rest of their lights as well.

The maintenance involved in keeping these lights working is far less than traditional fluorescent tubing. A typical fluorescent tube in a freezer unit needs to be replaced about every six months. LEDs can last 50,000 hours, which translates to about 5 years.

Expect to see LED lights used for more than just regular lighting. Refrigerated lighting helps everyone involved save. Consumers can enjoy food that has been more consistently maintained, grocery store owners can expect savings in energy and maintenance, and companies who manufacture these units can see an increase in sales. LED lighting taking over grocery stores will help everyone save.

The Advantages Of LED Lighting Strips

LED Lighting StripsMany people have encountered LED lights in at least one form; usually in Christmas lights, computer electronics or solar powered garden lights. However, nowadays, not everyone is aware of the fact that LED home lighting is both available, and undoubtedly the future of household lighting. With over 30 years of experience, we at Klus are an industry leading manufacturer of LED lighting strips and linear fixtures.

Essentially, the difference between LED lights and conventional incandescent light bulbs is that the latter wastes as much as 98% of the supplied electricity as heat and shines light in every direction. By contrast, LED home lighting converts almost all of its supplied electricity into focused directional light, which is why it remains much cooler to the touch.

Another big difference is the ownership cost. LED home lighting lasts for an amazingly long time (for over 3 decades of regular usage) and costs such a small amount to operate that the electricity cost savings, over the lifespan of a bulb, will dwarf the bulb’s price. This contrasts significantly with standard non LED bulbs, which cost more than 500 times the price of the bulbs themselves, in replacement and operating costs.

These specific attributes (high efficiency, focused light and no fire risk) make LED home lighting an ideal substitute for spot lighting. This is particularly true for the halogen lamps found in lots of homes, because these waste an abundance of money and heat. Nonetheless, the task of replacing halogen lamps in the home is just 1 element of spot lighting suitable for LED lamps, as they make perfect display lights too. Even better, they can be installed in locations where you could not even consider using normal incandescent spot lights, due to the fire and damage risks from the high operating temperatures of traditional lighting.

LED spot lighting is a natural option for illuminating shelves, display units, inside clostets and cupboards, stair lighting and under kitchen units. It is easy to install next to surfaces and objects, without any risk of causing heat damage. Over all, the versatility of LEDs gives superior lighting to the lighting provided by standard light bulbs.

The Future Is Now For LED Home Lighting

LED Home LightingThe future is with us now. That is a declaration from the U.S. Department of Energy, which sees LED home lighting taking the forefront and saving homeowners money and cutting the nation’s energy bill by billions of dollars in the coming years.

LED, or light emitting diode, light has the power to cut energy use in the country by $30 billion in today’s electrical prices by the year 2027 as homeowners turn from the old incandescent lights and the disappointing compact florescent bulbs (CFLs). That would be equal to the annual output of 44 large power plants, according to the Energy Department.

Those are just the figures for home use. In the next two decades, LED use overall could cut electrical usage for lights by half at a cost savings of $250 billion and cutting 1,800 million tons of carbon emissions.

The proof of savings is in the trying. An Ohio man recently performed a year-long trial in which he replaced all the bulbs in his house with LED home lighting. While the initial investment was more than traditional lighting — LED light bulbs have fallen from their initial $50 a piece to about $10 now — he did cut his electric bill and so got a 41 percent return on that investment. When the fact that the bulbs are expected to last about 20 years is added in, that savings will be much higher over time, he estimated.

LED home lighting should be an easy choice for homeowners to make, whether they are concerned about the environment or just about their monthly electric bill. Consider that LED lights emit very little heat and so are much more energy efficient than their incandescent counterparts, which release about 90 percent of their energy as heat.

LED lights also come in a variety of hues. They can beam a bright white light in the kitchen or a bluish color that is easier on the eyes for reading. And LEDs are directional, which makes them perfect to aim at counter tops. For this reason, they also are increasingly being used as street lights, in parking garages, and for task lighting.

Other positive aspects of LED home lighting include their sturdiness, since they are constructed with epoxy lenses instead of glass; they will cast light for about 25,000 hours or more; they are small, so they can easily fit almost anywhere; and they contain no mercury, unlike CFLs.

Consumers Make The Jump To LED Lights As Incandescent Bulb Production Ends January 2014

incandescent bulb production endsThe jump to LED lights is gaining speed with the spread of news about incandescent bulb production stopping Jan. 1. Indeed, from 2014, forty and sixty watt incandescent bulbs will be banned from being manufactured in (or imported into) the US. These light bulbs are very inefficient and squander roughly ninety percent of their energy, emitting as much heat as they do light. They comprise more than fifty percent of all the bulbs that are bought in the country.

During the past couple of years, seventy-five watt and one-hundred watt incandescent light bulbs have started to be phased out. This is in line with the 2007 Energy Security and Independence act, brought into effect under the Bush White House. Reportedly, after these inefficient bulbs have been completely phased out, US citizens will save thirteen billion dollars on their yearly energy bills.

Recently (in 2012), LED bulbs have fallen in price to roughly $10.00, from about $50.00. These bulbs save consumers as much as $100.00 over their lifetime (twenty-five years), as opposed to regular incandescent bulbs. Partly, this is because they convert approximately sixty percent of their energy into light, in comparison to the ten percent of conventional incandescents. Consequently, LED bulbs only require 9.5 watts, in order to produce an identical quantity of light as the old sixty watt bulbs.

These developments extend way beyond home energy usage. Lighting accounts for nineteen percent of all the electricity used in America. The Natural Resources Defense Council states that, if each of America’s four billion light bulb sockets contained LED or compact fluorescent lights, thirty coal plants’ worth of energy would be conserved. In this instance, power plant mercury emissions would fall sixty percent, and one-hundred million tons of carbon would be stopped from polluting the atmosphere every year.

This week, a survey released by the lighting firm Osram Sylvania, showed that fifty-nine percent of customers were unaware that production of the popular forty and sixty watt lights bulbs will be discontinued, as of 2014. Notwithstanding, on the 1st of January, the incandescent bulbs will not be instantly removed from the shelves. Stores will carry on selling them, until they are completely sold out.

Smartphone Controlled LED Lighting

smartphone controlled LED lightingThese days it is becoming somewhat difficult for some to keep up with the rapid changes in technological advancements. Traditionally, most daily tasks at home or in the office were performed manually. However, from the look of things, it appears like technology is taking over the world and changing even changing how we turn on the lights with smartphone controlled LED lighting systems.

It seems like every day there is a new use for your smartphone. If you can imagine something there’s probably an app for your phone to do it and manufacturers are ready with yet another surprise. The introduction of LED lights controlled by smartphone can be added to the list. This could sound quite strange especially to those who don’t embrace change easily, but for pragmatic ones, it is another chance to enjoy another new feature of smart phones.

Advances in LED illumination systems aim to improve the style, color and quality of the light in your home or office. Even tech giants like Google Inc, are leading out out in this technology. Their bulb which is based on the A19 bulb produced by Lighting Science Group, has an embedded radio reciever which uses Google’s open source wireless frequency which is designed to work with HVAC thermostats and other appliance applications.

This sounds great, but the most interesting aspect of this bulb is the ability to save energy as much as possible. This means you do not have to drain your pocketbook on energy bills. Moreover, bringing the control of the lighting system in your home and office to your hand whether you are home or not truly is amazing and allows you to control energy costs. The Google LED bulb is compatible with most android smartphones which have an application which will help you control lighting in your home or business.

LEDs Built Into Carpeting That Lights The Way

LED built into carpet

Image source: Philips

The technology in LED lighting is advancing so quickly. We may see the results at the tip of our toes by next year. Our society is always checking our phones while moving, the next bit of information we need could very well be LEDs built into carpet where we are walking.

Imagine walking through a building and seeing the words “EXIT” in red LED lights built into the carpet. Or directional arrows showing an evacuation plan or emergency area. This might sound like something from a sci-fi movie, but it is very much a reality. Fancy flooring is not just for the rich and famous in their mega mansions anymore. This technology built into carpet is now something to look forward to in the near future.

Not only are LED lights brighter and clearer than other forms of lighting, they are also more energy efficient and cost efficient. The images on the carpet would be easy to see without being too harsh and can be in colors indicating emergency exits or marking the beginning of a line.

So this may be the future for flooring in hospitals, office buildings, and airports. But what is really cool is that you can create a room with LEDs built into carpet in your own home. By taking a string of LED lights and encasing it in a knit tube, a lighted rug can be made for any room in your house. The tube is wrapped in a circle to form a rug that is similar to the braided rugs that have been around for ages.

Making your own lighted rug opens up many possibilities. Not only can you select the color of the LED lights, but the color and texture of the yarn used to make the tube used to encase the lights. You could make your own personalized doormats or special rugs for special people.

With the technology for having LEDs built into carpet it follows that the lighting will also be programmable. All said, LED floor Illumination stands to bring about improvements in safety as well as home or business decor.

LED Home & Christmas Lighting

Christmas LED LightingYear after year, many of us go through the same routine several weeks before Christmas.  We pull out those old Christmas lights and start the painstaking process of figuring out which are broken.   Many have finally made the smart choice to ditch those traditional incandescent Christmas lights and replacing them with LED’s.   The switch will not only save you energy, but you’ll be saving money, time, and headaches for years to come!

In fact, here is a helpful hint:  Instead of throwing away those old lights, you can send them in to Holiday LED’s to be recycled in exchange for a discount on LED Christmas lights!

Here are some of the reasons why LED lights are quickly becoming the new standard for Holiday lighting.

  1. They use significantly less energy that any other type of bulb.
  2. They are cool to the touch, which dramatically reduces any risk of fire.
  3. They are not affected by low temperatures
  4. They are extremely durable
  5. They last 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs.

These are the same reasons why LED’s are quickly becoming the new normal for all home lighting.  Many homeowners now enjoy that beautiful glow of LED lighting all year long in their kitchens, baths, bedrooms, stairs, home exteriors, and more!

If you’re switching to LED lights for the Christmas tree this year, don’t stop there! Start replacing those old inefficient bulbs with LED’s and enjoy lower energy costs, longer bulb life, and better lighting for years to come.

Here at KLUS Design, we manufacture LED light strips, fixtures, and accessories such as LED extrusions & LED profiles.  Visit our home page to learn more about us.


LED Lighting Used To Comfort Hospital Patients

LED Light In Hospital


No one enjoys being in the hospital and the critical care unit (ICU) is particularly stressful. Most patients are only in the ICU because their lives are at risk and this can make the area feel hostile and even more unpleasant. However, in a Berlin hospital, LED lighting used to comfort hospital patients has proven to be quite effective.

The LED lighting is designed to simulate daylight and is incorporated into ceiling panels that mimic the sky. This is part of a concept known as ‘Parametric Spatial Design’ where stress is reduced by adjusting certain factors. Using ART+COM software, hospital staff can key in specific lighting types and visual effects that simulate skies for their patients. These effects are based on the patient’s mood and needs, as well as the actual live weather reports.

Stretching from the ceiling to the wall directly in front of the patient’s bed, the luminous panel designed by Philips has 15,400 LED lights which offer both cold and warm light tones to recreate sunlight. The system mimics realistic daylight cycles and has been shown to help patients sleep better. This results in faster improvements since the patient will be better rested.

Using this unique method of lighting is beneficial both for the mental state of patients and their physical health. Studies have shown that the isolation of the ICU, combined with poor lighting and loud noises can contribute to patients deteriorating into shock. By eliminating just one of these factors, patient health could be drastically improved. However, at the Charité Clinic in Berlin, they’ve taken things a little further by reducing the sounds in each ICU room. The medical equipment is also hidden to prevent many common anxiety issues.

An added bonus of the illuminated panel is an increase in the sense of well being among hospital staff. When the nurses and other staff feel calmer, they tend to exude this to their patients, as well.

The LED panel from Philips has great potential. While it is currently being tested in Charité Clinic in Berlin, it could well be found in hospitals around the world in the near future.

Exciting Uses For LED Lights

LED usesUses for LED lights have revolutionized the way we light our world. They provide a versatile, durable, and low energy consuming solution to many lighting needs. Novel other uses for LED lights are being developed seemingly every day.

What is the LED?

Light emitting diodes are electronic super heroes. Basically tiny light bulbs, they do not burn out quickly or become hot. They outlast incandescent bulbs by thousands of hours.

Today LEDs are commonly found in all kinds of devices, from digital clocks numbers and appliances to massed lights in traffic signals and televisions.

New Uses For LED Lights Revolutionize Business

Innovative approaches to using LEDs have revolutionized many business applications. While significantly reducing power costs, businesses can now enhance the effect, variety and output of their lighting requirements with LED:

  • bulbs and fixtures as the norm for outdoor and indoor lighting
  • light strips to provide bright, energy efficient lighting for signage, windows, sign boards, and advertisement displays
  • modules that come in colors and circuits can be reconnected in may challenging and novel ways for many indoor and outdoor applications
  • light control that is almost limitless enabling innovative ideas such as multiple colors, fading and flashing effects, and strobes

LED lights offer many advantages. They are on instantly, and require no warm up. In screens and monitors, these backlights provide higher contrasts and a broader range of colors. The lights are extremely durable, and can withstand extreme vibrations and shocks.

Newly developed uses of LEDs continue to provide amazing products and applications. Here are some examples:

  • Incorporation into costumes
  • Use in large scale public displays such as many at Burning Man
  • Producing spectacular evening light displays for public audiences
  • Use in seasonal decorations
  • Industrial lighting applications, such highlighting the San Francisco Bay Bridge with non-glare solid white light
  • New approaches for fire alarms and exit routes
  • Use of LED lights as positioning beacons locating mobile devices, allowing tracking of customers within a building or retail center and sending of specialized information and data to those customers

The seemingly endless applications offered by these light emitting diodes are limited only by imagination. You should expect other uses for LED lights as creativity is unleashed. They are an important part of our lighting future.

LED Lighting – Market Trends 2013 – 2019

LED lightingThe era of the incandescent filament bulb is definitely drawing to a close. Energy efficient, durable and cost-effective, LED lights are now being adopted increasingly across the world. Given the durability and energy efficiency of LED lighting, commercial establishments and residential communities are bound to enjoy monetary benefits resulting from reduced maintenance costs, replacement of bulbs, as well as quality of lighting backed by ever-evolving semi-conductor technology. With more number of people opting for LED lighting, and utility plants ready to finance the move, global LED lighting markets are poised for a significant growth in the near future.

The advantages of LED lighting definitely outweigh competition. These lamps bring down the total costs incurred on lighting, offering proven savings across different aspects of lighting. LED lamps are capable of offering about 50,000 hours of illumination before having to be replaced. They, in fact, consume just 10 % of power, while generating about 90 % less heat when compared to the standard incandescent bulbs, minimizing energy loss and, hence, saving up on power consumption. The efficient form and functioning of LED lamps increase the life of the unit, making bulb replacements few and far between. LED lighting systems are also known for their near zero-maintenance features. Further, LED lighting is eco-friendly, customizable to fit individual requirements, smaller in size, digitally controllable, and can capitalize on technological advancements in the future.

The range of products available to the consumer puts LED lamps well ahead of competition from conventional lighting. Suppliers showcase about 150 variants of light styles and bulbs to suit diverse needs. LED PAR lamps figure prominently among products that qualify for Energy Star rating. Another factor that works to the advantage of LED lighting is the short product life cycles driven by new materials and manufacturing techniques, which help scale up production to meet demand while still maintaining competitive price points.

According to recent market studies, the present cost of $10 per light in 2013 is expected to further decline to $6. Studies also reveal that LED sales have, in fact, outpaced incandescent bulbs in North America, and are likely to totally phase them out over the next few years. Analysts anticipate the LED lighting market to grow by 45 % annually through 2019. The market worth about $4.8 billion in 2012 is expected to reach a whopping $42 billion during the same time frame. Growth forecast has been based on the increased adoption, favorable price points and the several advantages that LED lighting offers.