LED LIGHTING

LEDs Emulate Sunlight

Problem with Artificial Lighting and Sleep?

Sleep.  We all need it.  Before lightbulbs and artificial lighting were commonplace, humanity relied on the sunlight to decree our sleepy and wakeful times.  Light bulbs today help all sorts of people work, play, move, and think at times and in places where the sun isn’t shining so bright.  Even so, the sun still carries an effect that our body’s circadian rhythm responds to.

We forget to realize that our body’s internal clock can be negatively offset by artificial light, especially after habitually long periods of exposure before trying to fall asleep.  Light affects our body and mind’s energy, sleepiness/wakefulness, and cognitive function.

What you might have not known though is that different light affect us differently.

Blue light resembles daylight, and is often an indicator to our body to be awake and become energetic.  Elongated exposure to blue light can also reduce melatonin production, making it harder to fall asleep, even after you switch off your lamp or turn off your screen.  This is why the blue light from smartphones, computers, and TV screens can cause restlessness.  CFL lights, fluorescent tubes, and some LEDs produce a blueish light and even some incandescent lights can have the same effect.

Warm light, on the other hand, is better suited for the nighttime before rest.  Warm light, especially at dimmer levels, is better for melatonin production and is observed in incandescent lights, certain LEDs, and even some fluorescent lights.  A reddish coating can sometimes be added to the bulb to reduce the blue color and create a warmer light as well.

Solution for Better Sleep, Using LEDs!

While being conscientious of the lights you use in respect to time of day is an option, strides in lighting innovation are making things more body clock-friendly for light bulb users.  This creative move is manifested in new and upcoming LED light bulb designs.

The “Silk” light by Saffron, for example, tackles this problem head on.  The Silk bulb is an LED light that sinks your body clock with the sun’s shifting spectrum of light.  It does this by using Wi-Fi to detect your geographical location and then shines the correct lighting in accordance with the sun’s current placement.  The morning sun has more of a blue-white light while the evening sun has more of a red-warm light – The Silk light emulates this shifting effect to resemble a natural, organic lighting experience.

Not a fan of the winter blues?  This LED Silk light, by works of the Silk Light app, can be customized to fit the shifting sun spectrum of locations other than your own.  For example, if you are in the cloudy winter Portland, you can set the Silk light to fit the shifting sun patterns of Honolulu.

Another light by Saffron called the “Drift” light, also seeks to improve sleep – this time, by emulating a sunset.  Upon the user’s flip of a switch, the LED Drift light starts a 37-minute dimming period, closely resembling the 37 minutes it takes for the sun to set.  This helps people fall asleep by the natural body clock reaction to what appears to be a sunset’s light fading away into the night.

The awesome power of LEDs make this all possible!

The Aura, by Withings, is a large LED light that uses the same blue-to-warm lighting shift with the added functionality of a custom alarm clock and a mattress sensor.

The CoeLux LED goes a step further by emulating the Rayleigh scattering, the visual phenomenon of blue sky created by the sun and air particles.

Pacific Lamp’s Warm Dimming Bulb!

Pacific Lamp Wholesale now has the newest generation of “Warm Dim” LED lights.  These bulbs behave like traditional incandescent light bulbs that go to warmer and softer when dimmed – Our LEDs emulate the same effect and put up a great, comforting display that defines a “warm welcome” to keep you and guests feeling cozy, while saving power and reducing cost.

Come see our warm dim LED lights on display at our showroom, open to the public!

Here are the bulb specs:

SKU: 9.5A19DIM/LED/2700K-2200K/8CCTD/120 volt

Type: Green Creative lamp, standard E26 base (Dimmable)

Purchase these warm dimming bulbs today to create an extraordinary ambiance for all occasions.

LEDs Innovation Continues

As you can see, LED lights are finding a suit in simple lighting application as well as more advanced lighting options to aid both our health and well-being.  LEDs truly are the leading light bulbs for technological innovation that continue to reveal a bright future.

As a wholesaler of LEDs, Pacific Lamp is especially excited for what the future holds!

GE To Stop Producing CFLs In Favor Of LEDs

February 3rd, 2016 by Glenn Meyers 

GE will soon cease manufacturing its line of compact fluorescent lights, or CFLs, as it switches favor to the manufacture of LEDs.

My, oh my! How quickly times change in this modern, energy efficient era. Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) hit the market in the 1980s as an energy efficient replacement for the once-upon-a-time standard incandescent bulb.

Not so long ago, CFLs were sold as the easiest and cheapest replacement for the traditional incandescent bulb. LEDs are now a favored GE product.

GE has announced it will cease production of CFLs this year and instead switch its focus to producing LEDs.

A headline on the GE Newsroom site reads like a lover’s goodbye:

 

“Leave CFL in the Dark, and Light Up Your Love for LED”

 

“CFL, I’ll always remember the first time I saw your sweet spiral shape and the way you could light up a room. It’s bittersweet to admit that our relationship is over, but I can see clearly now that LED is my future, and my future couldn’t be brighter.”

GE reports that CFLs accounted for 30% of the US light bulb market in 2007, but 2015 sales sank to 15% of the total light bulb market. Thus it was high time to move on.

Energy efficiency aside, one difficulty with consumer acceptance of CFLs concerned the quality of the light they emitted, generally regarded as inferior to the original incandescent. Nor do the bulbs work with dimmer switches, a negative outcome for any desired mood lighting.

In addition, CFLs contain mercury, a toxic chemical. Ideally, CFLs were not supposed to be tossed out with the rest of the trash because of the toxic mercury they contained. Instead, the were supposed to be recycled. This might have sounded like a sound idea except trying to find a CFL recycler proved to be a task which rated high on the ‘nearly impossible’ list. Plus they were so small in terms of value. What recycler trying to generate a profit wants to spend the time extracting a minute amount of mercury and then resell it on the open market? Not to mention having to sort through all of those less-than-profitable slivers of broken glass.

There are few arguments about the overall quality of LEDs and their lengthy lifetime, except one: price. When the first LED bulbs hit the market, they were outrageously expensive. Now LED bulbs are considerably more affordable. Still pricey, but reasonable if considering how long they last.

Additionally, the US government introduced a new lighting specification this January, meaning “many CFLs will no longer qualify for the Energy Star rating, so it’s likely that other CFL manufacturers will follow in GE’s footsteps,” writes Darren Quick on gizmag.

The US Energy Star website states its certification means the product meets strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the US Environmental Protection Agency. “Lighting products that have earned the ENERGY STAR label deliver exceptional features, while using less energy. Saving energy helps you save money on utility bills and protects the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”

 

ENERGY STAR Certified Light Bulbs:

  • Use about 70-90% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs
  • Last 10 to 25 times longer and saves $30 to $80 in electricity costs over its lifetime
  • Meet strict quality and efficiency standards that are tested by accredited labs and certified by a third party
  • Produce about 70-90% less heat, so it’s safer to operate and can cut energy costs associated with home cooling

Source: GE