Let there be light – Latest LED lighting technology

Improvements in LED (short for light emitting diode) technology means it is rapidly becoming the coolest light source for a whole range of electronic gadgets.

It is cheap, efficient and low in energy use.

The products we looked at on the show this morning were:

BellsandWhistles.co.nz MonkeyLectric Spoke Lights

MonkeyLectric spoke lights are fast becoming a must-have bike accessory for urban cycle enthusiasts throughout the world. Designed and launched in USA in 2007, MonkeyLectric lights have added a new dimension to urban cycling through cutting edge digital art and style, whilst improving overall riding visibility and safety at the same time.

The Monkey light includes 20 themes with hundreds of colour combinations. The 10 LED light board hooks to 2 of your spokes using 3 point zip ties and attaches to a hub-mounted 3AA battery pack.

Price: Currently on sale for $66.30 per unit
Available from: Online bike store bellsandwhistles.co.nz

Philips LED myVision Bulbs

This is a new innovation – a range of LED bulbs designed to fit into standard bayonet or screw fit light sockets.

The new myVision LED bulbs consume 6W or 9.5W of power and emit light output similar to standard 40W or 60W incandescent bulbs, respectively. Designed to resemble a traditional frosted light bulb all Philips LEDs are mercury-free and produce high quality natural shades of white light.

Philips LED light bulbs use up to 80% less energy than incandescent bulbs and can last 15-25 times longer.  With lighting making up around 12% of the average New Zealand home’s electricity bill, converting to energy efficient lighting is one simple and effective way to reduce overall energy consumption.

Price: $19.99
Availability: At Bunnings and Lighting Direct stores.

LED Lenser X14 Torch

What is about blokes and torches? This is one of my must have guy-toys (and if that’s not a hint for Father’s Day I don’t know what is).The new LED Lenser X14 is seriously bright. We’re talking 450 lumens of brightness with an astounding 350 metre range. This brightness is achieved through the unique torch head that has two light sources, producing a pair of beams that converge into a super-concentrated light cone.

The torch features technical advancements such as the Advanced Focus System which means you can easily switch between a broad floodlight and sharply focused long distance beam.  It also features Smart Light Technology, which means you can customize the torch to your needs by choosing between two energy modes and three light programmes with up to eight light functions.

Price: $299.00
Distributor: Tight Lines, (06) 843 6388 or e-mail service@tightlines.co.nz
Available from: All good hunting and fishing shops

If you’d like more information on LED technology read on:

Home lighting: Whereas it was once used mainly in torches and recessed wall lighting, today we will also show an LED with traditional light mounting meaning LED’s can be used in place of traditional incandescent bulbs and energy saving lightbulbs.
Incandescent bulbs are cheap to buy but eat energy.

Torches: Powerful white-light-emitting diodes (LED)s increasingly replace incandescent bulbs in practical flashlights. LEDs can be significantly more efficient than incandescent lamps. An LED flashlight will have a longer battery life than a comparable incandescent flashlight. LEDs are also less fragile than glass lamps.

Key Advantages:
•    Five Times More Energy Efficient: LEDs emit more light per watt than incandescent light bulbs.They can generate the same light as a traditional 40w or 60w bulb with only 8-12 watts of power.
•    Last 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs: A traditional bulb lasts 1,000 hours, a CFL 15,000 and an LED 25,000 (all times approximate),
•    Cost Efficient because they last for 10-20 years: Normal bulbs only cost $2.00 but the blow within a year, a CFL costs $8 and lasts 5 years, an LED can last 20 years.
•    On/Off time: LEDs light up instantly unlike energy saving lightbulbs which can take 15-30 seconds to reach top brightness.
•    No Mercury: Some people are put off energy saving CFL (compact fluorescent lamp) lamps because they contain small amounts of Mercury.
•    Shock resistance: LEDs, being solid-state components, are difficult to damage with external shock, unlike fluorescent and incandescent bulbs, which are fragile.
•    Focus: The solid package of the LED can be designed to focus its light. Incandescent and fluorescent sources often require an external reflector to collect light and direct it in a usable manner.