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Y.F. Yeh, Everlight ‘s Chairman, has stated that led light bulbs will drop to less than US$10 in the second half of 2012.

This will come on the back of a soft first half of 2012 and will be driven by stronger demand after June 2012.

LED lights are gaining popularity as consumers begin to understand the energy saving potential and manufacturers hit higher lumen/watt figures and quality improves. Quality improvements are the key to increasing confidence in the industry, where over promising and under delivery are common. Hopefully, softer demand in H1 2012 will drive fly by night companies out of business and will leave more genuine suppliers like LED Lighting Solutions in a better position to advise customers and provide high quality lighting.

All in, this bodes well for the LED lighting industry and more importantly, for the consumer.

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A World Bank assessment of lighting in Tanzania found that 37% of people (the largest single grouping in the study) wanted improved lighting for the impact it would make on the education of their children. They said that it would allow their children to do their homework at night.

This concept may be foreign to those in developed countries, but in Africa, candles and paraffin lamps are mostly used by children to do their homework. The flicker and poor light quality often leads to eyestrain and concentration problems with shorter study times being the result.

LED lights are low power consumers and are thus perfect for use with a small solar panel and rechargeable battery pack. Yet low quality led lights that fade very quickly (lumen depreciation) and sub-standard battery packs that do not last more than a few hundred cycles, are damaging the market. Poor people cannot afford to make mistakes on new technology and given the social dynamic of African communities, word of failure spreads fast.

We need to ensure that only good quality led lighting finds its way into the market, and we need to encourage it. Education is the key to development (and to buying good quality LED products), and until we recognise that and do everything needed to improve it, we will not see the growth in Africa that we all wish for. Promoting affordable and useful lighting technology is one way we can do this – and as LED lighting professionals we also need to educate the consumer about the technology to avoid damaging what has to be one of the most important technologies of the millenium.

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LED lights replace incandescent lighting

LED lights are changing the world - cost saving, energy saving and carbon saving

So you finally commit to trying out this new technology and decide to buy an LED bulb. Good on you. Now is the time to check out this article to make sure you won’t be disappointed. Understanding that LED lights are different to incandescent and fluorescent lights is just the starting point – now you need to know what to buy. For instance, look past the wattage rating. Buying a 4W LED is meaningless unless you know the lumen output… don’t buy an LED that does not have this figure clearly stated on the packaging…

Read this article on What to Look For When Buying an LED Light

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