Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) have revolutionised the world of lighting with their energy efficiency, longevity, and superior light quality. At the core of these innovative LEDs lies a small but powerful component: the LED chip. The design and manufacture of these chips determine the overall performance of an LED light. The continuous refinement of LED chip technology plays a pivotal role in the ongoing development of better, more efficient lighting solutions.
Explaining LED Chips
LED chips are small semiconductors that emit light when an electric current is applied, a phenomenon known as electroluminescence. These tiny powerhouses are responsible for the light’s colour, brightness, energy efficiency, and lifespan. Consequently, any improvements in LED chip technology directly influence the performance of the LED light.
Key Improvements in Technology
Over the years, technological advancements have yielded huge improvements in chips:
Improved Luminous Efficacy
One of the critical enhancements in LED chip technology is improved luminous efficacy—the amount of visible light produced per unit of electrical power consumed. Innovations in chip architecture and semiconductor materials have led to LED chips that deliver more lumens per watt, resulting in brighter light with less energy consumption.
Better Thermal Management
Heat dissipation is a significant challenge in LEDs, as excessive heat can reduce the chip’s lifespan and efficiency. Modern LED chips are designed with superior thermal management features, including advanced heat sinks and materials with higher thermal conductivity. These improvements enable the chips to maintain high luminous efficacy, even at high operating temperatures, extending their operational life and enhancing energy efficiency.
Improved Colour Rendering
Advancements in phosphor technology, a key component of white LED chips, have led to significant improvements in colour rendering—the ability of a light source to reveal the colours of various objects faithfully. Modern LED chips can produce light across the entire visible spectrum, resulting in more natural, vibrant illumination. See our post on LED quality and scroll to the section on CRI.
Today’s LED chips are smaller and more densely packed, increasing the light output per unit area without a corresponding increase in energy consumption. This ‘chip-on-board’ technology reduces the space required for LED arrays, allowing for more compact, versatile lighting solutions.
Modern LED chips have extended operational lifespans due to improved materials and manufacturing techniques. These enhancements reduce the rate of lumen depreciation (the rate at which the light output decreases), allowing the LED chips to deliver optimal light output for longer periods.
Bringing Advanced Technology to Australia
In the local market, where the demand for high-performance, energy-efficient lighting continues to grow, these advanced LED chips are a game-changer. They cater to the diverse lighting needs of the country, from residential and commercial to industrial applications, offering superior brightness, energy savings, and longevity.
As a leading lighting manufacturer, Faze Lighting is at the forefront of incorporating these advanced chips into our product range. We understand the immense potential of high-performance chip technology and are committed to delivering state-of-the-art lighting solutions to our customers. With Faze Lighting, you can trust that you’re investing in the very best of LED lighting technology—optimising performance, efficiency, and lighting quality for your space.
With ongoing research and development, the future of LED chip technology looks brighter than ever. We anticipate further advancements in efficiency, light quality, and cost-effectiveness, reinforcing LEDs as the lighting solution of choice worldwide. For Australians, this signifies a future of lighting that offers unparalleled performance while contributing to a more sustainable future.
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LED stands for Light Emitting Diode; a semiconductor device that converts electricity into light. LEDs use approximately 85% less energy than halogen or incandescent lighting (hello power bill savings!) and also have a much longer lifespan, roughly 25,000 – 50,000 hours depending on the ‘globe’. LED’s are also eco-friendly, they don’t contain any harmful mercury, they don’t emit any CO2 and they can be recycled without harming the environment.
Kelvin (K) is a measurement of light colour and is not a measurement of brightness, 3000k is a warm white, whereas 4000k is a cool white. The higher the number of Kelvin, the cooler the light. Think of the ember warmth of candles or firelight (which is 1000k-2000k), compared to the blueish tint of daylight, which is around 5000k. The colour temperature will impact a number of factors, including the ambience of a space.
Our lighting consultants lean toward a 3000k as it is not too warm/yellow toned and will therefore provide a clean white finish that is also still soft. However this can differ as some people may prefer a cooler white to others. For example, homes that feature a monochromatic palette of whites and blacks will suit a 4000k better – to bring out the whites and not create a yellow wash.
Lumens are a measurement of the total amount of visible light from a light source, this is the term used in place of wattage on the old scale. Typically, closer to 100-lumen per watt is very efficient – a standard downlight at 10.5W should be closer to 900lumen – this means it is performing at a higher level with less power.
CRI stands for Colour Rendering Index, which measures the ability of a light to accurately reproduce the colour of various objects. The closer to 100, the higher the quality of the light source.
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