If the topic of lighting seems boring, you’re probably not reading about it in the right places. LED lights in particular are something of a growing trend these days because of their energy-saving efficiency. We’ve run across some pretty interesting stories surrounding this little piece of innovative technology and thought we’d round them up.
LED Art in Dallas
First up is the massive LED structure at the Dallas Cowboy’s new headquarters. This beautiful structure was designed by world renowned light artist, Leo Villareal and contains almost 20,000 lights and is 40 feet tall. You can see the images here on the Dallas Morning News. Among his other works of art is the Bay Lights project on the Bay Bridge in San Francisco. Villareal’s unique use of light as art is truly awe-inspiring.
Cutting Utility Bills in Colorado
In Colorado Springs, the Energy Resource Center is donating thousands of LED lights to citizens to help cut electric costs. LED lights are currently the most energy-efficient light source, and the residents are estimated to save a whopping $85,000 on their electric bills in the coming year alone.
Highway Safety in Virginia
Virginia’s Department of Transportation (VDOT) has proven to be a little ahead of their time by being the first to use LED lights on the fronts of their snow plows. Previously, all DOT vehicles were equipped with halogen lights in addition to regular headlights, but proved to be ineffective at seeing through blinding snow conditions. The new LED lights are literally saving the lives of DOT workers by increasing visibility, making it easier for them to see through the snow and much farther up the road.
Innovative Auto Lights
Not only are LED lights making headway with DOT vehicles, automotive experts also have plans underway to convert all vehicles from halogen to LED. The reasons for this are the extreme durability and efficiency of the lights, along with the increased visibility and driver safety features that can be enabled with this technology. Automotive News states that the plan should start rapidly taking shape toward the end of the decade.
Upgraded Street Lights
Automobiles aren’t the only things getting LED upgrades. Xcel Energy has caught on to the cost-saving benefits of the lights and is replacing street lights in the parts of Northern Michigan and Wisconsin known as the Gogebic region. LED bulbs are not only energy-efficient, but they also are more durable and have longer life spans, meaning fewer replacements.
Certain European cities are starting to install something called Smart Tactile Paving to help keep pedestrians safe. The new technology uses red and green LED lights in pavers, so that people nearing intersections will know instantly whether or not it’s safe cross the street, even when looking down at their smart phones.
LED Lights for the Home
Smart and modern, LED lights are all the rage these days. That’s why we at SnapPower use them in our products. Guidelights were designed with the savvy consumer in mind. We styled these light switch cover night lights with attractive LED elements that switch themselves on in dark spaces. Not only do they give your home a modern flare and take up zero space, they also save you money, costing only about 10¢ a year to operate.
If you’re ready to get on board with a great new trend, SnapPower has you covered (pun intended). Take a look around and spruce up your outlets!