While the compact florescent light bulb has been an energy efficient option for more than 20 years, consumers were actively encouraged to replace incandescent bulbs with CFLs, with the idea that the simplest change could have a lasting effect on energy consumption just in the last 10 years. Used both internally and externally, CFLs did change the lighting industry, but on its heels and destined to make an even larger impact in energy consumption, was the introduction of the LED for lighting.
In 2006, LEDs were introduced as a safer and more energy efficient option for Christmas tree lights, but the energy savings do not, and will not, stop there. LED lighting has advanced leaps and bounds over the past three years, with real reliable solutions available to replace the common 75 to 100 watt incandescent bulb, and high brightness LED Neon lights are now looking to save the environment by addressing outdoor lighting solutions.
The current cost of outdoor lighting to municipalities, retailers and even home owners is substantial. Retrofitting fixtures or replacing classic outdoor lighting solutions with LEDs stands to save millions of dollars a year in energy costs, but there are still advancements that need to be made to outweigh the cost of installing these energy savers in the first place.
Current limitations for outdoor LED lighting center around the lumen output not being sufficient for use case needs. While LED technology is advancing, these needs cannot be reached with the current thermal management solutions in place for outdoor lighting designs, most notably passive cooling. LED lights cooled by a passive heat sink rather than by an active cooling solution like SynJet are inherently larger, less reliable due to heat damage to the LEDs, less flexible and produce less light.
As manufacturers discover how to solve the …