We spend a lot of digital ink discussing the details of lighting retrofits but not so much on the fundamental question of where did the LED light at the heart of most retrofits come from and why you should consider undergoing a retrofit. So in this post we’re going to back up just a bit and look at the big picture before we delve back into the details in the following posts.
Lighting Retrofit Origins: Background
It was 1907 when a British engineer named Henry Round working in Marconi Labs discovered that a small amount of electricity applied to a silicon carbide crystal caused it to emit light. The effect was noted but not much happened. 20 years later a Russian named Oleg Vladimirovich Losev published a paper on what was by then being called the light-emitting diode or LED. But while the paper attracted some attention progress on developing the technology continued to lag.
Finally, in 1962 an engineer at GE named Nick Holonyak developed the first practical LED lamp. His lamp emitted red light. In 1972 a former graduate student of Holonyak’s came up with a yellow LED. The first blue LED appeared in 1979 and it was only a few more years before LEDs covered the whole visible spectrum. But it was still a prohibitively expensive technology. That changed though when engineers at Fairchild Semiconductors developed a method for producing LEDs that drastically reduced the cost and it was that development which kick-started the growth of the LED industry and, in time, helped spawn the lighting retrofit phenomenon.
Other Contributors to Retrofit Origins
While the LED is at the heart of most current lighting retrofits it’s not alone because at about the same time the LED’s commercial potential was becoming apparent T8 fluorescent bulbs were also being developed that were far more energy efficient than standard T12 bulbs. Since T12s accounted for the majority of lights in offices, warehouses and industrial concerns the T8 represented an enormous leap forward for businesses in their quest to reduce their energy expenditures. The T8 also helped drive awareness of wasteful lighting practices and in many ways helped get the retrofit lighting industry off the ground.
Awareness of Retrofit Origins
Regardless of where you stand on the cause there can be no doubt that the world’s climate is undergoing rapid and serious change. As such it’s in the interest of every Ontario business owner to take a look at their energy practices(ontario saveOnenergy ) and take steps to minimize any contribution they may be making to this process. And without question a lighting retrofit services is the most effective way to do so. But beyond the responsibility we all have to leaving our children a viable world the lighting retrofit has another benefit that companies can’t afford to ignore: it will save you vast amounts of money over time, allowing your business to stay competitive in an ever more cut-throat global business environment.
If you have decided it’s time to reduce your energy consumption and make your company more profitable call LEDdirect and arrange for a free energy audit. This crucial first step in unlocking your company’s profit potential will help you understand where you’re currently wasting energy and money and how a lighting retrofit can put an end to this waste. We’ll propose a turnkey retrofit solution that will bring your energy consumption and related expenses in line with your long term goals and show you ways you can mitigate the initial expense through Ontario government grants and tax incentives.
So what are you waiting for? If drastically reduced energy consumption and increased productivity and profitability interest you give LEDdirect a call today on 416-635-5533.