ledblueLED lighting technology has represented the future of energy efficiency and eco-consciousness in Scottsdale and throughout the world for more than a decade. The options have provided huge cost savings to Scottsdale-area business owners and they also provide greatly reduced chemical usage and a substantially lower impact on the environment. As of early October 2014, the innovation can also add “Nobel Prize” to the milestones that it has achieved.

In this case, a team of three physicists claimed the award. Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura, the minds behind LED bulbs and the innovations that LEDs have produced for technology and lighting, were awarded the Nobel Prize in physics. The award stemmed from their 1994 discovery of the blue Light Emitting Diode that would eventually develop into the smart technology that is now on the market.

The LEDs In Your Life

If you don’t believe that global discovery of the blue LED light has impacted your life in Scottsdale, then you probably just aren’t aware of the thousands upon thousands of technologies that make use of LED light. The green and red varieties were already available, but blue made it possible to create to blend all three and create white light. That light has led to:

  • Television- If you have purchased a new, flat screen television in the last few years, there is a good chance that the panel is backlit with LEDs.
    • LEDs are behind the ability to make new televisions so flat that they barely come off of the wall.
  • Smart Phones– The smart phone in your pocket probably uses LED lights for the screen and the flash on the camera.
  • String Lights– Many Christmas lights are now powered by LEDs.
  • Stop Lights– Traffic signals are run with hundreds of tiny LEDs that blend together to create the appearance of a bigger bulb that can be seen from a distance.
  • Indicator Bulbs– The flickering lights that track your progress on your fitness band are likely LEDs

The Nobel Prize

LEDs represent the future, according to the Nobel committee, and they will help to bring modernized lighting options to people in marginalized communities throughout the world.

The first Light Emitting Diodes were invented many years prior to the discovery by Asasake, Amano and Shuji, but they had only been successful in green and red. Those are only two of the three colors used when projecting a picture. Without the blue LED, the colors were incomplete. The attempt to create the necessary blue light went on for decades, and it wasn’t until an attempt by the trio in 1994 that it was achieved.

The Result Of The Discovery

From their success came a range of technologies that were previously considered impossible. Quickly, lighting options became available that used LED technology and bulbs that could last for decades, not years. LED bulbs don’t use mercury, so they are safer for the environment, and they don’t generate heat, so they won’t burn people who get too close.

LEDs Today

The LED revolution lines shelves in Scottsdale home improvement stores, and, since, has created new innovations in lighting design for new homes and retrofitting of existing fixtures. The world is on the cusp of a great reduction in energy consumption, and it is can be attributed to this Nobel-winning discovery. The future of lighting is here, and despite it’s success so far, we have yet to see what it can really do when it takes off. This will be exciting.

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