From the time Thomas Edison perfected the incandescent light bulb until now, lighting technology has been evolving and advancing. The lifespan, energy efficiency, and light output of bulbs have all improved dramatically since the early days.
For many years, fluorescent and compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs have been the go-to lighting technology for hotels around the country. The bulbs’ relatively long life and energy consumption allowed savings in power and labor costs. During this period, Light-Emitting Diodes, commonly known as LEDs, were used in very specific applications such as clock radios and flashlights. These LEDs did not produce enough light and could not compete with the dominant CFL.
But eventually researchers were able to crack the code: with brighter output, better light quality, and other significant improvements, LED bulbs began to tear away market share from the traditional CFL. Two of the most important reasons for the surge in adoption of LEDs are increased energy efficiency and longevity when compared to CFLs (see charts below).
|Watts used to produce 1600 lumens|
|Rated life in Hours|
|2,500||10,000||15,000 – 25,000 +|
When LEDs initially hit the market, they were big, clunky, and very expensive. Today, however, the situation has changed drastically. LEDs are becoming a far more dominant force in the market, and more businesses are seeking the benefits provided by this technology: lower energy consumption, greater luminous efficiency, increased bulb life, and lower bulb replacement rates.
For some time, the LEDs (and fluorescents) available offered no decorative option to replace Edison’s standard incandescent candelabra bulbs. In order to meet this decorative need, the string- or filament-style LED was born. This style of LED is just as bright, lasts just as long, and offers a look that is almost identical to an incandescent. These string-style LEDs are now taking the hospitality industry by storm.
Just like any technology, LEDs will continue to evolve and improve. Here at Maris, we are dedicated to keeping up with these changes and offering the best and most up-to-date lighting technology to meet our customers’ ever-changing needs.