From March 14 issue of Fast Company by Jon Gertner
Thanks to the customizable nature of LEDs, they can provide better light where it’s needed–helping pedestrians and drivers navigate sidewalks or twisting roads.
DURABILITY AND EFFICIENCY
Unlike incandescent bulbs, LEDs will last decades–many are rated for lives of 20 or 22 years. The bulbs use a fraction of the energy of older technologies, which means they’ll have a profound impact on carbon dioxide emissions.
CALM AND CONCENTRATION
Based on Philips’s research in Europe, LEDs can be set to wavelengths that appear to measurably improve education environments. The lights can boost concentration or alertness, or aid in relaxation.
HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Specific light recipes have been shown to speed patient-recovery times in hospitals. Meanwhile, new home medical devices are reaching the market in Europe that utilize intense blue LED lights to ease back pain.
COMMAND AND CONTROL
Due to their digital and connectable nature, LED bulbs–such as Philips’s Hue–can be accessed and controlled from anywhere there’s an Internet connection, via a smartphone app.
In horticulture, plants respond differently to various light wavelengths. Tailoring the output of LEDs for greenhouse growing has already been shown to increase crop yields.
LED lights fitted with sensors can automatically know how much illumination is needed, and where it should be directed. The lights will adjust to a crowded party or to a dark parking garage.
Allowing employees to create personal lighting environments that vary in color and intensity could boost job satisfaction and (quite possibly) productivity.