Thrilling New Advancements within LED Technology Might Assist You in Sleeping Better!

frameEarly on, LEDs were discovered most frequently within electronics. Most recently they’ve emerged as flashlights, Christmas lights, and many additional household products. Nowadays there may be a shocking, incredible method of using LED lights – they can help you to have the ability to sleep better!

Sleep and Artificial Lighting

Our physical selves are supposed to slumber upon a 24-hour schedule, dictated by circadian biorhythms which are synchronized by natural sunlight. Artificial lighting will upset this day-to-day cycle making it harder for us to sleep in the evening. Sleep disorders such as anxiety, insomnia, and chronic fatigue were nearly unheard of before the common usage of artificial lights to stretch your day.

It’s known that artificial light will impair our duration and quality of sleep in the evening. The more popular offenders include televisions, computers, as well as electronic devices that are back-lit. Reports have discovered that those sources of light keep us from making melatonin at night prior to bedtime. Supposedly our eyes perform more than seeing. They also have receptors which affect lower degree functions of your brain like the ones which assist in regulating our sleep cycle.

Enter Light Emitting Diode’s

An LED includes a digital device which is extremely configurable. Brightness, frequency and color could each be precisely fine-tuned to yield any type of lighting desired.

For a few decades now studies have been conducted to study if LEDs could be used to
modify sleep within any way. The latest results are absolutely promising. Certain colors and frequencies could be utilized to inhibit melatonin production, causing the effect of making individuals awake and alert. Various settings could cause the opposite effect, inducing drowsiness and encouraging melatonin production.

Several probable apps for this type of technology might be coming in the future. Think
of the laptop that’s back-lit using LEDs and which automatically changes lighting within the daytime to keep you awake while you’re attempting to be productive, yet which gets you prepared to sleep at night.


Importance of LED Technology

frameAll of these bulbs could be separately controlled, as well as could be turned off if the requirement should come up. Therefore, you  could view something sparkling against a fully black background within a very effective way. The light emitting diode (LED) backlights will assist in adding a whole new dimension to the extended color range, as well as clarity of images. The plasma, as well as light emitting diode (LED) units made their presence felt within the high-definition television (HDTV) marketplace these days.

However, the latest release of light emitting diode displays posed substantial  competition for both senior flat panel display technologies. With light emitting diode technology offering a lot of benefits over the additional flat panel technologies, it’s quickly becoming popular amongst consumers. One substantial improvement of the light emitting diode (LED) displays over the liquid crystal display (LCD) versions will include the lengthier life span.

 With rising prices of all resources within the global marketplace going on these days, every one of the customers of high-definition television (HDTV)  are equally worried of the money savings, as well as advantages that they retain with each purchase. The majority of people might imagine LED televisions as being a fully new screen technology, yet it is not entirely the truth.

Realistically, what could be discovered in the marketplace these days will include a brand new type of LCD television that comes with a later technology which will utilize LED’s as backlighting. The purpose for LED televisions not replacing liquid crystal displays as being the basis for the real picture is because of the truth that LED’s currently can’t be made at sizes which are small enough. Due to this truth, the real LED screens will be restricted solely for the large scale uses like within the ones discovered in stadiums.


Uses for LED’s

uses of ledLED, or ‘Light Emitting Diode’ is getting more popular for usage inside many appliances and applications. It’s because of its size, light strength and low cost. Here include a list of the several goods and applications utilizing LED’s:


Check around and you will witness LED signs upon most companies. One excellent instance of LED lighting usage is inside Las Vegas. The massive multiple-colored signs that flash messages, event data and video clips are witnessed outside on virtually all Las Vegas hotels.


From small key chain lights to massive, high power lantern lights, the flashlights include one of the more common uses of LED lighting.

Traffic Safety

As you pass a location on the freeway which is beneath construction, it is likely that you will witness a flashy LED light that’s steering you away from that location.

Lights for Home 

LED is presently seen as an alternative to fluorescent lighting. Light emitting diode goods for usage inside the house involve twelve volt DC bulbs, high output bulbs, under cabinet lighting, light strips, reading lamps, lighting bars, floodlights, office lamps, lanterns, security lighting, head lamps, emergency lighting, solar powered lighting, book lighting, outside lighting, motion detector lighting and several additional lighting products for use in your home.


You now can witness LED’s lighting up things such as rings, hair accessories, earrings, necklaces, as well as bracelets. Light emitting diodes also made their way within novelty goods such as cheerleader accessories, wands, charms, toy guns, toy swords, as well as glasses.


If you have recently purchased Christmas lighting, they’re possibly designed of light emitting diodes. An additional intriguing usage of LED lighting for the holiday season includes candle light strings for your Christmas tree. In past times, individuals would light trees using candles. Placing candles upon your tree is dangerous. But, with LED’s, it’s possible to gain the same appearance without safety issues.


Going Green Using LED Technology

going greenLED technology came a long way since the 80′s. Conventionally just appropriate for use within electronics and appliances, LED now has come of age and is beginning to make a considerable dent upon the movement to cleaner, greener energy solutions. Unlike halogen or incandescent bulbs, LED light converts ninety percent of its power within usable energy – filling the room with plenty of light. With newer advancements within LED making, consumers now can take full advantage of the wide array of colors, involving a pure white ‘noon daytime’ light which offers increased sharpness and clarity to objects without leading to glare or eye strain.

Unlike fluorescent or incandescent lights, LED technology additionally has no filaments, starters or ballasts. Compared with traditional light systems, LED lights require less maintenance and could last up to 50,000 hrs. as they continuously put out up to seventy percent of their original light. These lights do not burn out, yet fade slowly, needing less effort and time than regular light bulbs.

Due to LED bulbs being so energy efficient, they could potentially cut your utility expenses by fifty percent or more. Replacing a regular 3 tube fluorescent light using LED bulbs slashed utility expenses by over 50% as they continuously produce the same quantity of light. Yet maybe the most vital advantage of changing to LED lighting includes its impact upon the environment.

Almost 50,000 lbs. of mercury waste will be dumped within landfills each year due to fluorescent lights being disposed of. Of this 50,000 lbs. of mercury, it’ll take just 4 mg to poison 7,000 water gallons and render the water undrinkable. As you think about how precious our delicate water system is, it makes sense to eliminate outdated fluorescent bulbs as well as high-maintenance incandescent. Furthermore, LED lights are completely recyclable – therefore you not just assist the environment by decreasing your power usage and saving cash, yet you assist in contributing to ecological sustainability by selecting lights which are greener and cleaner than their counterparts.


LED Technology Basics



LED includes an acronym standing for Light Emitting Diode. You possibly aren’t alert to it, yet this ‘technology’ has been in existence within your house and has made the usage of your main household technologies probable. For example, the moving digits upon the digital clocks, your wristwatch illumination, and the usage of the remote control were all made probable by LED technology.

To put it simply, LEDs include light bulbs so tiny that they easily can fit within an electrical circuit. The sole difference is that as opposed to the mainstream incandescent bulbs, these don’t stand a chance of ‘burning out’ due to them not possessing filaments. They never become hot due to the source of their light coming from electron movement. They’re additionally shown to be more cost-efficient than the usual incandescent or fluorescent fixtures. LED lighting is usually utilized for these functions:

  • One-directional or task lighting, like for desk or reading lamps, as it doesn’t generate a lot of heat.
  • Strip light (or to offer architectural accents), as designers will utilize it to accentuate linear formats of uninteresting spaces like hallways, ceilings, stairs or kitchen counters.
  • Overhead, pendant and/or recessed lighting. With various colors, as well as the flexibility which the LED technology provides, other designer lights easily can be utilized.

Apart from its home uses, LED lights also are growing very popular as selections for:

  • Landscape lighting, applicable for outdoor and/or indoor gardens.
  • Clinical lighting, utilized within surgical rooms and additional equipment.
  • Industrial lights, as they offer brighter and more efficient lights, particularly in the evening time. (that is traffic lights)
  • Automotive lights, LED’s provide good illumination with rapid response. (that is, outside vehicle lights)
  • Retail Display lights, for eye-catching and flexible lights. (that is, store signage)

With different uses, LED technology indeed will continuously be the future of electronics and lighting.


The Cost of Not Embracing Digital Photography

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What is the cost of not embracing digital photography? For the 131 year old business named Eastman Kodak, not changing is costing them the business. The Wall Street Journal reported Eastman Kodak is filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy this month. Seems the New American headline “The Free Market is Brutal: Kodak Loses, Consumers Win” is a hard look at reality,

“[The company is] currently seeking to sell off some of its 10,000 patents in order to stave off the inevitable, but the company is burning through its remaining cash reserves and credit lines rapidly. The last time Kodak was profitable was 2007 when its stock traded at $30 a share.”

As the stock fell below one dollar in the last week, the New York Stock Exchange took action to have the company de-listed from the exchange.

There are reports the designer of the first digital camera Steve Sasson commented in 1975 that his “film-less” camera would change the way we take pictures. One wonders what happened between 1975 and today.

What can we learn? Change is inevitable. Art is what we create. For us at Greentech Illumination, art is eco-friendly digital displays of your favorite photos. Rather than letting the market, pension plans and stock prices determine the future of photos, we put the process in your hands. Have fun creating!



10 Websites for Your Digital Photos

digital photoThe recent announcement of Eastman Kodak’s bankruptcy filing and the ability to take pictures from mobile devices like iPad2 and cell phones, have made film and film developing a thing of the past. Instead of piles of family photos we have files of family photos clogging our devices. We used to spend hours cutting and gluing photos to albums and scrapbooks. While we may have some photos to scrapbook, many families have digital photos.

While the media has changed, the process is the same. We take pictures and need to print or create gifts and home décor. Put away the glue, scissors and scrapbooks and embrace the digital age! A great way to save your most treasured photos and create unique gifts is to use one of these 10 websites for digital photo storage and gift creation:

  1. Shutterfly: Photo storage with a promise to never delete your photos and 100% satisfaction.  Photo gifts and home décor. Not the cheapest prices but they offer a ton of specials.
  2. Snapfish: Cheaper than Shutterfly perhaps due to Snapfish being part of Hewlett-Packard. The website is simpler and perhaps easier to use than other sites.
  3. Picasa: Google’s answer to other photo sites offering storage, organizing, sharing and Google+ tagging options. No gift creation but lots of editing options.
  4. Photobucket: Designed with the graphic artist in mind this site offers photo and video storage as well as graphics and a blog. They offer tips and tricks and are more informational than other sites.
  5. Flickr: Designed with the photographer in mind this site offers uploading from a variety of devices, sharing with friends and social networks and tagging.
  6. Webshots: American Greetings answer to the other photo sites offering photo storage and sharing as well as options for professional photographers. The website is a visually busy.
  7. Smugmug: This photo storage and gift site is the self-described place where “your photos look good.” Customers can also buy and sell photos, share through various mobile apps and upload to social networks.
  8. Photoworks: Now part of Shutterfly with a visually cleaner website than Shutterfly.
  9. Fotki: A cartoon-ish website with bubble icons for uploading, storing and sharing photos and videos. Not exactly our cup of tea visually but great function.
  10. Greentech Illumination: We wouldn’t forget ourselves! We love helping you create unique artwork from digital photos backlit with eco-friendly LED lighting.




3 Questions to Consider When Creating a Gift

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At Greentech Illumination we love helping our customers create LED backlighted artwork for home and office. It makes for a great personalized gift but how do you select the right image? We offer the following three questions to consider when creating a gift:

  1. What is the style of the gift recipient? You don’t want to give them a lighted picture of nature when they love modern art. You don’t want natural colors when they love bright colors. Look at their home and what they wear and that will give you some clues as to what they like.
  2. What are their interests? Maybe a quote from their favorite author or an image of their favorite city would be fitting. Maybe a grandparent would love a framed, lighted photo of the family. A pet love may love a photo of their pet. An aerial photo for someone afraid of heights or a clown for someone afraid of clowns may not be the best choices! Think about the person to whom you are giving the artwork.
  3. If for a business, what does the business offer in terms of products or services? A pediatrician may like a kid-friendly image. A writer may love photos of old typewriters or an inspirational quote. An accountant may like numbers or adding machines. Visit the site before making the final decision for the image you will use.

Have fun creating!


12 Simple Ways to Be Greener in 2012

Every year we make resolutions for the new year. Let’s face it, most of us forget what we resolved to do by the end of the first week or month of the new year. Because we love being green, here are 12 simple ways to be greener in 2012:

  1. Switch to LED bulbs at the office and at home.
  2. E-statements and bills save paper and trees.
  3. Reduce waste by not purchasing items like frozen meals that have extra wrapping.
  4. Reuse glass containers, paper and cups.
  5. Recycle whenever and wherever possible.
  6. Donate useable items that you are no longer using rather than throwing them into the landfills.
  7. Create art from old car and bike parts. It breathes new life into old items and keeps them out of the landfill.
  8. Reusable bags are your friend.
  9. Composting will not only prevent many foods from going to the landfill, it will also create nutrient rich soil. You can then grow your own veggies and fruits!
  10. Vintage clothing (i.e. thrift store) is not only hip but a great way to bring old clothes back to life!
  11. Map your route when you’re running errands. You will get the most out of your tank of gas in dollars and environment.
  12. Ride your bike more and drive less. Less driving means less gas, more money in your pocket and better health.

Cheers! May the new year bring you green!


7 Reasons to Use LED Lights

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Our mission is to bring innovative, beautiful energy efficient LED back lighted signs and artwork to homes and small business around the globe. We understand the importance of making your home and work environment comfortable for you which is why we let YOU create original artwork for your space. Once you create, we build it for you. We use LED lighting because it is softer and more ecofriendly than traditional options.

  1. Uniform lighting: We are often asked if our lighting is uniform and to that we answer YES. LED may take a few seconds to “warm up” to their full spectrum. Once warmed it will be uniform light.
  2. Long life:  Not only is LED uniform it is also longer lasting than traditional bulbs. Our bulbs will dim over their 50,000 hour lifespan but will not burn out.
  3. Solid: How many times have you broken a fluorescent bulb? If you’re us you’ve broken countless fluorescent bulbs. The benefit of LED is they are solid bulbs and break less easily.
  4. Cost-effective: While you may spend more on the initial purchase LED bulbs will pay off over time. You will not have to replace them as frequently as traditional bulbs.
  5. Ecofriendly: LED lighting uses less power and gives off significantly less heat than traditional bulbs. That means it costs you less when you use these bulbs. An added benefit of the low power requirement is the ability to use our bulbs when using a generator for power.
  6. Rainbow of colors: Did you know? LED bulbs come in a variety of colors so you can customize the lighting in your favorite spaces.
  7. Watt did you say? Not only can you purchase these bulbs in a variety of colors, they are available in an array of wattages.

Have fun creating personalized artwork for your space!