We all know the the benefits of LEDs over CFLs and incandescent bulbs. But instead of rehashing the same information over and over, the HomElectrical team wanted to focus on the future. What will LEDs do as technology advances and the bulbs find more practical uses? Here are just a few ways LEDs might change in the future.
LED Cost Will Go Down
According to Consumer Reports LED bulbs will continue to drop in price as the manufacturing costs decrease in the future. Some experts suggest the decreasing prices will also coincide with an increase in efficiency and longevity. Sure, it sounds too good to be true, but what about when you first heard about LED efficiency? Replacing a 65-watt incandescent with a 12-watt LED did not sound possible but we know how possible and efficient it is.
Wi-Fi? More Like LED-Fi
In the future, LED bulbs will produce much more than light. An article from The Next Web explains how researchers are working on LED lighting that also produces an internet signal for several devices. Some studies have reported internet speeds up to 3.5 gigabytes per second with a blue LED bulb and 1.7 gigabytes per second with a white LED bulb.
Killing Bacteria on Our Food
Alright, this might be the coolest LED bulb on this list. Instead of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration using chemicals to make sure meat and produce is free of e. Coli and other dangerous bacterium, they will use a powerful LED light bulb. In an article published by the Food Safety Magazine last week, it was reported that researchers from the National University of Singapore created a bacteria-killing LED light. If this technology advances, we could start seeing LED lights used by butchers and grocery stores to keep their meat and produce safe to eat.
LEDs Will Have a Classic Look
Despite the power and efficiency both LEDs and CFLs have over incandescent bulbs, a common complaint against newer lighting methods is how they look. People love the look of incandescent bulbs and the color light that they produce. When compared to lightbulbs that look like this or this, it’s hard to find a rebuttal. But within the next year or so, LED companies will be distributing LED bulbs that have the look and color of incandescent bulbs while still only using a fraction of the wattage.