LED light bulbs use semiconductor materials rather than filament or neon gas to produce illumination. This solid-state technology offers a number of advantages over other methods of lighting. LED lights are low voltage and consequently enjoy longer bulb light, produce less heat, and consume less energy than their fluorescent under cabinet lights or incandescent counterparts. The exceptionally long bulb life and environmental friendliness of LED light bulbs have made then the next wave in the automotive, commercial, and residential lighting industry. Phantom Lighting leads the way in this evolution, incorporating these amazing devices into a series of strip lighting fixtures that make fine art and display lighting magical, safe, and impeccably ornate in the process.
The miniature size of LED light bulbs makes them an ideal component for Phantom Lighting’s proprietary strip lighting series. They offer a perfect fit for small and custom-fitted strip light fixtures. Operating at low voltage, LED light bulbs consume far less energy than other lighting technologies and therefore generate less heat. Incandescent lamps turn 90% of the energy they consume into heat. When they become hot to the touch they can pose a fire hazard and give off enough heat to damage delicate works of art. LED lamps offer the ideal replacement for Incandescent and Xenon festoon lighting systems because they can burn longer without damage to art, offer no physical discomfort or fire hazard from excess heat, and contribute to lower energy bills.
Commercial clients of Phantom Lighting almost universally choose strip lighting manufactured with LED light bulbs to illuminate rare and sensitive artwork. Since many oils and canvases suffer degradation from UV rays and heat, gallery curators prefer low voltage LED light bulbs because of their, cool operating temperatures and absence of UV radiation. LED’s render color at a superior index than incandescent and halogen light bulbs. Incandescent and halogen lighting utilizes lenses to produce color. Passing light through a lens, however, causes color to weaken in intensity and lose effect. LED’s output colored light directly onto the subject without a lens, producing millions of colors with clarity and vibrancy.
In Cabinet lights with LED bulbs prove ideal for illuminating statuary, china, and fine art. New light emitting diode technology has advanced to include multiple color choices including warm white, moving away from first generation offerings that had a blue tint. This warm white ambiance looks like a magical glow on bookshelves, cabinets, and lighting kitchen under cabinets. LED’s offer added value through backward compatibility, as diode technology allows retrofitting to any lighting system operating on 12V alternating current. These bulbs have an extremely long light – the longest, in fact, of any bulb on today’s market. Whereas a standard filament bulb lasts for only about 1500 hours, an LED bulb will often last up to 100,000 hours. This significantly reduces maintenance and replacement costs, particularly for those who want specialty lighting fixtures left on throughout the night and even during the day. Savings equivocates to return on investment, so with both energy saving features and longer burn time, LED light bulbs clearly offer a cost-competitive advantage over halogen and incandescent equivalents.
Come see us shine in New York at LIGHTFAIR 2007 held May 8-10th, at the Javits Center in New York City. Visit us at Booth 465 to learn more about the latest application of LED lighting technology. Festoon strip lighting systems simply cannot be outdone in reliability, safety, and performance. Contact one of our lighting agents today to learn more about this exciting and revolutionary new technology.