“Incandescent light bulbs lit the 20th century; the 21st century will be lit by LED lamps”, the Nobel Committee said in announcing its award.
The Nobel committee has awarded two Japanese scientists and a Japanese-born American, “for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources”.
By inventing a new kind of light-emitting diode, or LED, they overcame a crucial roadblock for creating white light far more efficiently than incandescent or fluorescent bulbs. Now LED use is expanding and experts say it will only grow.
For the same amount of energy consumption, LED bulbs produce four times the light of a fluorescent bulb and nearly 20 times the light of an incandescent bulb. LED bulbs are also more durable, lasting 10 times as long as a fluorescent bulb and 100 times as long as an incandescent bulb. All of this without any toxic chemicals or gases.
LED lighting, by its nature provides extreme cost savings and therefore is very compelling for commercial, industrial and municipal uses.
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