Made in USA
Designed and developed in San Francisco, assembled in the USA
Certified safe and shock resistant by Underwriters Laboratories
Our boards are stronger, thicker to dissipate heat more evenly
Custom in-house soldering ensures secure LED connectivity
We use 18 LEDs per foot, the maximum, versus 10 per foot.
Quality 3M Tape
Very high bond adhesive secures the LED lights to aluminium bars and other surfaces.
You pick the shade, from warm to pure white to cool
Pick a custom RGB color by connecting the LED lights to your computer via USB
18 Gauge Wire
Quality 18 guage wire versus thinner 24 gauge
Clear Heat Shrink
Better than black; see the solder connection.
Why LED Lights?
- Energy Efficient. LEDs use about one-sixth the power required by conventional filament bulbs, and emit more light per watt. The efficiency of LED lighting fixtures is not affected by shape, size or temperature, unlike fluorescent bulbs or tubes. Over its lifespan, a single LED can save $250 in electricity versus traditional incandescent bulbs.
- Shock Resistant. Being solid-state components, LEDs are difficult to damage with mechanical, vibration, or environmental shock, unlike fluorescent and incandescent bulbs, which are relatively fragile.
- Precise Color Control. LEDs can emit light of an intended color without using any of the color filters that traditional lighting methods need, with greater accuracy and consistency. This is more efficient and can lower initial costs. We can deliver fixtures that match your corporate colors!
- Instant On. LEDs light up very quickly. A typical red indicator LED will achieve full brightness in under a microsecond. LEDs used in communications devices can have even faster response times.
- Unharmed by Cycling. LEDs are ideal for uses subject to frequent on-off cycling, unlike fluorescent lamps that fail faster when cycled often, or HID lamps that require a long time before restarting.
- Smooth Dimming. LEDs can be dimmed easily and smoothly, either by pulse-width modulation or lowering the forward current, without the flicker of some CFLs.
- Cool To The Touch. Unlike most light sources, LEDs radiate very little heat in the form of IR that can cause damage to sensitive objects or fabrics. Wasted energy is dispersed as heat through the base of the LED, so the bulb never gets warmer than a cup of coffee, and can be unscrewed while lit. Incandescent bulbs release about 80% of the energy they consume as heat — their filaments reach 2000 degrees Fahrenheit!
- Age Gracefully. LEDs simply begin to dim toward the end of their life cycle, rather than failing abruptly like incandescent bulbs.
- Long-Lasting. LEDs last around 50,000 hours. Fluorescent tubes are rated at about 10,000 to 15,000 hours; incandescent light bulbs around 1,200 hours. The DOE found that reduced maintenance costs from this extended lifetime, rather than energy savings, is the primary factor in determining the payback period for an LED product.
- Highly Directional. The light output by LEDs is easy to focus, resulting in improved light efficiency and reduced unwanted light or “light pollution”. Incandescent and fluorescent sources often require an external reflector to collect light and direct it in a usable manner.
- Convenient. Long life means less frequent replacement of spent bulbs, which means less hassle, less down time, less maintenance, and less waste. Over the lifetime of a single LED, you would need to replace an equivalent fluorescent bulb five times… or replace an equivalent incandescent bulb forty-two times!
- Lowest Environmental Impact. LEDs contain no hazardous materials and have minimal environmental impact. CFLs are energy efficient but contain mercury, a toxic metal that must be considered part of its true cost (CFLs cannot be discarded and must be recycled using energy-intensive processes). Incandescent lights have a significant environmental impact due to their energy inefficiency and their need to be replaced often.
- Good Return On Investment. McKinsey forecasts a less than two-year payback by 2016 in the residential market and around three years in offices. Environmental buyers are already converted, such as investors Climate Change Capital who reported a rapid 18-24-month payback on replacing conventional fluorescent strip lighting with LEDs.
- Safe. LEDs have no glass bulb to break, and no harmful materials to release. Operating at 12V instead of 120V reduces risk of electrical shock.
- Silent. Over time, the ballast in CFLs will create a humming sound. LEDs remain silent forever.
- Flicker Free. Over time, the ballast in a CFL weakens, potentially resulting in uncomfortable flickering. Some studies have linked this flickering to a variety of health problems. LEDs provide steady, consistent light.
- Truly Compact. LEDs can be very small (2mm square or less) and are easily attached to printed circuit boards.
- UV-Free. LEDs emit no ultraviolet waves, so they are safe for use in wine racks and near fabric that other light sources (including sunlight) would damage. No skin damage, either… and they don’t attract bugs!.
- Even light distribution. LEDS provide uniform light levels, resulting in fewer hot spots and dark areas.
- No RFIs. CFLs can generate radio frequency interference; LEDs do not.
- Better Warranty. Most LED bulbs carry at least a two-year manufacturers warranty, and most LEDs that fail will do so within that period and be replaceable under warranty.
- Forward Thinking. California plans to phase out the use of incandescent bulbs by 2018. State laws now in effect will require sixty lumens per watt by 2018; effectively making incandescent bulbs illegal. Federal regulations will eventually ban the sale of all incandescent bulbs as well. Current estimates predict that LEDs will represent 80% of the total lighting market. Clearly, the future of lighting is LED.