The Illuminating History Of LED Lighting

Over the course of the past 30 to 40 years, Light Emitting diodes (LED) have been used for a wide range of applications. As the technology has developed, the use of LEDs in homes, such as in LED downlights, and commercial locations, in fixtures such as LED panels, has increased.


From Silicon Carbide to LED Panels| The History Of LED Lighting

Although the use of LEDs has been common for just a few decades, and use in the home is an even more recent development, the history of LED lighting actually dates back over 100 years. The technology has been evolving much quicker recently, leading to the development of LED panels, downlights, cabinet lights and many other forms which are available here at Lyon Lighting. Here’s a quick look back at how the story began.

1907 – Englishman Henry Joseph Round discovered that inorganic materials can light up when an electric current is applied. He published this observation of electroluminescence, which was discovered using silicon carbide and a cat’s whisker, in the journal ‘Electrical World’. This was the first known report of such an affect.

1920s – Russian radio technician Oleg Losev independently discovered the same phenomenon when he noticed diodes in radio receivers emitted light when an electric current passed through them. He published the details of his discovery in Russian, German and British journals and a total of 16 papers were published between 1924 and 1930. He wrote to Albert Einstein asking for help on developing the theory but received no reply.

1960s – In 1961, Bob Biard and Gary Pittman developed the first modern LED, the Infrared LED, at Texas Instruments. The discovery was a happy accident which occurred while Texas Instruments tried and failed to make a laser diode. The discovery was made when testing a tunnel diode using a zinc diffused area of a Gallium Arsenide semi-insulating substrate. Just a year later in 1962, Nick Holonyack Jr developed the red LED, which was the first visible LED light.

1970s – A decade after Holonyack Jr created the red LED George Craford not only developed a brighter version of the red LED, but also created the first yellow LED. In the same year, Herbert Maruska and Jacques Pankove created the violet LED, which was the foundation for Shuji Nakamura’s bright blue LED which he developed in 1979.

1990s – In 1993, Nakamura commercialised his bright blue LED. His development of the blue and ultra violet LEDs led to the creation of the first white LED in 1995.

The full potential of LEDs is still not known, and since the creation of the first white LED technologies have developed to create more powerful LEDs with lower production costs. LED panels, downlights and other solutions are now more cost-efficient as a result.


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What Are LED Panels?

For both businesses and commercial applications, there are many different lighting options available. LED panels are one such option, but they are particularly suited for use in offices, retail settings and other places of business.


What Are LED Panels And Where Can They Be Used?

LED lighting panels are exactly what they sound like. They are light panels that are installed in place of other ceiling squares or tiles to act as a light source for rooms. LED panels are becoming more and more popular across office blocks, retail outlets, such as supermarkets, and other commercial sites as an alternative to old neon or halogen equivalents.

There is almost no limit to where LED lighting panels can be used. The most common usage for lighting panels is in corporate office premises. LED lights are typically used here to create bright, clear light so workers can remain productive throughout the day.

The most common size of ceiling tile used in these spaces is 600x600mm. If you buy your luminaires in this size, you should have absolutely no trouble installing them in your premises. What’s more, most LED panel lights come in 1200x600m size. These cover two ceiling tiles so are perfectly suited for generate plenty of light. Most panels are also available in the much smaller 300x300mm format, but these are typically not used as full scale lighting options. Instead they are often incorporated into architectural features or for lighting walls.


Why LEDs?

LEDs have a number of significant advantages over traditional filament based and halogen bulbs. For starters, they are incredibly energy efficient. For example, a halogen bulb will use heated tungsten filaments to generate light. However, only 10% of the energy being put into a halogen bulb will be converted into light. The rest is given off as heat. Comparatively, LED lights produce light by running an electrical current between electrodes. This means that, as there is no heating involved, an LED light can turn up to 80% of the energy inputted into light. When installing many LED panels in your office or commercial premises, you’ll notice your energy efficiency will sky rocket.

LED light panels are also incredibly long lived. The average life of a halogen light bulb is between 2,000 and 6,000 hours. An LED light will last anywhere up to 80,000 hours. And rather than popping or breaking like normal bulbs, LED lighting will continue to generate light after their initial lifespan – just at a lower level.

This longer lifespan and energy efficiency also means that you can avoid having to replace your light panels as regularly. It also means you will save money on electricity bills and replacement panels!


Brilliant LED Lighting Options From Lyon Lighting

At Lyon Lighting, we have a huge collection of LED Panels, downlights and much more that can be used for commercial purposes or to create consistent, clear light around your home. For more information on our range, or find out how LED lights can save you money, please contact us today on 01543 226103 or send us an email at

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LED Battens: All The Ins And Outs

LED lights are growing in popularity as the benefits of choosing LEDs over traditional bulbs become universal knowledge. Their energy efficiency is a big money saver and their durability makes them perfect for both indoor and outdoor lighting. At Lyon Lighting, we have a range of LED battens which are ideal to light outdoor spaces.

What Are LED Battens?

LED battens are the best solution to flood exterior walls and rooms with light. LEDs are resistant to shock, vibrations and other external impacts, so it is suited for an outdoor environment. Our range of battens and strips come complete with LED tubes and waterproof, non-corrosive housing. They are approved for use in sheds, yards and commercial outbuildings. LEDs will also operate in both hot and cold temperatures, whereas the performance of a fluorescent bulb would be affected.

Why Switch to LED Lights?

Although LED lights are more expensive per bulb, in the long run they will save you significant amounts of money each year on energy bills and on replacements. LEDs battens are a better outdoor lighting option because both the housing and light itself are durable. Here are some of the main benefits of LED lights.

Energy efficiency – LED lights use less energy, produce more light, emit less heat and are more cost-effective than traditional forms of lighting such as fluorescent and incandescent lights. A 6W LED bulb, for example, will be able to emit the same amount of light as a 60W conventional light. The majority of the energy produced to light an incandescent bulb is wasted as heat, while only 20% is converted into light. With LEDs it is the opposite.

Long life – Conventional bulbs only have a life expectancy of between 1,000-2,000 hours. LEDs, on the other hand, typically last for about 25,000 hours. Although some may even last as long as 40,000. This means less time and money spent on replacing bulbs.

Ecological – Unlike fluorescent lighting, LEDs are free of any toxic chemicals such as mercury. This means LEDs are less harmful and are 100% recyclable.

Not only are our battens ideal for any outdoor lighting needs, but LEDs also have a lot of other benefits. They are bright and durable, so the lighting is taken care of, and energy bills will come down. At Lyon Lighting, Our LED lights are designed to consume less energy but emit just as much light. Our battens have been approved for various outdoors uses so you can light your outdoor spaces safely and efficiently.

LED Battens From Lyon Lighting.

At Lyon Lighting, our LED battens are the ideal solution for an ecological and reliable source of outdoor lighting. Our battens come with LED tubes and non-corrosive housing to protect the light source against outdoor interferences. We provide both 10W and 20W single or twin LED tubes. You could save hundreds of pounds each year by replacing your traditional lights with LEDs.

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