What are the various forms of LEDs that are available in the market?
LEDs, short for light-emitting diode, are revolutionizing the lighting industry. Thanks to their numerous advantages for incandescent lights and CFLs, they are slowly becoming the dominant player in the market. LEDs come in various shapes and sizes in order to suit a wide variety of needs.
This is a list that categorizes LEDs based on their shape and/or application. Some of the different forms/types of LEDs are:
1) Traditional LED bulbs
The most common type of LEDs are regular household bulbs. They are often very easy to use, and you do not require the assistance of trained professionals to install them in a home. They come in various forms such as globe bulbs, corn bulbs, candle bulbs etc.
2) RGB or tri-color LEDs
These special LEDs combine the colors of blue, red, and green to an innumerable amount of hues. They are often used to create special effects and are commonly used in concerts, light shows, and horror houses.
3) High bay LEDs
High bay LEDs are LEDs that are often placed several hundred feet above the ground in warehouses and factories to illuminate large areas. They are designed to be highly powerful and durable. As they are used for industrial purposes, they come in multiple shapes and sizes.
4) Miniature LEDs
These are the type of LEDs that are used as notification lights for smartphones, as indicators on car keys, and as indicators for digital cameras among others. They are particularly useful as they are available as 'ready to fit' LEDs. They also typically do not require dedicated cooling technology that larger LEDs require to function.
These application specific LEDs are tailored to fit the needs of a particular task. These can include public billboards, cinematic lights, department store displays etc. RGB LEDs are commonly used for these purposes as are regular LEDs.
6) LED strips
They are flexible strips that have self-adhesive tapes and underlying layers to which LEDs can be attached and illuminated. They are commonly used for decorative purposes in homes and can be used both outdoors and indoors. They typically emit no UV radiation. Christmas lights are another popular example of LED strips.
LEDs are extremely versatile and can be used for a wide variety of applications. As LED technology gets more advanced, we can expect the LEDs of the future to have a higher degree of quality and a greater number of applications.