We are talking more and more about LEDs (light emitting diodes) in our lighting systems and they are used more and more every day. What are their strengths and what uses can we make of them? Are LEDs really a luminaire for the future? Interview with Alexandre Michiels, Communication Manager at Osram. Interview by Bérangère Larivaud
What are the LEDs for?
LEDs have a triple vocation: beacon lighting (of the entrance of a house, for example), architectural lighting (enhancement of a building) and accent lighting (to light a painting , jewel…). They are mainly used in ambient applications because they are not powerful enough to light a room. But to see the speed of progress in progress, they should soon leave their playful role to integrate all sectors of lighting.
What is their main asset?
In addition to their long lifespan and low energy consumption, LEDs offer color lighting that multiplies creative uses and possibilities. You can vary the color on the same light, which gives rise to a multitude of fun products: projector to dress a wall in red, bulb diffusing a bluish touch, night light diffusing a yellow light for a children's room ...
Are LEDs widely used today?
In view of all that exists on the market, their use is still limited. But they are used more every day because this technology interests all manufacturers. There are LEDs everywhere without knowing it: in mobile phones, car headlights, flashlights, traffic lights. And we are only in the infancy. Ultimately, LEDs will no longer have only an aesthetic role at home. It will gradually replace all traditional light sources. The bar The Suite in Strasbourg was entirely designed with LED lighting, to discover in pictures…