Thursday, May 31, 2012

Mobile Christmas Lights

I have a confession to make: I've always wanted to decorate my car with lights at Christmas. When I was a kid there was a man in our neighborhood who drove an old surplus military jeep left over from the Korean War. Every Christmas he would decorate it with a couple strings of Christmas lights he rigged to the battery and off he went. We used to get a kick out of watching him drive around town with those big, brightly colored incandescent light balls glowing in the night.

Some 40 years later I'm still fascinated by the concept and would like to try it myself. However, I'm not about to use incandescent bulbs because they get too hot, use too much power, and break too easily. Thankfully, there's a solution in three chip LED light strips. Today's LED technology not only provides bright lights that look great, they're also much more efficient and safe to use than incandescent. And unlike Christmas bulbs of old, manufacturers are well aware of that people like me will use them for strange purposes. They accommodate us by enclosing them in tubing, providing flat strips with an adhesive backing, and other such creative things to help us make the most of them.

Hooking up the Electric

If I decide to do this for the coming Christmas my only real problem will be hooking up the electrical source. I admit I am not an electrical genius by any stretch the imagination. But I have a couple friends who worked in the field for many years; they'll be able to give me the right advice. I'll need to know how many three chip LED light strips I can put together, how to connect them to the car's electrical system, and how prevent an overload that could definitely ruin my Christmas cheer.

One thing I do know is that it won't be as simple as inserting a plug-in to a socket. I'm thinking some of the light strips I buy are probably going to need at least a minor modification; I'll let my electrician friends make that decision though.

If all goes well maybe there will be some seven and eight year olds looking out the window as I drive down their street. Perhaps I will inspire them to take on their own unique decorating ideas when they become adults. And who knows? By that time single and multi-chip LEDs may not even exist anymore. I doubt the incandescent light bulbs will still be around.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

LED Tubes

There are T5,T8,T10 ..

LED Lighting vs. T5 Technology

T8 sellers:

LED T8 Commercial Grade from Sylvania
LED Linear T8 from Maxlite
T8, 20W LED replacement tube for a 4' fluorescent tube from HomeHandyGuy Inc.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

LED Manufacturers

Here we list all the LED Manufacturers all over the world.


Everlight, Delta Electronics, Nanya Photonics.


Taiwan Everlight has intended to cooperate with distributors in mainland China.



LED Bulbs

Need to buy LED bulbs ?  Here is the reviews and comparisons for them.

You can also read the reason to Buy LED Light Bulbs.

Other guides about how to choose LED bulbs:

1 Choosing the Right Light Bulb from marketwatch.

LED light bulbs are the way of the future, but right now the technology is new and the light quality isn't great. A strategy for using LED light bulbs

3 LED Light Bulbs Earn “Top Rated” Recommendations  from PRWeb .

Monday, May 28, 2012

LED Light Strips Add Just the Right Touch

Last spring my wife and I were preparing for another season of trying to sell our home. We'd been trying for more than a year-and-a-half to find a buyer willing to at least let us pay off our mortgage so we could downsize and move into an apartment. Still, we decided we would make some minor cosmetic improvements just in case summer came and went without a sale.

What turned out to be our favorite improvement was in the kitchen. We had previously taken down the old wallpaper and given the space a fresh, new coat of paint, along with new appliances and counter tops. But we never did deal with the old, outdated lighting. So we decided to change that. After consultations with our real estate agent and a few designers we agreed to pull out all the old fixtures, put one main fixture in the center of the space, and take care of the remaining lighting with LED light strips.

Over the kitchen sink there was a fixture from the 1960s hidden by a piece of fascia. But if you stood right at the sink and looked directly up, you could see that ugly "flower power" ornamentation staring you right in the face. Needless to say, I pulled it out and patched the hole with some drywall. On the back of the fascia we mounted two 3 chip LED strips so they would still be out of view unless you were directly underneath. With one flip of the light switch an area that once looked average now glowed with a beautiful warmth.

To the left of that area was a counter top with a row of cabinets overhead. The counter top used to house the range, which was separate from the double oven, but when we replaced the appliances that range was no longer necessary. We replaced it with a butcher block in order to utilize that space for food preparation. Yet what to do with the space underneath the cabinet left vacant by the old exhaust hood?

The solution was a single LED strip run around the entire perimeter of the underside. For that application we used a strip with a single RGB LED chip that glows with a soft, blue hue, accenting the royal blue finish of the wood. The bottom of the cabinets are just below eye level so we're not looking directly into the light when were preparing food.

Finally, we took advantage of a lot of old gum wood by running single chip white strips along the underside of the quarter-inch crown molding. With the main fixture off and all the LED strips on, the entire kitchen area changes personality completely. So much so that the couple who eventually bought our house said the kitchen was their favorite room. What we installed for our own enjoyment may have been what made the sale.

Monday, May 7, 2012

The Types of LED Strips

There are many kinds of LED strips, but in fact there are only four factors you need to consider about :



it's the first look at the LED strips, you will see the materials, water-proof and style.


LED type

It's LED SMD 5050 or LED SMD 3528. The 3528 is smaller than 5050.



How many LED lights elements in one meter. There are 60 LEDs/meter, 78 LEDs/meter, 120 LEDs/meter.



It's the most important. Insert the plug to see the LED strip is blue, amber, warm white or cool white.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Outdoor Tree Lights

The outdoor tree lights are used in gardens, roads and any outdoor environment. The good outdoor tree lights are easy to install,safe, water-proof and free for maintaining. Today the LED ropes are the best outdoor tree lights. They have the following advantages :

1) The LED outdoor tree lights are very easy to install, you don't need to install the lights separately,just connect the LED rope to the 220v AC, and it's safe .

2) The LED outdoor lights are low voltage, and water-proof.

3) The LED lights can be used for life time.