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What Are LEDs? / 2013-07-24


Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) are part of a class of lighting called Solid State Lighting (SSL). Unlike incandescent or compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), LEDs are small electronic components that convert electricity into light.
LEDs are already being used in a variety of applications:
Status lights on electronic devices of all kinds
Decorative lighting strings (both indoor and outdoor)
Auto headlamps
Traffic lights
Outdoor lighting fixtures for parking lots, streets, and parks
Architectural lighting
Retail display lighting
Desk and task lights
Home lighting applications such as recessed down-lights and under-cabinet lights
LED applications allow for extraordinary flexibility in lighting design with regard to color, brightness, size, shape, and distribution. There is even a fabric with LEDs incorporated into the weave—imagine t-shirts with designs that change shape and color, or a sofa in an airline terminal with a digital clock displayed across its cushions!