High-power LEDs are used in a number of sign applications – including exit lighting, construction signs, emergency lighting, and billboards.
It is in the headlines worldwide. Cities, states, and countries around the globe are transitioning away from traditional lighting and towards newer technologies such as high-power LEDs for traffic, street, and other public lighting applications.

For example, the EU member nations - Japan, Australia, Brazil, and Canada -- will be enforcing bans on incandescent bulbs by 2012. Design engineers in medical device, sign, consumer electronic, appliance, decorative, security, and other lighting applications are also increasingly integrating high-power (1-watt capacity or higher) LEDs in the development of new products.

What is it about high-power LEDs that is creating such a buzz? Why is the LED market forecast to see significant growth in 2010 despite the challenging economy? The answer is two-fold; today’s high-power LEDs provide enhanced efficiency and better light.

Enhanced Efficiency

High-power LEDs are extremely energy efficient and provide excellent lumens per watt performance compared to alternative technologies. For example, a standard high-power LED can offer 80 lumens per Watt compared to 70 lumens per Watt for CFL (compact florescent lights) and just 15 lumens per Watt for incandescent lights.

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