New uses in the field of LEDs seem to be popping up not yearly, but weekly. With the rapid growth in our technical ability to create this source, and with our ever-expanding LED calibration techniques, the industries and places where LEDs can and will be making a difference are incredible. It’s no longer just a different light bulb in your reading lamp, but a different disease that may soon be wiped out. LEDs are so revolutionary and versatile in their abilities that many of the ways they can be used just aren’t common knowledge. Below are four emerging and fascinating ways in which LEDs may be put to use in the future.
Better Tasting Milk
As bottles sit under harsh fluorescent lighting in grocery stores, some people have always felt that the conditions sour the taste. That intuition is beginning to be backed up by science; a recent study by researchers at Virginia Tech showed that LED lights interact with riboflavin more favorably than fluorescent lighting. This leads to better tasting milk. Plus, more widespread use of LEDs in grocery stores is a net positive for energy rates.
Lowering Suicide Rates
This incredible aspect of LED lighting has been used in Japanese bullet train stations for almost a decade now, and there is data to back it up. Using soothing, blue LED lights, the Journal of Affective Disorder found an 83% decrease in suicide attempts in comparable stations. Exactly why this seems to work is the source of debate and theory. But the fact that it does, for whatever reason, is powerful.
Mosquito and Malaria Protection
This one is pretty simple; mosquitoes (and many prey insects) aren’t actually attracted to the light that lamps put off, but the heat. Enter LEDs. With basically zero heat, it is believed that if LED lights are used in massive levels in the developing world, mosquito attraction will drop in urban areas. And with it, the rates of malaria are in decline. There is still some attraction based on lighting in general, many researchers have pointed out, but this could be better handled by flexible LEDs positioned correctly.
As the world population grows and land for widespread agricultural use becomes more scarce, there is hope for low-energy, high-yield crop growth: vertical farming. Using LED lighting and highly detailed calibration, companies are using stacked farming techniques inside abandoned or unused urban structures to grow crops. Additionally, finely calibrated LEDs can actually result in more stress-free livestock. With vastly lower energy and water use, this food of the future is seen by some as a technique that could be a billion dollar industry quite soon.
These are but a few of the many ways LEDs are improving and evolving our world. Gooch & Housego has the world-class instruments and LED calibration techniques to move in step with every advance in LED technology. For more information on our experience and products, contact us today at 407-422-3171 or toll-free at 800-899-3171.