LEDs Last Forever

Consumers rejoice, but the manufacturers and sellers not: the LEDs last really long.

She is 114 years old. In his world, it is the oldest. For Veterans of planned obsolescence, she is a heroine, registered in the Guinness Book of records: the bulb of the garage of the firefighters in Livermore, California, has already shined more than one million hours, and continues valiantly. Living embodiment that the bulbs have subsequently designed to do not last. But this bulb, very many generations later, finally a worthy of her descendants: LEDs, posing, you can rejoice, the industrialists of longevity found problem.

Our venerable bulb is almost without interruption since 1901. Invented by Professor Adolphe Chaillet, born in 1867 in France, and who started his own firm for the production of light bulbs in the United States in 1896, after emigrating there in 1892. She survived three webcams so far! You can see activity on the webcam currently in service.

Surprisingly, this August bulb is incandescent, the variety we have today to the obloquy for their short life span. Because actually, if you had plugged in you an January 1St of this year ordinary incandescent bulb and left it turned on continuously, she would be probably dead by worms… on February 12. These bulbs are burning indeed usually a thousand hours, roughly half less than the average bulb of the beginning of the 1920s.

The Leds Are Changing the Game

But LED light bulbs tell – for Light Emitting Diodes in English – are finally correcting this generator artifice of mess. Using the semiconductor technology, some can achieve a service life of 50,000 hours. The problem is that nobody has yet found the “business model” that suits in such a period of life.

The current penetration of LEDs on the market of the bulbs is 7% at the global level. The experts are predicting it will reach approximately 50% by 2022. In the first quarter of 2016, according to the American national association of the manufacturers of light bulbs, LED sales reached a quarter of sales. We therefore need to find a solution to the problem of modee business to make this sustainable industry. At the risk otherwise of the words found by the industry a century ago: artificially shorten their life.

1924, year of the conspiracy industry to shorten the life of the bulbs

Because it’s in 1924 that the large global companies of lighting, Philips, Osram and GE met in Switzerland to agree on a lifetime of 1,000 hours. This agreement is now considered to be one of the first examples of planned industrial obsolescence. This consultation was seen at the time not as a conspiracy against consumers and the environment, but as a necessary measure for employment, streamlined as such at the time of the great depression.

The LEDs come whatever it is contradicting a century of such practices. Most display 25,000 hours of life to the meter. If you have connected a 1St January alongside his ancestor incandescent, it would die out until May 15 of the following year. Knowing that lighting is on average only 1.6 hours a day, your LED should, in theory at least, give you satisfaction for… more than 42 years.

The industry worries about when enough LED will be on the market that they will begin to do that in their whole sales contract. Faced with this prospect, two strategies are emerging.

Already appearing on the market of cheaper LED, of poor quality and with shorter life spans. Alternatively, the LEDs are embedded in objects themselves for a shortened life expectancy.

The other approach is to predict the output of the market. In late may, Philips for example created a stand-alone company, Philips Lighting, anticipating that the traditional market of the bulbs will decrease. In Germany, Osram made a similar operation, as well as GE in October passed, society orbited can be easily resold if needed. This last is also positioned on sharp equipment, like the public street lights with sensors that alert the authorities when shots are detected in their area. Integrated connectivity is, more generally, the top-of-line path chosen by certain manufacturers, to give more value to their products.

Who knows, we watch with joy in 100 years first LED bulbs operate without stop since today. But this time thanks to webcams also made to last?