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Re: Led's

Posted By: Don Miner
Date: Monday, 1 March 2010, at 7:50 a.m.

In Response To: Re: Led's (james1095)

> There is no one size fits all lighting
> technology. LEDs are fantastic for some
> applications. They're a great improvement to
> flashlights, automotive tail lights, traffic
> signals, large outdoor video screens, stuff
> like that. IMO nothing will ever come close
> to the look of real neon, it's fantastic
> stuff that has fascinated me for as long as
> I can remember

> The problem is that the great improvements
> in LEDs in recent years have created this
> buzz that they're the greatest thing ever
> for everything. When all you've got is a
> hammer, everything looks like a nail...
> There are some that offer very good
> performance, but most of the LEDs on the
> market are import knockoffs and I've had
> quite a few not last as long as the small
> incandescent lamps they replaced. On top of
> this, anyone who makes anything here (in the
> US) is competing against the dirt cheap
> labor in China and whether you make neon or
> picnic tables it's hard to do that.

> Hang in there if you can, unfortunately I
> don't see a lot of future in the business as
> far as primary income goes, but I don't want
> to see it go away.
The gas company I deal with, left me some propane the other day, and I noticed their taillights on the truck had some led's out. They had them installed last summer. Some safety feature for a gas truck, huh? I have been seeing traffic lights out everywhere, for several months. The 130 volt incandecent bulbs used to last for years, so where are the savings? Who ever came up with this led thing being the magic cure-all must have been a politician. Peace, Don

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