Archive for July, 2011

Rope Lighting Great in the Summer

Friday, 15 July, 2011

Rope lights have long been delegated as cheesy, standard Christmas tree lighting for the holidays, but they are now making a big comeback. LED rope lights have brought creative and multipurpose accents in decorative lighting for the home and the holidays, but also illuminating the warm nights of Summer. It would, like all decorating ideas, require time, tools and quite a few stops to a community hardware depot. Installing LED lighting will definitely yield hours of enjoyment as a weekend venture and artistic release.

You will need certain lengths of LED rope lights and an installation kit. Fortunately our LED rope lighting installation kit already comes with hooks, clips, screws, power cord connectors, splice fittings and that will help you set up the LED rope light according to your design. You have to plan the layout of your LED lighting before you install it. Here are some tips for decorative lighting. The following lists highly original LED rope lighting decorative ideas:

Inside illumination. LED lights work great for indoor home lighting. You could use LED rope lights to light up certain room fixtures like the bedposts, cabinets or existing molding. You can also use different color LED rope lights to accent the room paints to make it more decorative.

Outside radiance. You could line LED rope lights on the usual yard stuff like garden swings, outdoor terrace, gazebos, or even along pathways. That will definitely create a homey, comfy mood. Alternatively, you could twirl LED rope lights on tree trunks and have their edges dangling for a fancy effect in the otherwise dull garden.

Safety fortification. You could add LED rope lights to flight of stairs and hallway floors for added light especially at night. Bathrooms at night could be lined with LED rope lighting to provide security from possible accidents.

Feature presentations. Depending on the current holiday, you can twist; bend or tie LED rope lights into knots to illustrate flag colors, Jack O’Lanterns, Santa on a sleigh, etc. to get into the mood of the season 

This glowing light creation is available in many colors of the rainbow – red, orange, bright yellow, green, blue and purple. These are great for holiday seasons.

No matter what kind of LED rope light you intend to use for home lighting, you have to keep them away from water and turn them off during the daytime, lest you burn them out, although LED rope lights are guaranteed to last for years. They remain cool while taking in a small amount of electricity, making it the most flexible item for spicing up the vicinity with lights.

Too Many LEDs A Bad Thing?

Wednesday, 13 July, 2011

The LED research division of TrendForce, has indicated that there will be no obvious increase in LED production in 2011. Although this is traditionally the peak season for the LED industry, there has been strong doubt about oversupply spreading on weak market demand. LEDinside estimates that LED chip supply volume in 2011 will be about 100 billion units and demand volume is around 89 billion units; an oversupply ratio reaches 12%. In addition, after LED chip makers’ capacity expansion comes online in 2012, supply will increase rapidly. It is estimated that oversupply ratio will then rise to 21%.

For the consumer this should be a good thing with LED prices falling in accordance with the nature of supply and demand cycles. However, with the main force behind purchases being cash-strapped governments, both local and federal, many LED companies, especially the supply and distributors will feel the pain of the weak economy and may not be able to recover. Many of these companies are sitting on large inventories of LEDs that will soon be valued far less than what they were paid for. The inevitable will be large dumps of  LEDs on the market, further reducing prices. Again, great for the consumer, but only for the short term.

The long term outlook doesn’t look so rosy.  These mid-sized companies play an important role in forcing manufacturers to retain quality control procedures that they would otherwise not bother with. They also protect consumers by weeding out poorly made LEDs. Without them LED lights would not have come this far and won’t be able to go much further.