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Incandescent Boat Lights Versus LED Boat Lights

For many boaters, the jury is still out on Mini LED TV. Although LEDs have become the latest rage in boat lighting circles as of late, there still remains many boaters unsure of their effectiveness and value. This is somewhat understandable considering that some LED lights manufactured as little as 5 years ago weren’t quite up to the task of replacing current standard incandescent and HID lighting. Some of the common complaints were light color that was too cold with an almost bluish tint, LEDs that didn’t last nearly as long as they were supposed to, and light output that was below the advertised levels. Fortunately, most of the these problems were attributable to buyers purchasing cheaply made designs from less than established manufacturers in an effort to save a few dollars, and basic LED designs that simply lacked the refinements and improvements that later versions would benefit from. If you’re one of those boaters who remains on the fence regarding LEDs, follow along as we outline some of the many reasons why LEDs are now a very practical and effective alternative to the traditional incandescent boat light.

As we mentioned earlier, one of the biggest complaints boaters had regarding LEDs had to do with their cold light color. For the uninitiated, a lamp that produces a “cold” color of light is basically one that produces most of its light output towards the bluish end of the light spectrum. Because of the basic materials used to construct an LED and the unusual manner in which an LED produces light, they naturally tend to produce light in skewed towards the blue, or “cold” end of the light spectrum. Developers of LEDs who were intent on creating a version capable of replacing the tried and true incandescent bulb quickly realized that LEDs would have to be tailored to produce a “warmer” color of light if they were to be accepted by the general consumer.

Fortunately, it didn’t take long for developers to realize that they could coat LEDs with various materials which would help to shift the output towards the desired end of the light spectrum. This is usually done by coating the LED itself with phosphors, which help to alter the wavelength at which light is emitted. The result was the ability to shift the light output of the LED farther towards the middle of the light spectrum, effectively creating light output that was much whiter in appearance and more pleasing to the human eye. Today, developers can produce LEDs in a wide range of color temperatures ranging from very cold “bluish”, to very warm ‘yellow to reddish orange”, and just about anywhere in between. Today LED boat lights can be chosen with a specific color temperature in mind, allowing boaters to choose extremely white and powerful LEDs for exterior illumination, and softer more warm LEDs for cabin and cockpit illumination.

We also mentioned that LEDs often tended to have a shorter lifespan than was advertised. To be fair to the developers of LEDs, this was largely a problem born from the heavy efforts of many companies to capitalize on the growing LED markets. When LEDs began to rise in popularity, there were a lot of general product manufacturers who attempted to bring their own offerings into the markets at prices far less than the established leaders in lighting technologies. These LEDs tended to be constructed of cheaper materials and with a lot less attention to proper design and development. The result was a lot of LEDs appearing that although they looked good in the advertisement, proved to be less than a bargain when they failed after less than a couple months of use. The effect this had on the consumer end of things was significant, with many consumers deciding that LEDs were a poor replacement for their trusted incandescent bulb.

As time went on however, and the leading developers of LED technology like Cree and GE began producing quality LEDs at a more cost effective price, the ability of these cheap LEDs to compete in the marketplace began to diminish, and consumers found themselves finally presented with offerings that not only lived up to their promises, but in many cases exceeded them. LEDs from reputable manufacturers are now actually producing more light than comparable incandescent fixture while using only a fraction as much energy. Manufacturer claims of 50,000+ hour operation from a set of LEDs are also now hitting the mark, and LEDs with lifespans in the 100,000 hour range are becoming more common. When you consider that the typical halogen boat light has a life span of only 500 to 1500 hours, this increased longevity is a big deal indeed, and something we will go into in more detail next.

The biggest reasons why boaters have been so interested in LED lighting have been the extreme efficiency of the LED and its very long operating life. Conserving power on a boat is a challenge every boater faces, and finding ways to improve efficiency is a constant struggle. LEDs give boaters the ability to produce more light than standard incandescent bulbs, while using only a fraction as much energy. The standard 50 watt halogen bulb produces 850 lumens and draws about four and a half amps. An LED fixture on the other hand can produce that same 850 lumen output, while using only 12-16 watts, and drawing less than one and a half amps. Many boaters are finding that when they switch all of their lighting over to LEDs, they can literally cut the total number of amps pulled by their lighting systems by over half. This means you can run more lights, run them longer, use less power, and produce just as might light, with as good or better color quality.

Consumer Electronics – New FDI Destination

Despite several obstacles the consumer durables marketĀ  Google TV is on the way to achieve a steady and phenomenal growth rate which is the result of the rising purchasing power of the Indian middle class. Indians are adopting the latest technology products very rapidly and that is why the technology-oriented products are doing better in the market.

The demand and imports of the electronic products, along with the components is increasing 20-25% annually. Not only the hunger of adaptation of the new products but the increasing consumer awareness is also prompting the quality-consciousness.

Majority of consumer durables supplier groups in India are Multi Nationals which are here to tap the world’s fastest growing consumer electronics market. The growth of this segment during the year 2007-08 is estimated to be 12.5 over the previous year of 2006-07. The estimated production of the consumer electronics segment during 2007-08 was Rs. 22,500 crore. As far as exports are concerned, the total estimated exports growth of the electronics & IT products was 14.5 over the previous year.

Potential FDI Avenue

Being stimulated with the consumer durables market’s growth, the foreign giants are firming up their investments in India. Among their considerations is the willingness to establish India as their manufacturing hub for operations spread across the world. This is the reason why the electronics and electrical sectors have been attracting the highest FDI in India. Also, due to the strengthening rupee and its impact on the input costs for these import-intensive industries, this segment has potential to attract even greater FDI.

Other facts that act as shot-in-the-arm for the multinationals are conducive policy measures, availability of skilled manpower and lower input cost and logistics.

Investments getting shape

One of the leading electronics giants Samsung India, is set to develop its vendor base in Chennai for its global operations. LG Electronics is investing at its Noida and Pune centres to boost its export potential.

Reports indicate that investment plans of Haier and TCL are also in the pipeline. Especially, TCL, a leading giant of China, is planning to establish a manufacturing facility in India for its domestic as well as global market.

According to Mr M A Dhandapani, who is the member of Consumer Electronics and Appliances Manufacturers Association, the consumer electronics segment has been successful in attracting huge investments in R&D as well as capacity augmentation.

At the same time, the Director (sales & marketing), LG India, is upbeat about reaching Rs 1,000 crore annul export target in view of the promising markets of Europe, West Asia and Asia.

Another forerunner in the segment, Haier India, has recently acquired a manufacturing facility in Pune for refrigerators, colour television and washing machines.