2021 Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering: LED Lighting!

Hey Everyone,

Time to charge up the week with another installment of the weekly current ⚡🔋⚡

This week we are going to showcase LED lighting which is very near and dear to us here at Ohmify. As you can see from the title of this week’s current, the creators of LED lighting were in the spotlight for their work and or good reason:

The 2021 Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering was awarded to Isamu Akasaki, Shuji Nakamura, Nick Holonyak Jr, M. George Craford and Russell Dupuis for the creation and development of LED lighting, which forms the basis of all solid state lighting technology.

Solid state lighting technology has changed how we illuminate our world. It can be found everywhere from digital displays and computer screens to handheld laser pointers, automobile headlights and traffic lights. Today’s high-performance LEDs are used in efficient solid state lighting products across the world and are contributing to the sustainable development of world economies by reducing energy consumption.

Visible LEDs are now a global industry predicted to be worth over $108 billion by 2025 through low cost, high efficiency lighting. LED lighting is 75% more energy efficient than traditional incandescent and compact fluorescent bulbs, and is playing a crucial role in reducing carbon dioxide emissions. LED bulbs last 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs and their large-scale use reduces the energy demand required to cool buildings. For this, they are often referred to as the ‘green revolution’ within lighting.

https://qeprize.org/winners/led-lighting

Here is a short and informative video breaking down LED technology and why those who were responsible for its creation and development were awarded. I only wish that every time I bread boarded an LED that it would make epic music like that found in the video below 😋

If you want to learn more about the evolution of the LED and the QEPrize, check out the link below entitled “The Journey to LEDs”:

https://qeprize.org/winners/the-journey-to-leds

What are your thoughts about LED lighting and their impact on your life and/or the world around you? We’d love to hear from you!

Have fun everyone 😃