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LED trivia to dazzle your friends with!

LED trivia to dazzle your friends with!

Fakenham’s Christmas lights have just been switched on, and the whole town – as well as the rest of Norfolk and the world – is finally ready for the festive season!

How about you?

Of course, what would the festive season be without a bit of trivia to amaze your family, friends, and work colleagues with at all those endless Christmas get-togethers? And, as we love a bit of trivia ourselves – especially when it’s related to LED lighting – we thought we’d share some of our favourite facts and figures with you. Keep them handy, so when Uncle Ken starts rambling on about how he only got a stocking full of coal and oranges on Christmas day, you can change the subject and rescue all your rellies from having to listen to that story for the millionth time this lifetime! Or keep them to yourself, so you’ll know precisely why LED is the perfect, cost-friendly and energy-efficient lighting source for every home and office… and instantly remember that Oliver Lamps is the perfect, cost-friendly and people-friendly place to buy your LED bulbs this Christmas and throughout the new year!

Hold on to your brainboxes! Here we go!

  1. What does LED stand for?

    Light-Emitting Diode.

  2. What’s a Light-Emitting Diode?

    A Light-Emitting Diode is a semiconductor light source that combines a P-type semiconductor with an N-type semiconductor. Don’t worry about the science; simply remember that P-type semiconductors have a larger hole concentration and N-type semiconductors have a larger electron concentration. This means that when you put enough voltage through them, the electrons and the holes have a big party at the P-N junction and release all their energy in the form of light.

  3. How much energy will Cousin Stanley’s dancing release at this year’s Christmas disco?

    That one’s impossible to answer but, back in 2008, two lighting geniuses in the Netherlands created the first sustainable dance floor that turns the kinetic energy from footsteps into electricity and generates enough power (35 watts per floor tile, to be exact) to keep the entire nightclub’s LED lighting system working. There’s also a company in London that puts electromagnetic generators under floor tiles. When people walk across them, each step can create up to 4 joules of off-grid electrical energy. Why not try that with Cousin Stanley and he might unknowingly keep your LEDs on well into the new year!

  4. How do LED’s change colour?

    That’s all to do with something called emission wavelengths and how they’re combined so the human eye can see them. For example, there are two typical ways of creating white LED light: one is by mixing a blue LED with yellow phosphor, the other is by combining the three primary colours – Red LED + Green LED + Blue LED – together.

  5. LED’s convert nearly 100% of the energy they consume into light.

    That’s a humungous improvement on old-fashioned energy-guzzling incandescents, which only convert about 9-10% of the energy fed into them into light.

  6. LEDs DON’T contain any mercury, and they’re at least 95% recyclable!

    On the other hand, Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) DO contain mercury and, because their fluorescent tubes die long before the rest of the lamp’s components, they also create hundreds of tons of unnecessary toxic waste every year.

  7. LED lamps are tough to break

    But if you break an incandescent lamp there’ll always be a lot of smashed glass to clean up; PLUS, if it’s a CFL, you’ll have the added danger of leaked mercury to worry about.

  8. LED bulbs don’t heat up like incandescents.

    It doesn’t matter how long your LED bulb is on; it still won’t burn you when you touch it. Anyone who’s ever touched an incandescent after a few minutes knows it’s a very different and painful story!

  9. LED’s have a very long lifespan

    If the average LED bulb was left permanently on throughout the whole of its life, it would take at least three years to burn out. Or let’s think about it another way. It took Tolstoy six years to write War and Peace. If he’d had an LED light bulb in his office (unfortunately, he was around a bit too early for LED) and installed it on the first day he started writing, he could have written War and Peace 3.3 times over, and the LED bulb would probably never have needed changing. Or, if you’re a Daniel Craig fan whose 2021 was ruined because No Time to Die is his last Bond movie, you could have installed an LED bulb in 2006 when the first Daniel Craig 007 film, Casino Royale, was released and it would still have been burning brightly 15 years later when you came home after No Time to Die mumbling, “I can’t believe they… [Whoops! Spoilers! Forget we said anything!].

  10. LED breeds significantly less bacteria than incandescent or fluorescent lighting

    You know when you go to your local supermarket and see LED light being used in the fresh food display? That’s because LED breeds significantly less bacteria than incandescent or fluorescent lighting.

  11. LED lamps have something called ‘Instant On’.

    Unlike incandescents and other forms of lighting, LED lamps have something called ‘Instant On’. That means, when you switch on any LED light, you instantly get its full brightness. Other types of lighting don’t only take a while to reach full brightness; their life span can be significantly reduced if you switch them off and then back on within fifteen minutes of them heating up.

FINAL FUN FACT: The famous Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree in London will be unveiled this year on Thursday 2 December. The tree is a traditional gift from the Norwegian people, who have sent a tree to us from Oslo every year since 1947. The people of Oslo felled this year’s tree on 16 November, and then it was loaded onto a lorry and driven more than 100km from Oslo to the port of Brevik, where it was transported onto a ship and set sail to the UK. The tree is very carefully wrapped up during its journey because any contact with salt water can damage it.

Once it arrives at Trafalgar Square, the tree is decorated in traditional Norwegian style and is usually covered with more than 600 white lights.

Fortunately, you don’t have to go to all that fuss to make your home look festive and fabulous this Christmas – just pop into Oliver Lamps! We’ve got light-up twig trees, lots of Christmas tree decorations, Christmas cushions, Christmas doorstops, Christmas gonks and reindeer (but not real ones – they’re too messy!), in fact, everything you need to get into the Christmas spirit! Pop into our showroom at 26/28 Oak Street, Fakenham, NR21 9DY and prepare to be enchanted! Alternatively, give us a call on 01328 855028 or drop us an email at [email protected].

We’re looking forward to seeing you soon and making your Christmas extra bright and magical!

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