Do LEDs represent the perfect lighting system or are we going sooner or later to invent a more sophisticated technology that will allow a better lighting? It is hard to say if yes or not. First of all, we should try to explain how LEDs work.These lights illuminate thanks to photons released by semiconductor materials that, through several complicated steps, emit these particles. These lights are divided into 6 categories of heat, which correspond to 6 different colors. The consumption is very low, since, in the worst case scenario, the absorption reaches 20 Amperes.
We are talking about a product that gives the best results with a minimum consumption. Do we really think that technology will be able to take a step forward and invent a new source of lighting, that will reduce to nil our consumptions and provide perpetual light?
We cannot exclude any answer but, right now, we can try to figure out how the bulbs of the future will be.
Self-sufficient perpetual light bulb …
With the passing of time, it seems obvious that new technologies, that will allow to reduce to zero power consumption, will be discovered. This will allow the invention of new light bulbs, that can be permanently illuminated, without having to rely on any source of electricity, so as to be energetically self-sufficient.
But there is still the problem of not having a light source, that does not need energy, to trigger from the inside a chemical or physical reaction that makes the surface fluorescence. The only solution would be to create in a lab, an unstable and radioactive chemical element that, with the release of various particles and radiation, is able somehow, to illuminate the interior of the bulb. The outer cap should be made of a very transparent yet resistant heavy material, that allows the light to shine through. However, a material that is able to block radiations and radioactivity at the same time, hasn’t been invented yet. Perhaps in the future, thanks to advanced lab instruments, this will be possible.
If such a bulb is going to be invented, how long will we be waiting for? Well, there is still much to be done before we discover a material that can provide a perpetual source of light. We will also need to discover an element capable of blocking the reflecting of radiation, that the hot material might emit. So, we don’t think that before the end of the century a perpetual light is going to be invented, unless there is going to be a breakthrough in the field of waves and quantum physics. Or maybe there could be a large investment for the research that will greatly increase the speed with which technological and electronic elements are studied. So, we think we will need to wait for a while before obtaining a working prototype of better light bulbs, than those we do have today.
What if LEDs were the most efficient source of lighting?
What if LEDs were the most efficient source of cold lighting? Technology will always try to improve itself, by producing more performing artificial and efficient semiconductors, able to release a large amount of photons compared to the one that the LEDs are able to emit today. Obviously, we will try to improve the chemical processes behind the release of these particles and the materials used, including the small covering glass bells. But how quickly will we invent the perfect bulb? It is hard to say, because today’s technology is going through a period of ups and downs. We can just say that within this century, the lighting sector will go far enough, developing new technologies and solutions. So for now, we should not worry of a new perfect bulb, but rather consider a gradual improvement in the LED lighting system era.
Do we really need to invent a perfect light bulb or does it only represent an objective we want to reach?
Do we really need a more powerful light than LEDs? Does it only represent an objective we want to achieve to feel satisfied that we won’t consume practically anything to brighten our houses? Just think about it: in developed nations, electricity belongs to everyone, and electricity produced today is more than enough to illuminate our homes, if you do not take into consideration other electronic devices that increase the demand. We are in a situation where energy absorption is bearable, and we can fully take advantage of electricity.
Do we really need to invent a perfect light bulb that will allow us to spend nothing for brighten our houses? Most likely we won’t need it, it only represents the perpetual human need of finding an answer to everything. Maybe in the future, when electricity consumption will be more than the electricity produced in energy plants, we will then need to think of a perpetual light bulb that will require less energy to work.
But how much should cost an innovative light bulb, like the one described above? Certainly, at the beginning the price will be prohibitive enough but, with the time, the price will tend to go down, as it happens for every product. The fairly high price will be justified by the usage of quite rare materials and the difficulties found to produce such dangerous materials in a lab, such as the hypothetical radioactive element and the inner heavy metal capsule to reflect radiations. Surely, even after a long time from its release, this mysterious light bulb will never reach the low market price of LEDs, which thanks to their great simplicity, manage to deliver the best results.
In conclusion, we are living in an era where technology is becoming even more important in our daily life. We would be completely lost without it, without lights or television, we will be out of the world. Technology is growing really fast, by introducing products on the market that can be used in video games as well as in virtual reality simulations. This is an industry that, until when there will be people eager to innovation and modernity, will go on to discover new solutions and inventions. Are we really going to discover something that will be better than LEDs regarding consumption and performance? Of course, we will eventually find something, however we do not know when and where, because as mentioned above, the development of technology is unforeseeable and therefore it is hard to make predictions or statements of what will be innovated or invented. We will only find it out with time, if a new source of light will be invented.