New Delhi, India—Highlighting the creeping advancement of alternative energy
sources into the sign industry is a new law passed by the Delhi government this
September. It requires the use of solar power to light all advertising billboards
in the city, effective immediately.
According to a report in The Hindu, the law states that all billboards be lit
by solar power voltaic systems, installed and paid for by the sign owners. As
with India, there are many nations whose energy issues force them to take into
consideration any option that may save cost. And though forcing sign owners
to use cheaper energy sources, as in Delhi, may sound harsh, the concept of
alternative energy for sign components is not so foreign to some major companies.
LEDtronics, Inc. of Torrance, California, now has a satellite office in Karachi,
Pakistan. The LED manufacturer is working with Pakistani officials to more efficiently
light various aspects of the country's infrastructure. They are installing LEDtronics-designed
LEDs and powering them with solar panels. The typical system utilizes a 15-Watt
solar panel and three 1.2-Watt LED bulbs that can be illuminated for up to six
hours on one charge. Systems using two and four LED bulbs and solar panels of
six and fifteen watts are also being installed.
LEDtronics President and CEO Pervaiz Lodhie dedicates much time and energy
working with the National Rural Support Program and the Alternative Energy Development
Board in Pakistan to help integrate LED technology into the country's lighting
Sign companies in Europe are investigating alternative energy sources as well.
Fausto Martin, technical manager for Siet, in Italy, points out that wind can
also be a source of lighting energy. One experimental windmill installed in
Germany harnesses the wind's power to illuminate the circular neon lights that
cover it. As engineers continue to research it, Martin makes an interesting
observation about wind as an energy source: "In less than six months, it
generates the volume of energy that was required for its manufacture."
With an average LED life span of 100,000-plus hours (11 years), LEDs operate
reliably year-after-year. Solid-state design renders LEDs impervious to electrical
and mechanical shock, vibration, frequent switching and environmental fluctuation.
Integrated current-limited resistors prevent short-circuiting. LED lamps use
only 10% - 20% of the energy consumed by equivalent incandescent lamps that
when combined with their maintenance-free operation results in substantial cost
LEDtronics, manufactures LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) Lamps for a wide variety
of applications from decorative lighting, Signage, panel mounts, Industrial
lighting to theme parks. Our product line encompasses an array of direct incandescent
replacement Based LED lamps and bulbs, Low cost Snap-in and Relampable Panel
Mount LED lamps, for all standard electrical bases and voltages.
For additional information, contact LEDtronics toll free at 1-800-579-4875,
telephone 310-534-1505, fax at 310-534-1424, click here to email us
or mail at LEDtronics Inc., 23105 Kashiwa Court, Torrance, CA 90505.
Visit our website at www.LEDtronics.com.
For Technical Information Contact:
Jordon Papanier at 310-534-1505