LED lights then and now

It is relatively recently that people were reliant on heavy lights and expensive batteries for their cycle lights. Go a little further back in time and the worlds first cyclists were riding around country lanes with candle lit lanterns on the front of their bikes! Consider then how things have changed for us today. The ease, performance and simplicity of today’s LED lights is simply astounding given the fact that most of the developments have taken place over such a short space of time. Whether you are a hobby cyclist or a serious rider who relies on their bike to get to and from their place of work then you should consider LED lights for your needs. In the early days of the LED (light emitting diode) things were not so simple as they are today, the light from the earliest LED’s were not white but coloured and it took much development to get to where we are now.

LED lights and their inventor

It was Nick Holonyak who invented LED lights in 1962 and the brilliant scientist has received the most prestigious scientific awards for his work in the field. Not a rookie by any means Mr Holonyak had already been credited with the invention of the dimmer switch by the time he hit upon the idea of using semiconductors to create light. His work has revolutionized the lighting industry and at least 31 patents have come as a direct result of his work. Today LED’s can be found in so many practical applications that it is difficult to imagine a world without this handy and reliable source of light. Not only are they great for bicycles and other vehicles but they can be found in alarm clocks, Christmas decorations, televisions and lamps; in short they are everywhere. If you decide that they are the best choice for you then it may be worth knowing more about how they work and what makes them so reliable.

LED lights in a nutshell

A light emitting diode is basically a semiconductor light source. When we introduce a source of power to the diode then holes within the apparatus are filled with electrons which in turn release photon energy. Light emitting diodes are very tiny, less than 1mm and when they are arranged in certain groupings they create the lit-up panels seen on computer screens, clocks and other forms of LED lights. Because they are so small and light, it is possible to use LED’s in many applications and it is this which makes them perfect for use within cycle lighting.

LED Lights for bikes

For use with cycles, LED lights are a great choice. Sturdy and light, they use very little energy and this proves a real advantage when it comes to replacing batteries. Many cyclists prefer them over other lighting types due to their brightness, seeing and being seen on the road is vital if you are a keen cyclist; no matter whether you ride on busy urban streets or quiet country lanes. In bad weather a steadily flashing LED tail light can be a life safer...quite literally.