One of the latest technological advancements in the lighting industry is LEDs.
This revolutionary lighting solution has forced consumers to choose it over conventional fluorescent bulbs because it promises greater efficiency, lower energy consumption, a considerable lifespan, and most importantly, cost-effectiveness. Stick with us as we explore the benefits of LED lights that are worth knowing about.
Conventional fluorescent and incandescent bulbs have a lifespan of around 1500 hours, whereas an LED light can run continuously for up to 60,000 hours. Most LED lights have a lifespan of more than five years and don’t need to be replaced more often. This improved lifespan reduces the maintenance and operating costs, making it an ideal choice for households as well as businesses.
Whether it’s tube lights or incandescent bulbs, most conventional lighting solutions either contain neon gas, whereas others have a filament that produces light. Each of these lighting sources is fragile and can break easily on impact. On the other hand, LED lights are a sturdy alternative as they use a semiconductor material housed in a plastic enclosure to provide extra protection and sturdiness.
The manufacturing of neon tubes requires the use of toxic chemicals like mercury, which poses a grave danger to the environment. Surprisingly, the production of LED lights does not produce toxic waste material and is an environment-friendly alternative. LEDs produce far less of a carbon footprint than other lighting solutions. Besides helping to reduce carbon emissions, you don’t need as many LED lights to get the illumination you want, and they last longer. Manufacturing fewer LED lights means there is less energy consumed during production and less waste produced that could potentially harm the environment.
Considering the efficiency of any given appliance is important. LED (light emitting diode) lights use 90% less energy when compared to incandescent bulbs, making them an energy-efficient lighting solution that many prefer. Because they use less energy, they are consequently less expensive and a great by-product is that they don’t need much maintenance. LEDs operate flawlessly under extremely cold conditions and don’t require a higher operating voltage than fluorescent bulbs.
There are a variety of practical applications for LED lights, the most notable applications are in the household lighting, military, architectural, entertainment, automotive, and gaming industries. From desk lamps to floodlights, LEDs are a simple yet effective lighting solution to choose from.
Variety of Colors
You can easily find LED lights in a variety of base colors, whereas incandescent bulbs use colored filters to produce that colored light effect. Colored LED lights can also be mixed to produce other colors and shades of light.
Incandescent bulbs emit more than 80% of the electrical energy they consume in the form of heat while using no more than 10% to produce light. On the other hand, LEDs emit little amounts of heat and use 75% less energy than traditional bulbs.
As LEDs are tiny diodes, they can be arranged in any formation you can think of. Besides purchasing consumer-ready LED lights, you can make your own arrangements for LED lights with ease. From lighting up your doorway to the backyard stone walkway, LEDs can be installed in any arrangement and formation you can think of.
Instant Lighting Solution
As opposed to a halide lamp that needs a few seconds to warm up before providing light, LEDs light up instantly. Furthermore, switching LEDs on and off more often has an almost negligible effect on their longevity or efficiency. That’s the reason LEDs are an ideal choice for public places where lights need to be switched on and off often.
Low Voltage Requirement
LEDs can easily run on voltages as low as 12 volts. In areas prone to natural disasters like wind storms or flooding, using these low-voltage lighting solutions is an excellent choice as these lights can run for days, providing uninterrupted light. The chances of getting an electric shock from a 12-volt line are a lot less than from a conventional voltage line ranging from 110 to 220 volts.
Most conventional light sources emit light at a 360-degree angle, failing to illuminate or focus on one area. Different light deflecting accessories like bulb holders are required to focus light in one place when using traditional lighting options. However, LEDs shed light at an angle of 180 degrees, making them a perfect pick for lighting kitchens, bathrooms, hallways, and even Illuminating artworks.
LEDs are indeed an excellent lighting solution that is not only cost-effective but an efficient way of lighting up your household, workplace, or commercial space. We hope the advantages we shared above can help you understand the effectiveness of this awesome lighting option.
On email security in the era of hybrid working
With remote working the future for so many global workforces – or at least some kind of hybrid arrangement – is there an impact on email security we are all missing? Oliver Paterson, director of product management at VIPRE Security, believes so.
“The timeframe that people expect now for you to reply to things is shortened massively,” says Paterson. “This puts additional stress and pressure on individuals, which can then also lead to further mistakes. [Employees] are not as aware if they get an email with a link coming in – and they’re actually more susceptible to clicking on it.”
The cybercriminal’s greatest friend is human error, and distraction makes for a perfect bedfellow. The remote working calendar means that meetings are now held in virtual rooms, instead of face-to-face. A great opportunity for a quick catch up on a few emails during a spot of downtime, perhaps? It’s also a great opportunity for an attacker to make you fall for a phishing attack.
“It’s really about putting in the forefront there that email is the major first factor when we talk about data breaches, and anything around cyberattacks and ransomware being deployed on people’s machines,” Paterson says around education. “We just need to be very aware that even though we think these things are changing, [you] need to add a lot more security, methods and the tactics that people are using to get into your business is still very similar.
“The attacks may be more sophisticated, but the actual attack vector is the same as it was 10-15 years ago.”
This bears true in the statistics. The Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) found in its Phishing Activity Trends Report (pdf) in February that attacks hit an all-time high in 2021. Attacks had tripled since early 2020 – in other words, since the pandemic began.
VIPRE has many solutions to this age-old problem, and the email security product side of the business comes primarily under Paterson’s remit. One such product is VIPRE SafeSend, which focuses on misaddressed emails and prevents data leakage. “Everyone’s sent an email to the wrong person at some point in their life,” says Paterson. “It just depends how serious that’s been.”
Paterson notes one large FMCG brand, where a very senior C-level executive had the same name as someone else in the business much lower down. Naturally, plenty of emails went to the wrong place. “You try and get people to be uber-careful, but we’ve got technology solutions to help with those elements as well now,” says Paterson. “It’s making sure that businesses are aware of that, then also having it in one place.”
Another part of the product portfolio is with EDR (endpoint detection and response). The goal for VIPRE is to ‘take the complexities out of EDR management for small to medium-sized businesses and IT teams.’ Part of this is understanding what organisations really want.
The basic knowledge is there, as many organisational surveys will show. Take a study from the Enterprise Security Group (ESG) released in October in terms of ransomware preparedness. Respondents cited network security (43%), backup infrastructure security (40%), endpoint (39%), email (36%) and data encryption (36%) as key prevention areas. Many security vendors offer this and much more – but how difficult is it to filter out the noise?
“People understand they need an endpoint solution, and an email security solution. There’s a lot of competitors out there and they’re all shouting about different things,” says Paterson. “So it’s really getting down to the nitty gritty of what they actually need as a business. That’s where we at VIPRE try to make it as easy as possible for clients.
“A lot of companies do EDR at the moment, but what we’ve tried to do is get it down to the raw elements that every business will need, and maybe not all the bells and whistles that probably 99% of organisations aren’t going to need,” Paterson adds.
“We’re very much a company that puts a lot of emphasis on our clients and partners, where we treat everyone as an individual business. We get a lot of comments [from customers] that some of the biggest vendors in there just treat them as a number.”
Paterson is speaking at the Cyber Security & Cloud Expo Global, in London on December 1-2 around the rising threat of ransomware, and how the security industry evolves alongside this threat. Having a multi-layered approach will be a cornerstone of Paterson’s message, and his advice to businesses is sound.
“Take a closer look at those areas, those threat vectors, the way that they are coming into the business, and make sure that you are putting those industry-level systems in place,” he says. “A lot of businesses can get complacent and just continue renewing the same thing over and over again, without realising there are new features and additions. Misdelivery of email is a massive one – I would say the majority of businesses don’t have anything in place for it.
“Ask ‘where are the risk areas for your business?’ and understand those more, and then make sure to put those protection layers in place to help with things like ransomware attacks and other elements.”
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