All Roads Lead to LEDs…

…in a world going green.

The LED Half-Watt State Series

LEDs are a constantly evolving and progressing technology, and LED*Waves is pleased to announce an advance in linear lighting: The LED Half-Watt State Series. Combining the utility of our classic Broadway Cuttable Light Bar with New Half-Watt SMD LEDs, these new light bars stand as an excitingly new stroke of genius in the lighting world. In honor of the upcoming Presidential election, the first model in this series is named after the state with the first-in-the-nation primary and whose motto is “Live Free Or Die” – New Hampshire. The LED New Hampshire Half-Watt Light Bar is the latest and brightest idea from the linear lighting experts at LED Waves.

Knowledge Is Power

We were recently contacted by a client about his bicycle shop. He wanted to replace the T5 fluorescent lights in his display cases with an LED alternative, which he thought would in turn both save his company money as well as render his products more attractive to customers. By comparing the up-front costs and energy consumption of T5s manufactured by Techno-Lite™ to both our classic Broadway LED Cuttable Light Bar and our new LED New Hampshire Half-Watt Light Bar, we assembled a thorough energy savings analysis for the client and even we were surprised at the numbers. By using the Broadway in his displays, he would save 82% annually; by using the New Hampshire, he would save 46%. The precise numbers run something like this:


Annual Material Cost

Annual Electric Cost

Annual Total Cost

Annual Savings

Material First Cost

Material Payback In Years

Techno-Lite T5 28W

$3,022.20 to $21,759.84

$3,458.45 to $24,900.83

$6,480.65 to $46,660.67


$6,900 to $49,680


LED*Waves Broadway

$635.98 to $3,746.48

$617.58 to $4,446.58

$1,253.56 to $8,193.05

$5,227.09 to $38,467.61 (82%)

$7,260 to $42,768

1.4 to 1.1

LED*Waves NH

$2,023.56 to $11,920.61

$1,852.74 to $13,339.73

$3,876.30 to $25,260.34

$2,604.35 to $21,400.3 (46%)

$23,100 to $136,080

8.9 to 6.4

“This is all well and good, but what about brightness and lumen output? The T5 must be dramatically brighter.”

In terms of brightness, a single T5 is indeed much brighter than a single light bar of either the Broadway or New Hampshire variety. However, the above calculations include a 1:2 replacement ratio, so brightness is actually already accounted for in these calculations. So, even when the brightness disparity is compensated for, our LED light bars will still save you 46-82% of your annual lighting costs.

Switching to a green lighting scheme at this stage may seem like a no-brainer to many of us, but the common reserves about switching are real; higher up-front costs, an expected reduction in brightness, and overall skepticism towards new technology tend to dissuade otherwise highly economical business- and homeowners alike from upgrading to an LED-based system. However, as the above analysis shows, these reserves are outdated and do not take the state of the art into consideration. As Joel Slavis, the President of LED*Waves, explains, “There are many cheap, useless LED lights on the market to watch out for. In fact, they probably outnumber the quality products. That’s why we work hard to do the research you would like to do but don’t have the time to do. I’ve been doing lighting now for over 40 years, and I’ve never been as excited by a new technology as I am by LEDs. Their tremendously long life and low energy consumption are something the entire world from first- to third- can embrace. This is why we do what we do.”

LED*Waves – Saving the world, one bulb at a time.

10 Things You Always Wanted To Know About LEDs (but were afraid to ask)

1. Over time, LED bulbs are CHEAPER than incandescents and CFLS. If you take into consideration energy costs, as well as time and resources spent replacing bulbs in the case of incandescents and CFLs, an LED bulb that lasts 80,000 hours (such as our Par-20) will actually quite literally cost less money. See our Blog article titled “Lights Out For Incandescents & Halogens” for further details on this.

2. LEDs are NOT created equal. Unlike us humans, LEDs are very diverse, and large amounts are downright useless in terms of general lighting applications. LED*Waves uses only the finest LEDs built around Cree XRE 5th Binning chips. These chips emit light with a Color Rendering Index of 85%. Lights that use these LEDs will not only last much, much longer than the novelty bulbs you’ll find just about anywhere, but 60% longer than competitively bright bulbs. Just remember: “If it doesn’t say Cree, it isn’t for me.”

3. Contrary to popular perception, LEDs DO generate heat, and it is in fact the biggest problem we face. We have seen a single chip that is as bright as a 100W incandescent bulb, but it’s practically useless because its installation in a fixture poses a yet unsolvable ventilation problem. Because of this issue, the chips installed in fixtures and bulbs must be ventilated properly, and the better the chip, the more difficult it is. There are far too many bulbs on the market that do not take this into consideration and either use cheap chips so they don’t have to ventilate them, or do not ventilate their chips properly, significantly reducing its lifespan. Granted, the average LED bulb is barely warm to the touch, but over time, if the chip is not specially ventilated as ours are, it will inevitably fail prematurely.

4. 100,000+ Hours Is A Myth. We take our product line very seriously and only tell you estimates backed by the best information. If you see a competitor advertising their lights as able to last 100,000 hours or more, take the rest of their claims with a large dose of suspicion. The “age” of our bulb is its “half-life”; when we say a bulb will last 80,000 hours, we mean at that point, the chips will have reached 50% efficiency and it ought to be replaced. In other words, they could very well last over 100,000 hours, but not practically speaking, so to use that as a selling point is misleading.

5. Price Matters. Any cursory search will reveal the fact that the LED bulb market is inundated with product. Many of these bulbs will be very cheap, i.e. under 20 dollars. These bulbs consist of questionable materials and dubious craftsmanship and do not reflect the state of the art. Our bulbs cost more than these cheap ones because we use high-quality chips whose prices are firmly set by manufacturers like Cree. This means that though our fixtures are more expensive, they are drastically superior.

6. 120V LED bulbs must be grounded properly. Beware when shopping for a 120V LED light bulb. If it is advertised as 120V, it means it has been designed to run on AC current (as opposed to DC), therefore it must be grounded. Grounding an LED bulb is tricky and very dangerous if not done properly as ours are.

7. Dimming an LED bulb is tricky. LEDs require constant current to operate. Because of this, if a standard dimming method is applied, it will flicker at regular intervals, or worse, simply not work. In order to dim an LED light, a 0-10V dimming module is required in order to “trick” the LED into emitting less light. In theory, all LED lights are dimmable with this module. However, there are bulbs on the market that claim to be dimmable on a standard switch and it is simply not true.

8. Know your lumens. The lumen is a standard unit of measure that has come into common usage as a tool used to compare LED bulbs to standard bulbs, such as incandescents and halogens. Very roughly, it is a measure of brightness. Lumen quantity is important, but maybe more important is lumen quality, i.e. luminous efficacy (lumen/Watt). Our LEDs have increased by 20% in efficacy over the past year to 60-70 lumens/Watt. Combining brightness and efficiency is the most important challenge us manufacturers face and it is very important that you the buyer demand to see statistics like these so that you may make an informed decision.

9. Know your degrees. There are two characteristics pertinent to LED lights that are measured in degrees: color temperature and beam spread. Color temperature refers to the color of the light emitted. In general, 3000 Kelvin is warm white (closer to infrared light) and 5000 Kelvin is cool white (closer to ultraviolet light). Cool white is brighter because it is the natural color of LED light, whereas chips that emit a warm white light require a phosphorous “filter” to “warm” the color temperature, thus reducing the chip’s brightness. Beam spread is the angle of the light that is being emitted. The lower the number, the more like a “spot” the light is. We offer lights in all color temperatures and all beam spreads, but we also want you to know the differences among them.

10. Know your rights. When you’re dealing with a technology as new and dynamic as LEDs, knowledge is power in a very acute sense. The less you are duped by poor salesmen and poorer products, the greater you will be able to benefit from the wonder that is the LED.

Empire State LED

We all know that a building as iconic as the Empire State Building deserves the finest accouterments technology can provide; that’s why she’s getting with the times and going green.

Since 1931, the Empire State Building has stood for New York City, and New York City has stood for it. Now, as the city’s energy and environmental concerns have grown, indicated by Mayor Bloomberg’s well-received PlaNYC 2030 sustainability initiative, the Empire’s lighting apparatus is loyally following suit. In particular, the Empire will soon begin to supplement its current fluorescent system with LEDs, or Light Emitting Diodes.

If this technology perchance rings foreign to your ears, chances are it won’t to your eyes; the video-billboards in Times Square we’re all so familiar with are built around the energy-efficient and super-intelligent technology of the LED. In addition, governments around the world are increasingly turning to the LED to emancipate the intersection at large from incandescent bondage. This is because the LED produces little heat, consumes extremely little energy, and lasts a tremendously long time.

But that’s not all.

The festive and symbolic color schemes that the Empire is so well known for used to take six men a full day to set up. Not only did these changes take a long time to make, the color options were restricted to the very limited number of color filters available. Now, because LEDs are a digital, ultra-intelligent technology, the Empire will have a near-infinite number of color options, controllable with the flip of a single switch.

Easy-to-use would be an understatement.

Consuming a mere fraction of the energy devoured by traditional lighting technologies, lasting much, much longer (up to 10 years!), and offering design and display options only dreamt about, it is abundantly clear that the LED is quickly becoming the most sensible lighting option out there. Needless to say, if the ultra-iconic Empire State Building can be considered a valid harbinger of change, the world seems to be on the brink of an LED revolution.

LED*Waves – Saving the world, one bulb at a time.

Turn your business into a multi-colored icon of forward-thinking change today with our LED Wall Washers!

Lights Out For Incandescents

Lights Out For Incandescents & Halogens

LED*Waves Makes Headway

LEDs have made serious headway in the field of architectural lighting through the growing use of LED-based wall washers, rope lighting, and accent lighting courtesy of companies like LED*Waves. This is clear if you simply “Google” the terms “LED Lighting”; you will find that one after the other, large-scale construction projects are committed to reducing energy-consumption through the implementation of architectural LED lighting. For these cavalier architects and builders, saving the earth has never been easier or more important.

Light bulbs, on the other hand, have been a bit trickier to persuade. They have been a recurrent hurdle for the LED revolution, and for many valid reasons: lumen output, light color, and a general inundation of the market with useless novelty bulbs. These issues have made for a rather small list of practical applications. However, over the past year, the LEDs used by LED*Waves have increased in efficacy by 20%, increasing from 50 lumens per Watt to 60-70 lumens per Watt. This has meant a dramatic increase in the amount of practical applications, which in turn has invigorated and contributed to the sustainability push in all sectors.

One particularly popular application is the replacement of halogen bi-pin bulbs with LED 5W MR-16 bulbs.

Using state-of-the-art 2nd Generation Cree™chips, the LED MR-16 bulb is making its move and getting noticed. A McDonalds in Orange County has decided to use our LED 5W MR-16 light bulb; The Greener Gallery in Salt Lake City is a cutting-edge sustainability gallery and they decided to use them as well. Both locations paired the bulbs efficiently and tastefully with Flex II Track Lighting purchased from Light Waves Concept. Their sleek design, potent lumen output, low energy consumption, and long-life express each establishment’s nose for both style and grace.

In the above cases and for a growing number of customers, the LED 5W MR-16 bulb effectively replaces generic 30W MR-16 halogens. The benefits of this upgrade are numerous. The halogen bulb lasts only about 1000 hours while the LED bulb lasts about 50,000 hours. This means that over the life of your LED bulb, another person still using halogens would go through 50 bulbs before yours stopped working. Add to this the fact that the 5W LED bulb consumes a mere fraction (1/6th) of the energy that the 30W halogen bulb consumes and it becomes clear that an LED upgrade isn’t simply affordable, it’s unavoidable.

Mission: Unavoidable

It’s clear that all large-scale lighting applications, from businesses to schools, stand to benefit from LEDs. Whether it’s T8 fluorescent replacement, halogen replacement, or large-scale incandescent floodlight replacement, the benefits make the upgrade a no-brainer. The homeowner and renter, on the other hand, have been resistant to capitalizing on these benefits due to their perceived negligibility on such a small scale.

LED*Waves recently sent one of its Cree™-powered LED Par-20 light bulbs to Pablo Päster, Sustainability Engineer and VP at ClimateCHECK, who in turn wrote in his May 8th about just this conundrum. However, he believes that LED bulbs turn out to be a very worthwhile investment, even for renters and homeowners: “The LED light does cost a few dollars more but the difference is negligible. Think of the time you will save by not running to the store to buy bulbs and climbing the ladder to change them.” His conclusion comes after a detailed analysis of the overall cost of 3 different bulbs of comparable lumen output: the LED 7W Par-20 bulb (500-550 lumens), the 10W compact fluorescent bulb or CFL (500 lumens), and the 40W incandescent bulb (460 lumens). Pablo’s calculations run something like this:

PERIOD = 50,000 Hours

PERIOD = 50,000 Hours

PERIOD = 50,000 Hours

Bulb Type

LED 7W Par-20 Bulb


40W Incandescent

Average Price per kWh

$0.15 per kWh

$0.15 per kWh

$0.15 per kWh

# of Required Replacements




Wattage of Bulb




Price To Operate Per Period




Total Up-Front Cost








The other critical point of comparison is efficiency, or a bulbs ability to convert the energy it consumes into light instead of heat. Here is a quick comparison:

Bulb Type

LED Par-20 Bulb


40W Incandescent

Wattage of Bulb




Luminous Efficiency




Luminous Efficacy

78.6 lumens/Watt

50 lumens/Watt

11.5 lumens/Watt

And the Par-20 is only the tip of the iceberg. LED*Waves also has a 900 lumen 14W Par-30 and a 1600 lumen 21W Par-38. Stay tuned for more on these bulbs!

LED*Waves – Saving the world, one bulb at a time.

LED*Waves Is Born

Light*Waves Concept, Inc. has officially divided and founded a new endeavor – LED*Waves. This new division is committed to finding, creating, and sharing Green lighting solutions for everyone.

Joel Slavis, Chief Lighting Consultant for Light*Waves Concept, says this about the division: “You don’t ask for the world to be saved. You just perceive the need and act. LED lighting is quickly becoming an obvious solution to the universal problem of energy waste through widespread use of inefficient lighting technologies, so it seemed nothing more than natural for me to form this new company.”

LED*Waves – Saving the world, one bulb at a time.