by Sal Cangeloso, O’Reilly Media, Maker Press
LED Lighting is a modern technology that appears to be on the verge of widespread acceptance as price points come down and less energy efficient incandescent bulbs are replaced by the solid state technology. As the title states, this book is a primer to the lighting technology of the future. LED lighting is already available but has yet to reach critical mass of widespread acceptance. This tipping point may not be far off as research advances and consumer products drop in price.
LED Lighting is a small book that is loaded with information. I found it to be a quick read and highly informative. According to US Dept.of Energy statistics, lighting accounts for 14% of all electricity consumed in the US. Given the savings offered by solid state LED lights when compared to incandescent lighting we stand to decrease our lighting energy consumption by as much as 46% by 2030. This will provide substantial benefits to all of us.
The book provides a good overview of LED technology without getting overly technical. The author links to resources and offers suggestions for those looking to delve deeper into the subject. The issue of being an early adopter versus waiting until the technology matures is discussed to allow the reader to form an opinion based upon their circumstance.
For those who like to experiment the appendix features a section on Do It Yourself LEDs using a small battery, circuit breadboard and components that should be readily available at a hobby shop or electronics outlet. Overall I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn the basics about LED lighting.
Disclosure: I received a free e-book copy for review purposes.