Retailers Must Keep Up with the Lighting Technologies of the Future

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Canada and other countries plans to rid themselves of incandescent light sources, driving the sale of LED lights by companies such as MereGear.

Canada plans to do away with all incandescent light sources by 2012. They will soon be the second country to implement this new legislation, Australia being the first. This means people will have to give up their 60watt bulbs, which usually cost around $1, for $8 fluorescent bulbs, though these extreme measures are probably years away. Technology continues to advance, however, and less expensive alternative lights may soon be available. Many alternative light sources are already available from retailers like MereGear.

One of the most progressive advances in the last 10 years has been the LED, which stands for Light Emitting Diode. These light sources have been around for years, but the manufacturers of these diodes have been aggressively increasing their quality and intensity. Most people are familiar with the basic LED flashlight that is found in many hardware stores, gas stations, home improvement stores and Web sites like LED flashlights typically consist of three, six nine LEDs in a cloverleaf configuration. The price varies, but they are usually anywhere from $2 to $150.

The difference between an inexpensive LED flashlight and a higher end LED flashlight is the quality of the manufacturing. The Light Emitting Diode (LED) comes in a very broad spectrum of products, from low quality manufacturing to high quality manufacturing. The more the manufacturer has to invest in a product's quality, the more it will cost. So, the manufacturing of cheap LED flashlights requires the purchase of cheap diodes, which usually do not provide the same quality and performance. This is why not all LED flashlights are equal. People purchase low end LED flashlights and are not unimpressed by the light output, although they usually are happy with the longevity of the bulb and the battery usage.

There are only a small number of manufactures that have risen to the top of the LED flashlight industry, companies such as Coast LED Lensers, Surefire and Pelican. They should become more important as more countries begin to rely on their products more exclusively. Coast LED Lensers is the industry leader in technologically advanced, high quality LED handheld lights, and they're carried by MereGear. They use only the most powerful LEDs, patented reflector systems and the highest quality components to make the brightest, most energy efficient LED lights available. Coast manufactures a LED flashlight called the V2 Tactical Power Chip Torch, for example, which has a prism reflector system, 1.25 watt LED, tactical lightweight aluminum casing, uses only 3 AAA batteries, 24k gold contacts, puts out 60 lumens, weighs just over six ounces, is only 4.5 inches long and has a working battery life of 100 hours.

LED technology is one of many different new types of energy efficient lighting sources that are expected to become more dominant in the future.

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About MereGear:
MereGear supplies superior products for the established outdoorsman, specializing in LED flashlights, emergency lights, safety lights and other LED lights, as well as folding knives, fixed blade knives, fishing knives, hunting knives, multi-tools and most other kinds of knives. They only provide products that are leaders in the industry which they have personally used and tested.

Kane Powell
President - MereGear
Waukee, IA 50263


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