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2012-10-09 01:15:17 PM  
Could not possibly be a bigger fan of any single technology.
 
2012-10-09 01:19:05 PM  
You heathens celebrating Satan's light should burn in hell. I go to sleep by the burning carbon monofilament of Thomas Alvin Edison's light bulb the way God intended like any good American who had the sense to stock up on them before Obammy's Commie EPA banned them.
 
2012-10-09 01:26:41 PM  
Full-spectrum led lights = happy plants, happy people...
 
2012-10-09 01:27:16 PM  

ginandbacon: Could not possibly be a bigger fan of any single technology.


Not even the Fleshlight?
 
2012-10-09 01:35:08 PM  
I hate hate hate hate hate hate hate bright blue LEDs that seem to be in everything.
 
2012-10-09 02:01:52 PM  
I brought several of my flashlights last time I went on vacation. (I was diving) They were the brightest flashlights in the country, even the police didn't have anything close.

My brightest one is a 400 lumen LED dive cannon, damned thing is still not bright enough and scatters a lot. I want to get one of these:

SOLA 1200

Tax Boy: I hate hate hate hate hate hate hate bright blue LEDs that seem to be in everything.


You only hate them because they're awful.
 
2012-10-09 02:04:46 PM  
I think it would be cool to say "I invented the LED" and it be true.
 
2012-10-09 02:18:38 PM  

ShawnDoc: ginandbacon: Could not possibly be a bigger fan of any single technology.

Not even the Fleshlight?


Oh HUSH you!!!!
 
2012-10-09 02:29:29 PM  
You'd think they would have been cool with doping in the '60s.

/Turn on, tune in...
 
2012-10-09 02:33:47 PM  
A visible light LED is just like an ATM machine, amiright?
 
2012-10-09 02:45:35 PM  

choo: A visible light LED is just like an ATM machine, amiright?


Not in this case. "Visible light" refers to the visible part of the electromagnetic spectrum, so saying "visible light light emitting diode" is perfectly cromulent.
 
2012-10-09 02:51:23 PM  
Meh. You know what's more impressive? A light emitting resistor.
 
2012-10-09 02:52:03 PM  

theMagni: Not in this case


Read the article, then read Wikipedia. It's either visible LED, or visible-spectrum LED. Light LED is just like saying automated ATM machine. 

/cranky
 
2012-10-09 03:30:33 PM  

choo: A visible light LED is just like an ATM machine, amiright?


ATM machine? That's where you punch in your personal PIN number, right?
 
2012-10-09 03:30:42 PM  

choo: A visible light LED is just like an ATM machine, amiright?



Depends on what kind of ATM machine you are talking about:

www.popsci.com

megarobotnews.com
 
2012-10-09 03:32:57 PM  

ShawnDoc: ginandbacon: Could not possibly be a bigger fan of any single technology.

Not even the Fleshlight?


Mad_Radhu: choo: A visible light LED is just like an ATM machine, amiright?


Depends on what kind of ATM machine you are talking about:

[www.popsci.com image 525x400]

[megarobotnews.com image 476x326]


Well this thread got weird in a hurry.
 
2012-10-09 03:32:58 PM  

dittybopper: Meh. You know what's more impressive? A light emitting resistor.


I prefer the smoke-emitting diode.
 
2012-10-09 03:33:45 PM  

Also:

1-31-07
NEVER
FORGET
 
2012-10-09 03:34:49 PM  

dittybopper: Meh. You know what's more impressive? A light emitting resistor.


Ill take a pair of 3-500z's emitting light.
 
2012-10-09 03:36:28 PM  

dittybopper: Meh. You know what's more impressive? A light emitting resistor.


An LER? They've been around for ever. They only work for a fraction of a second before the magic smoke leaks out.
 
2012-10-09 03:37:11 PM  
 
2012-10-09 03:38:22 PM  
The libs want us to put all of these LED bulbs in our houses, but did you know that there's more Gallium Arsenide in a single LED than there was on the entire Hindenburg!?

It's true. Look it up.

o.onionstatic.com
 
2012-10-09 03:39:06 PM  
Sure, it was cool in the 70's but damn did Plant get old.
 
2012-10-09 03:39:09 PM  

Ed 'Too Tall' Jones: choo: A visible light LED is just like an ATM machine, amiright?

ATM machine? That's where you punch in your personal PIN number, right?


I grumble whenever I turn on the ballgame and the on-screen guide says "MLB Baseball."
 
2012-10-09 03:39:28 PM  

AugieDoggyDaddy: dittybopper: Meh. You know what's more impressive? A light emitting resistor.

An LER? They've been around for ever. They only work for a fraction of a second before the magic smoke leaks out.


I see what you did there. I lol'd.
 
2012-10-09 03:40:44 PM  

AugieDoggyDaddy: dittybopper: Meh. You know what's more impressive? A light emitting resistor.

An LER? They've been around for ever. They only work for a fraction of a second before the magic smoke leaks out.


What an "LER" might look like:
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-10-09 03:41:10 PM  

AugieDoggyDaddy: An LER? They've been around for ever. They only work for a fraction of a second before the magic smoke leaks out.


Wouldn't incandescent bulbs fit into that category?
 
2012-10-09 03:41:27 PM  

SuperT: AugieDoggyDaddy: dittybopper: Meh. You know what's more impressive? A light emitting resistor.

An LER? They've been around for ever. They only work for a fraction of a second before the magic smoke leaks out.

I see what you did there. I lol'd.


wait, aren't regular lightbulbs light emitting resistors?
 
2012-10-09 03:41:27 PM  

Tax Boy: I hate hate hate hate hate hate hate bright blue LEDs that seem to be in everything.


They'll go away eventually, once the novelty wears off. Blue LEDs used to be one of those mythical* items that you would tell the new kid to find, like a left-handed screwdriver or a 1-farad capacitor. Engineers are still getting over the fact that they actually exist now.

*Technically a mercury-arc rectifier would qualify as a blue LED, but they're a bit too large for most consumer electronics.
 
2012-10-09 03:41:52 PM  
I work for a sign company. LEDs have basically replaced Neon other than a few limited applications. Every year they get cheaper and brighter.
 
2012-10-09 03:42:06 PM  
Anyone want to buy some of my non visible light light emitting diodes? $20 for 20.
 
2012-10-09 03:43:11 PM  

ginandbacon: Could not possibly be a bigger fan of any single technology.


I'm a pretty big fan of unsliced bread. I don't know why we abandoned that technology.
 
2012-10-09 03:44:00 PM  

Ivo Shandor: 1-farad capacitor


www.jestineyong.com
 
2012-10-09 03:44:02 PM  

Ivo Shandor: They'll go away eventually, once the novelty wears off. Blue LEDs used to be one of those mythical* items that you would tell the new kid to find, like a left-handed screwdriver or a 1-farad capacitor. Engineers are still getting over the fact that they actually exist now.


That was like 10 years ago. Tech moves fast enough that they should be old hat by now. What bothers me is that everything these days is ultrabright and packaged in clear resin. I miss the old low-medium intensity packaged in colored & frosted resin. They were much more useful as indicators.
 
2012-10-09 03:46:28 PM  

Rapmaster2000: The libs want us to put all of these LED bulbs in our houses, but did you know that there's more Gallium Arsenide in a single LED than there was on the entire Hindenburg!?

It's true. Look it up.

[o.onionstatic.com image 630x441]


Speaking of which, I worked for a German MOCVD company which designed tooling for GaAs deposition for use in LED manufacturing. The customers (producers of LEDs) were in China. Meanwhile, here in the US Obama's pitching Solar (which we all (in the industry) knew 4 years ago it was total bullshiat). Now we will be giving US dollars to China, which also made Germany rich. Bush's fault? I think not.
 
2012-10-09 03:46:32 PM  

IrateShadow: Ivo Shandor: They'll go away eventually, once the novelty wears off. Blue LEDs used to be one of those mythical* items that you would tell the new kid to find, like a left-handed screwdriver or a 1-farad capacitor. Engineers are still getting over the fact that they actually exist now.

That was like 10 years ago. Tech moves fast enough that they should be old hat by now. What bothers me is that everything these days is ultrabright and packaged in clear resin. I miss the old low-medium intensity packaged in colored & frosted resin. They were much more useful as indicators.


Hah -- you'll know your equipment is powered on when your retina has a hole burned into it from the indicator lamp.
 
2012-10-09 03:47:10 PM  
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2012-10-09 03:48:24 PM  
Let's go for a light emitting inductor.
 
2012-10-09 03:48:24 PM  

Wook: Rapmaster2000: The libs want us to put all of these LED bulbs in our houses, but did you know that there's more Gallium Arsenide in a single LED than there was on the entire Hindenburg!?

It's true. Look it up.

[o.onionstatic.com image 630x441]

Speaking of which, I worked for a German MOCVD company which designed tooling for GaAs deposition for use in LED manufacturing. The customers (producers of LEDs) were in China. Meanwhile, here in the US Obama's pitching Solar (which we all (in the industry) knew 4 years ago it was total bullshiat). Now we will be giving US dollars to China, which also made Germany rich. Bush's fault? I think not.


Wharrgarbl

China is investing more heavily and successfully in solar than we are, and succeeding quite well. They've managed to make single junction panels quite cheap.

I know. I was there.
 
2012-10-09 03:48:53 PM  
farm7.static.flickr.com

Ah, LED porn
 
2012-10-09 03:49:41 PM  
As opposed to infrared LED's in all your remote controls. farking morons, harping on and on about that visible quip.

And I hear people quivering about "oh, we don't really understand quantum mechanics" I break out my iPhone and wave it at them while saying "Look at that, BILLIONS OF QUANTUM MECHANICAL DEVICES MARCHING TO MY ORDER!" Yes, LED's and transistors are quantum devices and we do know how they work.
 
2012-10-09 03:49:48 PM  

choo: theMagni: Not in this case

Read the article, then read Wikipedia. It's either visible LED, or visible-spectrum LED. Light LED is just like saying automated ATM machine. 

/cranky


Fine: a visible-light LED.

imgs.xkcd.com
 
2012-10-09 03:51:11 PM  
Why is it that LED flashlights and car headlights are very bright, but it's damn near impossible to find an LED lightbulb that is brighter than a 75 watt incandescent?
 
2012-10-09 03:53:01 PM  
Watt's this all about?
 
2012-10-09 03:53:17 PM  
and yet nobody weeps for the unemployed candle stick maker. You people make me sick.
 
2012-10-09 03:53:59 PM  

wildcardjack: And I hear people quivering about "oh, we don't really understand quantum mechanics" I break out my iPhone and wave it at them while saying "Look at that, BILLIONS OF QUANTUM MECHANICAL DEVICES MARCHING TO MY ORDER!" Yes, LED's and transistors are quantum devices and we do know how they work.


you've never ever taken an advanced physics class.

If you did, you'd know the difference between "understanding" and "knowing how to use".
 
2012-10-09 03:54:07 PM  
LEDs are very good at growing...indoor plants.

/and for TV
 
2012-10-09 03:54:16 PM  
Those things weren't worth a damn until Steve Job applied his magic design sense - at least I assume this is what Wired is saying ;)
 
2012-10-09 03:54:19 PM  

Ivo Shandor: *Technically a mercury-arc rectifier would qualify as a blue LED,


Wouldn't they be UV LEDs? (honest question)
 
2012-10-09 03:54:56 PM  

Wook: Rapmaster2000: The libs want us to put all of these LED bulbs in our houses, but did you know that there's more Gallium Arsenide in a single LED than there was on the entire Hindenburg!?

It's true. Look it up.

[o.onionstatic.com image 630x441]

Speaking of which, I worked for a German MOCVD company which designed tooling for GaAs deposition for use in LED manufacturing. The customers (producers of LEDs) were in China. Meanwhile, here in the US Obama's pitching Solar (which we all (in the industry) knew 4 years ago it was total bullshiat). Now we will be giving US dollars to China, which also made Germany rich. Bush's fault? I think not.


So, you're asking why didn't Obama subsidize the manufacture of cheap, low-margin semiconductor parts? You may be shocked to know that NOBODY in a first world nation is going to subsidize the manufacture of cheap, low-margin semiconductor parts. There's a reason MOCVD sells the tooling from Germany and doesn't build the parts themselves, and it's not the stupid libtard policies of Angela Merkel.
 
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