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Celebrate National LED Light Day
October 1, 2018

In today’s world of electronics, light emitting diodes, commonly called LEDs, are real unsung heroes. Ubiquitous across almost every aspect of modern society, they perform dozens of different jobs and are found in all kinds of devices ranging from traffic lights to consumer electronics. In celebration of the invention of this revolutionary technology, October 7, 2018, has been designated as National LED Light Day.

In 1962, National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductee Nick Holonyak Jr. invented the first visible light-emitting diodes (LEDs) that emitted visible red light instead of infrared light. Winner of the 2017 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Electrical Engineering, Mr. Holonyak created the first LEDs while working at General Electric’s research laboratory in Syracuse, New York.

His research in optoelectronics has revolutionized the lighting, communications and entertainment industries. His work is responsible for the technology used to develop red lasers in CD and DVD players, the ability to transmit information over the Internet, and applications in replacing conventional lighting with LEDs.

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