CHAMPAIGN – It's an invention that
has changed the world – light-emitting diodes, or LED lights. And it all started in Illinois 50 years
People of all ages were at the
University of Illinois' Illini Hall Monday celebrating LED lights' 50th
birthday with its original inventor.
Nick Holonyak, 83, is known across
the world as the father of the visible LED light. He made the discovery at the
University of Illinois back in 1962.
Holonyak is from Southern Illinois,
and he's known as one of the greatest scientists the university has seen.
But he told WAND that he didn't think
it would take so long for his invention to catch on.
"I knew it was gonna happen, but
I didn't know when and how," Holonyak said, thinking it would only take ten or
20 years to gain popularity.
"Who knew it would take 50," said
Holonyak. "But now it's happening
with a vehemence. It's beginning
to make a real big impact."
10.. 20 years.. who knew it would
take 50. But now it's happening with a vehemence... It's beginning to make real
Holonyak calls LEDs "the
ultimate lamp." It's instant
light and requires no heat, unlike typical lightbulbs.
LEDs also use 75% less power than