5 Golden Oldies with the Word “Light” in their Title!
Never wishing to be accused of catering only to the younger element, we at LED Monkey HQ decided to create a compilation of tunes for those with slightly more years under their belts. And wouldn’t you know it, each one has our favourite word in its title, so let’s kick off with:
#1. Light My Fire by The Doors
Morrison sings “The time to hesitate is through” which could be interpreted as a message to people to quit procrastinating and switch to LED Lighting…possibly.
#2. In the Light by LED Zeppelin
A bit of a double-whammy from the English rock band Led Zeppelin, as not only does this song, from their 1975 album Physical Graffiti have the word “Light”
in its title, the band’s name has “LED”
or “Light-emitting Diode” in it, too.
In the lyrics to this weird and wonderful tune, lead vocalist Robert Plant can be heard to wail: “I would share your load, I would share your load” which might refer to the high-load leading-edge dimmer switches of the day. Nowadays, we use modern trailing-edge dimmers which cater to the much lower loads of LED lights, meaning a much greater number can be controlled from a single dimming unit.
#3. White Light/White Heat by The Velvet Underground
Fronted by Lour Reed, American rock band The Velvet
Underground released this song on their 1968 album of the same name. While many people think the song’s lyrics refer to drug use, we believe it to be a protest against the amount of wasteful heat produced by the incandescent light bulbs of the 1960s and 70s.
light bulbs produce around 90% less heat than conventional bulbs, even when they’re emitting a white light or “colour temperature” as it’s known these days. This makes them much
more energy-efficient and means they last longer, too.
#4. 2000 Light Years from Home by The Rolling Stones
In this song from the Rolling Stones' 1967 psychedelic rock
album Their Satanic Majesties, singer Mick Jagger seems to be describing a lonely journey which is taking him further and further away from his home. However, another interpretation might be that Jagger is yearning for the day when light bulbs last a bit longer.
Old-school incandescent light bulbs had a life-expectancy of only around 1000 to 1500 hours, so the 50,000 hours we expect from today's LEDs would be absolutely inconceivable to someone singing in the late '60s.
#5. Blinded by the Light by Bruce Springsteen
First appearing on his 1973 debut album Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J., Bruce Springsteen’s Blinded by the Light is an obvious reference to the detrimental effects of certain types of compact fluorescent bulb or “CFL” on the human eye. While the compact fluorescent industry asserts that these bulbs are safe, it admits that they do emit UV or “Ultraviolet” rays.
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