Lighting Designs using LED Lights: What are the advantages?
May 25, 2015
LED (light emitting diode) lighting is the energy conservation lighting solution that is replacing the incandescent light bulb. LEDs require minimal power to give off light. LED lighting can provide exceptional energy efficiency but all LED bulbs do not perform the same.
LED lighting is a rapidly evolving technology. Information provided today can just as easily be outdated six months from now. However, there are definite advantages to using any of the offered LED types of residential and commercial lighting fixtures and bulbs. LED lighting is more effective when it is of smart design specifications. That is, the LED lighting products pass a variety of energy efficiency tests to prove the products provide basic service to the consumer.
LED technology reduces the amount of electrical energy used. As a result, carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses produced during power generation are also reduced.
Efficiency, brightness, and light distribution are comparable to, or exceeds, existing incandescent or fluorescent technologies.
The light is constant and does not decrease until the bulb’s end of the life.
The minimal output of a “rated” bulb is at least 35,000 hours (approximately 12 years), based on 8 hr. / day usage.
The white light appears clear and remains consistent over time.
Light comes on instantly, when turned on, may be directed to illuminate specific areas, and does not flicker when dimmed.
Unlike other light sources, LED fixtures do not draw use power when it is turned off (except for external controls whose “off” power should not exceed 0.5 watts)
Bad design results in a variety of observable, as well as hidden, problems. Poorly designed products’ exaggerated claims fail to deliver on LED quality (as cited above).
LED Design Advantages
LED lighting technology offers a variety of designs and products intended to provide substantial energy conservation and savings for consumers as well as businesses. Technology upgrades and improved product requirements and specifications are ongoing.
LED panel lights are suitable for commercial and residential applications. They fit into existing standard suspended ceilings and recesses. They may also be directly mounted to walls or ceilings to provide office and hallway lighting.
Bulkhead lights provide a durable solution for large indoor or outdoor spaces such as industrial areas, warehouses, and sports areas.
LED streetlights provide maximum illumination of roadways, parking areas, airports, etc.
LED’s small form factor makes them suitable for compact appliances such as signage or traffic signals etc.
Additional LED Advantages
LEDs can run on a low-voltage power supply such as an external solar-energy source ( ideal technology in remote or rural areas).
Lasts up to 25 times longer than current commercial / industrial / domestic lighting technologies (approx. between 35,000 – 60,000 hours, depending on type of lighting design and usage; approx. 11-12 years of 8 hr. / day operation).
LED bulbs do not “burn out” – their brightness dims as their diodes begin to emit lower output levels (over a (very) long period of time).
LEDs provide the same (lumens) brightness as traditional lighting while using 70% - 90% less (watts) energy.
LEDs burn cooler, thus emitting less heat, carbon dioxide, and greenhouse gases.
LEDs produce minimal infrared light and almost no UV emissions (suitable for galleries, museums, archaeological sites, etc.).
LED dimmer and mood illumination technology is making its way toward domestic use. It is currently used in airplanes and classrooms.
LEDs provide an estimated $80 energy savings (over the life of the bulb).
LEDs are not as susceptible to cold and low outdoor temperatures like fluorescent lamps are.
LEDs are instant making them suitable for PIR motion and occupancy sensors.
LED’s are available in many a variety of colors and RGB configurations.
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