A Reminder About the Benefits Of LEDs
LEDs can successfully replace metal halide, high-pressure sodium, HID, and outdated fluorescent lamps.
Because LEDs don’t need ballasts, they can minimize fire hazards and the environmental impacts and disposal costs for industrial facilities.
It’s important to remember that initial lighting fixture costs are only part of the total life-cycle costs of a lighting system.
Next to energy savings
Reduced maintenance is one of the biggest benefits of installing LEDs – especially in manufacturing and warehouse spaces where there are high, hard-to-reach fixtures.
Maintenance and lamp replacement costs increase the total cost of your lighting system; longer-lasting, efficient LEDs reduce how often lamps have to be changed, reducing the amount of time that staff or contractors spend replacing lamps.
LEDs can also eliminate downtime due to equipment shutdowns when lights go out.
LEDs don’t suddenly turn off
They degrade slowly over time, producing less light and shifting colour characteristics over the years as they age. This provides ample warning about necessary change-outs.
LEDs are also naturally resistant to vibration and impact
As they don’t use filaments or glass enclosures.
This makes them a perfect lamp for rugged environments.
If you thought that LEDs weren’t ready for industrial facilities, think again.LED technology has improved, and is ready to help your plant reduce energy usage, lower operating costs, decrease maintenance expenses, and improve lighting quality.
LEDs now perform at least equally as well as compared to fluorescent and HID lamps in high temperatures, as long as they are designed to manage heat dissipation.
LEDs also perform well in cold temperatures. Refrigerated plants or warehouses don’t impact LED performance, and don’t add to the thermal load. HID lighting, which is often used in these environments, can also handle the cold temperatures, but adds substantial thermal load. To maintain low temperatures, this thermal load has to be removed – which costs money and is inefficient.
The inherently compact design of LEDs allows them to be used in small, cramped, or tight spaces. This means that they can fit into narrow spaces without sacrificing performance.
LEDs initially offered a limited light output range; this sometimes made them not bright enough for high-intensity industrial applications. That no longer holds true today. Industrial facilities have a wide range of LEDs to choose from so they can select an appropriate lighting intensity level.
Despite the now-possible bright lighting levels, well-designed LEDs can also minimize glare and manage light placement. The lamps emit light directionally, meaning that the light is focused where you want it.
LEDs now have excellent colour-temperature choices for industrial environments. Described using the Kelvin scale, the wide range of white colour-temperature choices for LEDs make them ideal for industrial applications where quality control, detail, and inspection are important. Colour temperature is often a personal preference as well, so industrial lighting can be chosen to match what workers in a particular area may need or want.