A. All of the luminaires on this site are energy efficient LED bulbs and fixtures that can be used to replace existing light bulbs and fixtures in a residential, commercial or industrial setting and dramatically reduce what you currently spend on your lighting bill.
A. LEDs bring several advantages to the lighting industry, including high efficiency and durability. With superior life over other lamp sources their required maintenance is greatly reduced. This translates into energy savings, maintenance savings and environmental sustainability. There is also the potential for greater optical control (more controllable source), dimming, instant on/off and reduced rate of lumen depreciation (potential for long application life).
A. LEDs began to be used in the lighting industry in the late 1990’s typically in aesthetic, effect, or specialty lighting applications, including architectural highlighting. The use of LED luminaires in applications such as street lighting, area lighting, parking structures, security lighting and even general lighting for interior spaces is viable today both economically and from an illumination performance standpoint.
A. Unlike previous technologies, LED manufacturers have a much greater impact on the rate of lumen depreciation based on their luminaire designs. Thermal design plays a critical role in the rate of lumen depreciation. Therefore you should see a variation in lumen depreciation from manufacturer to manufacturer, as well as within different product families offered by the same manufacturer.
A. LEDs are environmentally friendly on many fronts. First, unlike HID (High Intensity Discharge) lamps LEDs contain NO mercury. In addition, most LED luminaires are RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) compliant and have been designed to provide more than a decade of near maintenance-free service. That means no re-lamping which means no waste.
Assuming an HID fixture is re-lamped every two years, that’s five re-lamping cycles over a 10 year period. Just imagine the benefits of choosing LED:
• No concern over proper disposal (hopefully not simply thrown in a landfill) of old HID lamps containing harmful mercury.
• No fuel used and the accompanying pollution to service those fixtures.
• Greatly reduced potential for lane closures and other productivity and inconvenience-related costs associated with maintaining an HID system.
• No natural resources lost to produce the replacement lamps that contain mercury.
• No fuel used to move old-technology lamps from the factory (most likely overseas), to the distributor, to the contractor, to the job site.
It’s important to keep in mind all the positive and powerful ripple effects that using LED technology can have on the environment.
A. Due to recent advancements many LED luminaires are compatible with external dimmers. However, not all luminaires are dimmable, therefore you can only use luminaires that are designed to be dimmable in a dimmable fixture. Using a non-dimmable luminaire in a dimmable application will void the warranty and could cause premature failure. Dimming is capable when the LED driver is equipped with an internal dimmer control. A LED driver can create dimming by way of pulse width modulation (called PWM) circuits. New dimmable LEDs are compatible with a wide variety of Electronic dimmers but most have problems with older magnetic dimmer switches.
A. Based on how long a fixture is illuminated per day, here's what 50,000 hours works out to:
• 24 hours a day 5.71 years
• 18 hours per day 7.61 years
• 12 hours per day 11.42 years
• 8 hours per day 17.12 years
• 4 Hours per day 34.25 years
In your typical residential setting where a light bulb is on 4 to 6 hours per day, you would not have to change your light bulb for over 30 years.
A. An LED does not burn out like a standard lamp, so individual diodes do not need to be replaced. Instead, the diodes gradually produce lower output levels over a very long period of time. If one LED fails, it does not produce a complete fixture outage.
A. An LED driver is the circuitry (a self-contained supply of power) that powers your light source with the needed drive current. But this current is still quite lumpy so we need to fine tune the output that reaches the LED. For this to be accomplished we also need a resistor built in the driver circuitry. Drivers should be current regulated, so they deliver a consistent current over a range of load voltages.
A. Yes and NO. LEDs produce heat at the junction point where the current of electricity meets the diode. This heat needs to be dispersed in order to achieve an extended life span and reduce lumen depreciation. Therefore the heat sink of the luminaire will be warm to the touch. Unlike many forms of traditional luminaires LEDs do not produce any directional or projected heat which you can feel from a distance and will raise your cooling expense. The typical surface temperature of a Collection LED 8 watt A19 heat sink is around 125°, the surface temperature of a 60 watt Incandescent A19 is well over 300°. (Human skin begins to burn at 135°)
A. No, LEDs do not contain mercury or any other hazardous metals or chemicals. On the other hand, Fluorescents and many other types of traditional lighting do. There is no hazardous material disposal or cleanup requirements necessary with LEDs. However, the same cannot be said for Fluorescents, which have government mandated hazardous material disposal and clean up requirements. Something to consider if you have Fluorescents around young children, in residential or commercial food preparation and service areas.
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