The myths surrounding industrial LED lighting
According to Consulting-Specifying Engineering Magazine, there are six myths that need to be debunked in regards to LED lighting.
The first is that LEDs are not a cost-effective replacement for f luorescents. However, although the initial setup can be pricey, LED soon starts paying for itself, with the majority of businesses making dramatic savings.
Some say LED technology is too new to have proved itself but the product has been used for well over a decade now, including in critical safety-related applications.
The next myth is that LEDs have magnetic ballasts that require servicing and/or replacement. Not so, says C-SEM, LED lights use electronic drivers, which don’t need replacement.
But, say the detractors, prices will go down, so it pays to wait. Maybe so, says the magazine but waiting for those fixtures to drop is going to cost you money in the meantime. And the energy savings from upgrading a facility’s lighting to LEDs far exceeds any incremental price declines in LED-based fixtures.
There is still some doubt about how well LEDs work in hightemperature environments but temperature tests conducted by independent labs, show LEDs perform at least equally as well as f luorescents and HID and also perform ‘extraordinarily well’ in cold environments, an area that has been particularly challenging for other types of lighting, such as f luorescent and HID. And finally back to that hoary old chestnut that complains that the extra investment for intelligent LEDs doesn’t result in payback. Just wrong, wrong, wrong says C-SEM. Sensors embedded in intelligent LED lights provide opportunities for massive savings.