The Performance Leap of LED Technology

A Brief Overview

Image DescriptionThe emergence of LED (Light Emitting Diode) lighting has marked a significant milestone in lighting technology; it has transformed residential, commercial, and industrial illumination. Initially used for indicator lights, breakthroughs in the late 20th century led to their widespread adoption. Notably, the Nobel Prize in Physics 2014 honored the inventors of the blue LED, crucial for producing white light.

When comparing LED lighting with fluorescent technology, the former excels in several aspects. LEDs consume considerably less energy than fluorescents, resulting in substantial electricity cost savings and excellent return on investment for capital projects. LED efficiency has made remarkable advancements over the past decade; the technology converts a much higher percentage of energy into visible light, reducing wastage.

Long-term operational expenses of lighting systems are often overlooked or not accounted for precisely. LED provides superior longevity, instant on performance, and more reliable dimming, especially in cold environments. This longevity significantly diminishes maintenance costs previously associated with lamp and ballast replacements common with fluorescent lighting. While LED technology might have had a higher upfront cost historically, today's scenario sees a more level playing field due to wide-scale adoption of LED and declining availability of fluorescent lighting in the supply chain. LED is also highly compatible with modern lighting control strategies that implement dimming and scheduling to reduce lighting loads during unoccupied times or when natural light sources are supplementing the interior space. This ability to mitigate energy consumption through dimming and shut off activities without adversely affecting reliability is unique to LED. Both fluorescent and HID lighting longevity suffered from reliability issues when modern lighting control measures were implemented, limiting their ability to effectively reduce energy consumption.

Furthermore, LED technology aligns better with waste management and sustainability goals. LEDs contain no hazardous materials like mercury, which is found in fluorescent lighting and has been linked to irreversible ground water contamination. LED lighting's reduced heat emission also contributes to a more comfortable working environment and lowers air conditioning costs in commercial spaces.

In summary, LED lighting outperforms all other illumination technologies in energy efficiency, longevity, and return on investment for capital projects. With the advancements in technology and shifts in the supply chain, LED lighting also presents a more competitive initial procurement cost, making them the preferred choice for businesses seeking cost-effective, sustainable lighting solutions.

posted on 23-12-15 2.46PM by Andrew Tyrrell, National Sales Director