LEDs are solid-state devices that can lose their light output over time. This gradual degradation of light output is closely related to the junction temperature at which the individual diodes connect to the substrate. LED products with a lower junction temperature have a longer lifetime and higher lumen output. Therefore, the junction temperature is a critical parameter in evaluating the lifespan of LED products.
The benefits of energy-efficient LED industrial lighting are numerous, from cost savings to reduced energy consumption. LED bulbs produce light using a semiconductor, which means they use less energy and emit less heat. They can be used in task lighting and recessed downlights, and their long life spans make them ideal for these settings.
LED lighting systems are 50+ percent more efficient per fixture than conventional high-pressure sodium or high-intensity discharge lamps. These energy savings add up quickly, especially when thousands of lights are burning all day. And when you consider that industrial lighting typically consumes enough energy to power about a third of the U.S.’s homes, such savings are significant.
LEDs are also better for the environment. They produce less wasteful light than traditional incandescent bulbs and can be configured to direct light where it is needed most.
One of the most important attributes of an effective LED industrial lighting system is its directional nature. An LED can be aimed in a specific direction, thereby minimizing light pollution and maximizing efficiency. Additionally, LEDs do not emit UV rays, a major concern in many industrial settings. They can also be used to highlight artwork and displays in retail shops.
LEDs are forward-directed lights, which allow them to have a beam angle of 120 degrees or less. They can also use secondary optics to direct light in a certain direction, allowing different light patterns to be created. Their color appearance and rendering properties depend on the wavelength of the light they produce. The combination of red, blue, and green light produces white light, and LEDs last over 50,000 hours.
Large manufacturing and warehouse facilities have a particular need for energy-efficient lighting. High-performance LED industrial lighting fixtures can reduce energy bills while improving plant efficiency and sustainability. Many LED fixtures can last up to 100,000 hours, significantly reducing energy consumption and maintenance costs. LEDs can also provide better lighting distribution, reducing wasted light and ensuring a consistent quality of light.
LEDs are also cost-effective, with a shorter payback period and immediate ROI. The initial investment in LED lighting can pay off in just a few months.
One important factor to consider when choosing LED industrial lighting is color temperature. There are several different color temperatures, including cool and warm. These will differ slightly depending on the purpose of your lighting, and there are also some differences between them. The warmest color temperature is typically associated with incandescent bulbs, but modern LED lighting technology has largely replaced incandescent bulbs.
As a result, warm colors are a popular choice for creating a comfortable, cozy atmosphere. Common warm-color LED light applications include chandeliers, lamps, and specialty product displays. Color Rendering Index (CRI) measures the preciseness of color reproduction of LED lighting. This number ranges from 0 to 100, with 100 indicating perfect color rendering.
Cory Peterson is the Director of Sales & Marketing at LED Lighting Supply where he focuses on improving customer experience and revenue operations. Cory writes about commercial & industrial lighting, along with topics important to contractors and facility managers. In his free time, Cory enjoys traveling, snorkeling, exercising, and cooking.