Look around at any installed fluorescent or incandescent lighting system and there is probably an LED equivalent. The sheer number of LED products that have hit the market in the past year is breathtaking.
And these are not just LED retrofit lamps. For example, instead of installing T-8 fluorescent fixtures (with ballasts, lamps, and lenses), you can install an LED lighting unit in that same space. Chances are good that LED unit will work with the existing lighting controls, including dimmers.
The advantages of LED include:
- Energy savings. Of course, you already knew about that. But start looking at the specs for the LED products you’re considering and you might be amazed at how big those savings are.
- No relamping schedules. So your customer doesn’t want to pay the premium for LED because the energy savings aren’t enough justification. Ask the customer how much he spends on relamping annually.
- Better lighting. It’s not necessarily true that an LED system will produce better lighting than a fluorescent one, but it’s easy enough to specify a system that will. You can get whiter light with better color rendition.
- Instant-on. One of the issues with metal halide lamps is their long strike time. There are ways to mitigate this, such as 40% dimming instead of full off. But why bother, when an LED system eliminates this problem entirely.
We’ll list more advantages in Part 2.