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LED Design Options, Part 2

LED Design Options, Part 2LED lighting systems have many advantages, and we started a list of those in Part 1. Here are more:

  • No explosions. Unlike some other types of lamps, LEDs don’t present an explosion risk as they near their end of life. Not that you’re likely to see end of life for any LED you install, but it’s a noteworthy advantage.
  • Possibly lower installation costs. Because LEDs use less power than other technologies, you can usually put more units on a given circuit. You may have other reasons for not doing this, but the option is there.
  • Aesthetic compatibility. Usually when you go from one lighting technology to another, the aesthetic changes. For example, metal halide fixtures look very different from fluorescent ones. You probably want all of one or the other, for a consistent look. LED designers have been copying the aesthetics of competing technologies, rendering this largely a moot issue if you want to just add LED systems where other technologies are installed.
  • Design integration. Prior to LED, you had to think of general lighting, task lighting, and accent lighting as separate designs. That’s because these use different technologies and voltages (e.g., 277V, 120V, 30V). With LED, you can integrate these into a single design.
  • Design flexibility. Got some corners and edges that make a hash of what would otherwise be a good lighting fixture layout? Add in some LED strip lighting to eliminate shadows.

« Part 1 | Source: Mark Lamendola | Mindconnection