Quick Tips to Purchasing High Quality LED Products

All signs point to a significant and sustained increase in the use of LED lighting systems, lamps, and retrofit kits worldwide. White-light LED sources are overtaking conventional sources in light output and lighting quality. In dozens of nations, green initiatives and energy-efficiency directives push the transformation from conventional lighting systems to LED ones. LED's offer the lowest energy consumption and environmental impact, the longest lifetime, and the lowest total cost of ownership.

LED lighting suppliers have the opportunity and responsibility to help consumers transform their understanding of lighting specifications. When properly evaluated, LED lighting systems improve the quality of the environment and the quality of light. 

The phase out of incandescent lamps force consumers to make a choice: poisonous compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) or LED's.

The LED technology is developing fast. Brand name manufacturers purchase their LED chips and modules from highly technical industries that are working under strict quality guidelines. Other suppliers purchase their LED's for a third or even quarter of the price but they emit only half of the light compared to the high-quality ones. Just for a comparison: An efficient LED chip costs about 2.5$ whereas the backyard suppliers offer their LED's for 0.6$. Another critical, lifetime and performance influencing component is the ballast. It is the same price-story about the electronic drivers. A lot of the LED Products, lamps and fixtures get manufactured somewhere in Asia. But it is not important where the product is coming from in terms of quality. It is important which parts (at which quality level) have been used. The specifications like light color, color rending index, efficiency, lifetime are all about the quality of each single component. 

Best-Practice Example

The light output is a criteria that is often used and an informal term for how much light a fixture produces. A client asked to specify a lighting system for corridors in a new office space. He wants to investigate into LED-based alternatives to CFL down lights for energy-efficiency and maintenance reasons, but he isn’t convinced that LED down lights are bright enough for the task. Brightness is a subjective impression. The crucial measurement for the lighting application is not the “brightness” of the fixture, but how much light can be delivered to a task area.

According to The IESNA Lighting Handbook, the ideal lighting level for corridors, lobbies, and other common areas in an office space is 5 – 10 fc (50 – 100 lx). The task area for this sort of illumination is a plane 30 in (0.75 m) above the floor. Any ceiling-mounted down light that can deliver up to 10 fc (100 lx) to this task surface is appropriate for the application. 

LED advice is a matter of trust

Who is buying cheap products, purchases them twice. Choose a LED supplier that you can trust and your project will be fruitful. MyLEDLightingGuide has been in business since 2008 servicing many corporations in converting their existing lighting over to LED. We represent some of the best LED products available, and fully support American Made LED Products whenever possible. We are a USA based corporation with offices based New Hampshire.

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