LED lighting has rapidly gained popularity in the lighting industry ever since its introduction in US markets in 2008. The benefits of LED lamps are well documented, and in many cases they are considered an industry standard. As a result, many people make assumptions and do not consider whether LEDs are actually the best choice for their facility. Below are a few things to consider when integrating LED lamps into your building’s lighting design
Are LED Lamps Your Only Option?
One reason LED lighting is so widely utilized is because of its name recognition. There are actually other competing artificial lighting methods which may better fit your facility’s needs. One of these options is the induction lamp, which faces similar issues to LEDs, but has the potential of providing a longer lifespan.
Are You Interested in IoT Integration?
One of the most prevalent ideas of 2016 was the Internet of Things (or IoT), the principle of integrating internet connectivity into everyday objects for a variety of reasons. IoT lighting would be designed to sense crowd movement in warehouses and retail stores, helping facility owners track movements, spending patterns, etc. This idea has a lot of potential applications, but is currently being worked on primarily in conjunction with LEDs, meaning that to integrate IoT lighting includes adopting LED lighting.
Could LED Lighting Increase Your Costs?
Low-quality or poorly integrated LED lighting has the potential to boost expenses in many facilities. It can create repetitive eye strain, contribute to seasonal affective disorder and insomnia in building occupants, and actually increase electric costs as the lamps lose intensity over time. Make sure to consider whether your budget has room for higher quality products to protect against unexpected costs further down the line.
Would Integrated Lighting Better Suit Your Needs?
There are many cases where the solution to a building’s lighting design issues is not one lighting product, but a combination of products. In many cases, being able to integrate daylighting into your facility can drastically cut lighting and HVAC costs; however, they often leave facilities dimly lit at dusk and dawn while the sun is low on the horizon. As a result, combining LEDs and daylighting can be a valuable technique for increasing the efficiency of your lighting design.