How Can Induction Lamps Benefit Industrial Facilities
By Torrin Greathouse | December 12, 2017
While induction lamps have been around for over 100 years, they are still of the least known modern lighting solutions. Despite their lack of widespread acceptance, induction technology has been steadily improving over the years, and they now offer a competitive solution for commercial and industrial facilities. Below are a few of the pros and cons of integrating induction lights in your facility.
Because induction lighting do not rely upon heating a filament to generate light, they are far more energy efficient than incandescent or fluorescent bulbs. The use of high frequency low loss ballasts allows them to provide high quality lights at between 95-98% efficiency.
Induction lamps have an extremely long lifespan—between 70,000 and 100,000 hours—although there are a few issues that can prevent them from reaching the upper ends of that time. Because they are reliant on their ballasts, induction lights are prone to ballast failure and dimming over time.
No Warmup Time
Another key benefit of induction lamps is that they are “instant-on” illuminating spaces at the flick of a switch. Even in cold weather they produce light with no warmup time, unlike most industrial HIDs. This helps to ensure there is no delay starting work in the mornings.
Reliant on Quality Ballast
While induction lamps are extremely efficient, they are quite reliant on their lighting ballast. Inexpensive ballasts increase the chances of dimming or failure over time. Also induction lighting cannot be manually dimmed, so if light dimming is important to your lighting plan, you need to ensure that you have dimmable ballasts.
Generate Radio Interference
Another key issue that induction lamps face is that with the wrong ballast, they begin to produce high frequency radio interference. While there are many facilities where this is not an issue, it can be a major problem in taxi and tow truck dispatch yards, storage facilities, or other businesses where radio communication is important.