LED lighting boasts huge improvements over existing lighting technologies and in most cases can save up to 80% compared to halogen and incandescent lighting.
Although LED technology may all seem the same, they definitely are not tested and built to the same standards. This is why it’s crucial to understand the differences between a basic built LED and a superior quality LED.
The materials that are used around the construction of the LED unit is highly important. This plays a huge part in removing heat from the LED itself and therefore prolonging the life of the chip.
Some LED manufacturer’s will cut costs and use inferior materials to bring down the price of their products, but this will only cause early failures to the LED unit.
High quality aluminum and specialized heat conductive plastics are commonly used in the construction of good quality LED products.
The power supply, also known as the “LED Driver” is probably the most important part of an LED unit. LED’s require a constant current driver to work efficiently and to maintain long operating life to the LED itself.
Within these LED drivers there are capacitors and components to convert AC to DC, and if these are built with low quality parts then your LED unit will definitely fail well before its due lifespan.
High quality LED drivers will provide various information regarding power outputs, standard approvals and wiring requirements.
Most people get into the trap of measuring how well a LED light performs based on the WATTS information provided. Wattage, short for WATTS is the power the LED consumes to achieve the light output.
It is actually the measurement of LUMENS which provides the information on how much light the LED will put out. So you need to compare the Wattage it consumes against the Lumens it achieves.
For example, one manufacturer’s 50 WATT LED floodlight may produce an output of 5000 LUMENS and another may only produce 3800 LUMENS from the same amount of 50 WATT power.
So do LED’s generate any heat? Yes, of course they do. But not to the extreme of existing lighting technologies such as halogens. Halogens can reach to 250 Degrees Celsius and above on a hot day, LED’s on the other hand will only reach a maximum of 50 – 60 Degrees Celsius.
Although the difference is quite substantial, without the correct heat sink and materials built on the LED unit, they will fail very quickly. This once again comes down to the quality of build by the manufacturer, as mentioned previously.
You may have noticed some LED manufacturers claiming 50,000 hours + of operating life before the unit needs replacing. This can be extremely over exaggerated and blown out of proportion.
The efficiency of an LED will slowly degrade over time, meaning the Lumens output will decrease whilst still using the same amount of power. The color output of the LED may even change over time depending on the quality of the chip.
It’s important to know that LED technology is not all the same, as some are far superior then others.
We at Matic Electro Services always choose quality & reliability over anything else and provide our customers with superior LED products.
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