Energy use from Household Lighting Suppliers might be reduced by as much as 82 % if efficient practices are adopted. This chance is widely understood by facilities managers, property managers and sustainability managers of commercial offices. It can make the business case for lighting upgrades a reasonably easy target the executive team, for tenancies which have under three years remaining on their own lease.
The difficulties in the lighting upgrade only promote themselves when a company begins choosing the actual product. Improvements in technology during the last year or two make complete LED fitouts a cost-effective solution, and progressively more businesses inside the CitySwitch network are considering this alternative.
Some early LED adopters were burned by choosing inferior products, generally depending on price or poor design, and that continues to be widely publicised. The complete benefit from a lighting upgrade depends on control technology as much as the specific light fitting itself. It’s important too to know exactly how the space you are trying to illuminate is actually used. Many tenancies may be over-lit, so a lighting audit may spot the opportunity to reduce the quantity of light fittings, or make better consumption of daylight.
First, we would get started with the origins of LED technology being hammered out for general illumination. There are many excellent points with this excerpt from Bob Johnstone’s book, L.E.D.: A medical history of the Future of LED Tube Suppliers – including how the humble indicator light used to be not considered to be remotely competent at general illumination, and when innovators begun to think that they had the answers.
Next, we may drill to increasing LED component performance with new materials that improve thermal management, which will almost always be the death of electronics if you don’t handle it carefully. Technicians from Alpha Assembly Solutions found that under test, a sintered nano-silver die-attach material demonstrated that LEDs could achieve higher luminous flux, efficiency, color stability, and reliability.
Which may then beg the question: How can we implement best practices for general illumination applications, both indoors and out? To do that, we have to consider additional feedback from knowledgeable folks in the marketplace, like the discussions Maury Wright reported through the Street and Area Lighting Conference in his issue Commentary, along with the cautions that lighting consultant Stan Walerczyk offers about switching to TLEDs for fluorescent replacements.
You could potentially start to see the transition, finally, to how skilled professionals suggest we implement thoughtful, customized, and controllable lighting both for people and plants in related application stories. Once we put T5ubes experience first in this equation, then Beatrice Witzgall has some insights to share concerning the controllability of LED Flexible Strips and the ways to ease concerns about the complexity of offering IoT lighting. This segues directly into our special section on human-centric lighting – also known as circadian lighting or lighting for health and wellbeing – where LEDs Magazine staff and industry contributors leverage controllability, tunability, and scheduling for daily tasks and habits to advantage in commercial office SSL installations.