In this article, the U.S. Eaton Lighting Department's product manager Jay Sachetti talked about the advantages of LED technology and why it can be developed rapidly in outdoor lighting.
Energy efficiency makes led an ideal choice for outdoor applications
In the field of outdoor lighting, LEDs can save 50% to 90% of energy compared to high-pressure gas discharge lamps (HID). The initial cost may be hesitant to allow some of the owners to consider upgrading, but the LED energy-saving effect is significant and can be recycled within 1-3 years. "Financial incentives alone are enough to make a difference," Sachetti said. ”
Another cost-saving way for LEDs is to reduce the need for maintenance. Sachetti said: "I will forget to change the home light bulb." But most outdoor lighting is difficult to handle without a bucket truck, and the maintenance costs are very expensive. "Because LEDs are more efficient than hid and metal halide bulbs, they live longer."
Consistent light output eliminates the "focus effect"
The light output of high pressure gas discharge lamps and metal halide bulbs decreases after installation, but for practical reasons, they cannot be replaced once the light output begins to fall.
Sachetti said: "High-pressure gas discharge lamps and metal halide lamps once replaced, usually lower than the original light output of 50%." This means that they provide a much lower level of illumination than their original design and usually have a focus effect. ”
"On the contrary, today's LEDs, after 60,000 hours, have a lumen maintenance rate of more than 95%, enough to maintain the nighttime illumination level of more than 14 years." ”
Greater light control improves design flexibility and improves security
LED is an intrinsically controllable light source that can be combined with highly crafted individual optical elements to make the light output and direction more accurate.
For safety reasons, the uniform distribution of light is especially important outdoors. "No one will like the dark corners of the parking lot," Sachetti said, "and outdoor LEDs help solve the problem." ”
Led Controllability allows the owner to sync the system
LED can provide a complete control solution for a wide range of areas such as shopping malls and airports. "In the past, lighting and lighting controls were completely separate," Sachetti said, "Now, with the LED platform, we can install a single embedded control solution to handle all outdoor and indoor lighting." ”
The LED is warming.
Because of the LED technology and low color temperature performance has improved, outdoor lighting gradually away from the 5-6,000k range of color temperature. "Most business managers will find that 4000K of color temperature provides refreshing, clear light and subtle ambience," Sachetti said, "but some types of apps are choosing 3000K-range lights to create a warm feeling." ”
Now, lighting is just the beginning.
LEDs are more than just lighting. It is an electronic platform that opens the door to new, more flexible solutions. Cameras, sensors, and other data collection tools can provide additional value to customers.
"We're about to have amazing functionality," Sachetti said. Soon our lights will allow us to keep an eye on the number of cars in the parking lot and the pedestrian flow on the sidewalk. This information can help companies improve asset utilization, or maximize store retailing and advertising opportunities. ”
"This possibility will also extend to other applications. If open-air parking lots have electricity and infrastructure, lighting fixtures can use this advantage to monitor the environment in a variety of ways. We will have advanced security capabilities, environmental monitoring, traffic perception and smarter parking. LED technology to create a platform to help people determine the location of parking. ”
"Lighting is just the beginning. ”