LED lighting has a number of benefits in general when compared to traditional lighting. While LEDs provide improved energy and maintenance efficiencies as well as a better quality light, there are also a few things they do for warehouses and large, open facilities in particular that most people don’t necessarily realize.
Much of this has to do with the technological differences between LED lights and traditional lighting. Continue reading the article below for a specific, point by point comparison of LEDs versus typical warehouse lights like fluorescents and metal halides (a type of HID bulb).
Dimming Abilities of LEDs: LEDs require LED-specific dimmer in order to function. Fortunately, this dimmer is readily available in the market, easy to install, and adds significant value to the overall lighting area lighting. In addition, the lifespan of the LEDs are significantly higher than the conventional bulbs. This allows facility managers to save even more money by managing lighting in an intelligent manner.
Frequent Switching of LED Lights: Unlike MH lights, LEDs can be turned ON instantaneously and turned back off with no zero error with respect to the lumen output. While metal halides or any other conventional bulb usually takes 12-15 minutes to get it back on. If there is a break of 30-45 minutes, you wouldn’t prefer to turn it off and turn it on since that would be a lot of hassle.
LEDs Eliminate Warm-Up Times: Metal Halide lamps in particular are in famous for long warm up times (15-20 minutes is usual to work to full power). This is why you see large sports stadiums turn on the lights well before the sun’s light is completely gone. The stadium has to operate the lights for 20-25 minutes before they ever really need them to illuminate the stadium. That means they’re burning energy before they’re ever required.
LEDs have wider beam angle: Indoor LED lights come with a strong infrastructure to illuminate wider area which is not possible in case of traditional lighting. LED chips are equally spread in a designated pattern to release equal amount of Lumens per watt around the area.
Achieving a uniform lumen output can actually give you an idea to purchase the exact number of fixtures for the area, which would lead you to save more energy and money with required LED lighting fixtures.