The option of LED industrial lighting is now becoming more available and more economically reasonable. When considering among the three available options, most building architects and engineers will see more benefits to choosing LED industrial lighting than other available lighting solutions.
Contrary to many expectations, LED lighting is a cost-effective and economical option to metal halide and fluorescent lighting. Initial equipment and installation costs may be slightly higher, but LED operating and maintenance costs are lower and LED systems have a longer lifespan than other lighting options. You’ll make a larger investment when you choose LED industrial lighting, but your returns on that investment will be greater and will extend over a longer period of time.
Technology objections to LED lighting are often based on misunderstandings or misinformation. For example, LED industrial lighting is not a new technology. Rather, it has been available for many years, but only became widely available for industrial applications as LED manufacturers have developed better and more cost-efficient production techniques to expand the LED market. Moreover, LED lighting systems require no magnetic ballasts that need to be serviced or replaced. LED lights use electronic drivers that manage power and control the efficiency of the lighting fixture. Manufacturers have integrated sensing, dimming, and rapid on-off capabilities into those drivers to optimize the capability and efficiency of LED lighting systems. A well-designed and engineered electronic driver will provide more than 50,000 hours of use before requiring replacement, which is twice as much, for example, as ballasts for fluorescent fixtures.