How To Buy LED

There are several important things to consider, and questions you should ask any business that you do an energy efficiency, or improved light LED project with. Here are just a few tips to consider for how to buy LED.

 

The Basics

Color Temperature

The type of building you have and as well as your preference will come into play when deciding how to buy LED and choosing color temperature. We have different colors available to view in our office, and choosing the “whiteness” or “yellowness” of your new LED fixtures is something to consider.

Style

While this often comes down to personal taste, there are different styles and options for lighting a space. Finding one that suits what YOU do is important.

Rebates

It’s important to ask about rebates for your LEDs. You want to work with someone who is knowledgeable and familiar with your local energy company and their rebates for LED lighting. Not all companies are able to write rebates, and not all LED fixtures are eligible for the rebates that are offered.

Occupancy and Daylight

You’ll want to decide if it makes sense to add any occupancy sensors or light detecting photcells to your LED fixtures so that when not in use, they are powered off, further improving your savings.

 

The Advanced

Components

Every material used in the manufacturing of LEDs is important and affects the performance and longevity of the light. Diodes are the little yellow squares you see in the LEDs, and low quality ones will wear out more quickly than a premium option. The number of diodes also matters, as the more diodes there are, the less of an electric current each receives. Under-powering your diodes improves the longevity, while overdriving them will cause them to fade more quickly. Even the adhesive that connects the diodes to the fixture matters. Cheap material that has limited heat resistance can result in a lower priced fixture, but will bring long-term disappointment. A big factor is knowing the type of driver, as well as the level of surge protection that driver is designed to provide. Because we have regular meetings with the IKIO LED Director of Technology and Innovation, we are able to help you compare and identify the differences between fixtures.

Warranty

Make sure that you know the details of the warranty for your LED lights. Some companies will display a nice looking number, but the fine print doesn’t shine so brightly. What exactly does it cover and for how long?

Light Distribution

Exterior lighting has several “types” of light distribution that determine the angle at which light leaves the fixture, and the area that will be covered below.

CRI

CRI stands for color rendering index, which is a quantitative measure of the ability of a light source to reveal the colors of various objects faithfully in comparison with an ideal or natural light source. You want the gray sofa you see in the store to be the same color when you get it home, right? That is why CRI is extremely important for certain clients. Light sources with a high CRI are desirable in color-critical applications.

 

If you’re still unsure how to buy LED, what questions to ask, or what things to consider when making the switch, give us a call! Educating our customers is our favorite part of the process. Without bogging you down with loads of details, we want you to be well informed about your lighting choices.

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