LEDs' Dirty Little Secrets

LEDs obviously have a bright future with their many advantages over traditional lamps. In fact, they have been around for decades, but only recently became a player in mainstream commercial lighting with the push for energy efficiency.

EC&M's May issue features an article that list pros and cons to consider when working with LEDs. For example, high heat and humidity levels can lower the product life span. Color matching, installation challenges and adhesive issues are other concepts to consider.

LEDs' Dirty Little Secrets also exposes applications concerns that the author's electric supply company has faced. The early hype was that LEDs could be put into inaccessible locations because, it was claimed, the light source would last forever — the luminaire wouldn't even need servicing. Lately, however, the manufacturing community is backing off this claim. "In many cases, these luminaires have not proven to be any more robust than the familiar lamp-based luminaires they're replacing," the article reads.

Comments

From what I know,

From what I know, LEDs are starting to invade the home lighting industry as more and more products and companies tout it as a wonderful replacement for the current light bulbs, but I guess much remains to be seen about whether it is a true replacement.

Many of us know the

Many of us know the benefits of switching to LED lighting. We know they are brighter, consume less energy and last longer. For the downsides, we know that they are expensive. But the article further sheds some light on the downsides of using LEDS. Thanks for sharing this information!

I guess it will take some major incident

I guess it will take some major incident for the alarms to go off on any potential setback that LEDs might have that were not obvious or reported. But I do see the potential in LED usage, just not the hype that has grown to surround it over the recent times.