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Electro-Matic Products, Inc. provides energy efficient lighting with extremely long life. These LED lighting fixtures can be ceiling or pole mounted and the rectangular lighting pattern is suitable for parking garages, parking lots, canopies, transportation centers, retail stores, shopping center, and gas stations.
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What does LED stand for?
Light emitting diode
Other than LED, what industrial lighting options are available?
Current industrial lighting alternatives include fluorescent lighting, halogen lighting, high intensity discharge (HID), and metal halide (MH).
What are the advantages and disadvantages of each of these industrial lighting alternatives?
What are the advantages of LEDs over these industrial lighting alternatives?
Where can LEDs be used to replace traditional light bulbs?
In most cases LEDs can be a cost effective alternative to conventional lighting. LEDs can provide an extremely long life suitable for everything from parking garages and parking lots to canopies, retail stores, and gas stations.
How does LED lighting differ from other lighting alternatives?
The main difference is seen in the way LEDs produce light. In an incandescent lamp, a tungsten filament is heated by electric current until it glows while in a fluorescent lamp, an electric arc excites mercury atoms, which emit ultraviolet radiation that is then converted to visible light. In contrast, an LED consists of a chip of semiconducting material which is treated to create a positive-negative junction. When connected to a power source, current flows from the positive side to the negative side, and charge-carriers (electrons and electron holes) flow into the junction. When an electron meets a hole, it falls into a lower energy level, releasing energy in the form a photon and ultimately producing light.
How does the efficiency of LED lighting compare with that of other lighting alternatives?
In terms of LED energy efficiency, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, LED lighting has lower lumens per watt compared to linear fluorescent systems, but uses about half the total watts to provide the same amount of lighting.
What is the lifetime of LEDs?
The rated average working life of LED is 50,000 to 100,000 hours, up to 100 times that of incandescent bulbs.
More information is available from the US Department of Energy.
About Lighting for Outdoors
Currently, lighting for outdoor areas such as parking garages and parking lots, streets, roadways, and pedestrian areas is dominated by two sources: metal halide (MH) and high-pressure sodium (HPS). However, recent advances in LED technology have resulted in a new option for outdoor lighting. LED lighting can provide the same amount of lighting as MH and HPS while using significantly less energy. LEDs also have a considerably longer life of 50,000 hours or more compared to the 15,000 to 35,000 hours of their alternatives, making them an ideal industrial lighting solution for hard to reach places. In addition, LEDs contain no mercury, lead, or other known disposal hazards, and they emit light to their full potential nearly instantaneously. LED technology is also improving at a very rapid rate in terms of luminous efficacy, color quality, optical design, thermal management, and cost when compared to MH and HPS technologies.
At this time, the quality of LED products can vary significantly among manufacturers. Thus, it is important to choose a reliable LED source. Electro-Matic Products, Inc. offers a High Light Series of low energy LED lighting with a 5 year warranty on our 50,000 hour LEDs. Electro-Matic will help you save time and money when it comes to your outdoor lighting needs.
For more information on LED as a lighting alternative, visit the US Department of Energy.
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