LED concept and reality

Singapore, 9th July 2014

While the Indonesians have a day off to vote for their new president, work on our sides just moves on.

I often state to my clients that a lighting concept is as good as the reality of its finished implementation, and very often these are 2 worlds apart. We all start dreaming on how beautiful we can create the lighting in a project and some projects are really an open goal so to speak, where architecture, interiors or landscape have such striking features that just simply lighting them up is a sure hit.

But with the advent of LED technology and even more the compactness and opportunity to integrate the technology in building materials, we need to have a far more hands-on strategy and approach to our design, in order not being caught out at the end. Not so much with the architectural lighting where, as long as we stick to integrated COB LED technology, we are pretty sure things like dimming etc. will work out, but more with FFE items like chandeliers, floor, wall and table lamps, or even integrated façade lighting. In these cases the manufacturers are still very much in conventional lighting mode and while we may conceptualise our designs with LED lighting the provisions, lamp holders, and cabling may already been developed the “old” way. We encountered that recently when we were testing LED retrofit in chandeliers.

In order to avoid wiring and control issues at a later stage we need to become more pro-active in the early design stages and engage with these peripheral “lighting” manufacturers so that these fixtures are LED ready and with that I mean integrated LEDs and not retrofit LEDs. We learn along the way…engage, communicate, resolve…

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09. July 2014 by Martin Klaasen
Categories: city beautification, Light and inspiration, light watch, lighting and culture, lighting applications, lighting of the future | 2 comments

Comments (2)

  1. Thanks for sharing this. I would like to add few to your list.

    1. Ecologically Friendly – LED Lighting Is Much More Eco-Friendly
    LED lights are free of toxic chemicals. Most conventional fluorescent lighting bulbs contain a multitude of materials like e.g mercury that are dangerous for the environment.

    LED lights contain no toxic materials and are 100% recyclable, and will help you to reduce your carbon footprint by up to a third. The long operational life time span mentioned above means also that one LED light bulb can save material and production of 25 incandescent light bulbs. A big step towards a greener future!

    2. Durable Quality – LED Illumination Can Withstand Rough Conditions
    LEDs are extremely durable and built with sturdy components that are highly rugged and can withstand even the roughest conditions.

    Because LED lights are resistant to shock, vibrations and external impacts, they make great outdoor lighting systems for rough conditions and exposure to weather, wind, rain or even external vandalism, traffic related public exposure and construction or manufacturing sites.

    3. Zero UV Emissions – LED Lighting Features Close to No UV Emissions
    LED illumination produces little infrared light and close to no UV emissions.

    Because of this, LED lighting is highly suitable not only for goods and materials that are sensitive to heat due to the benefit of little radiated heat emission, but also for illumination of UV sensitive objects or materials such a in museums, art galleries, archeological sites etc.

    4. Operational in Extremely Cold or Hot Temperatures
    LED are ideal for operation under cold and low outdoor temperature settings. For fluorescent lamps, low temperatures may affect operation and present a challenge, but LED illumination operates well also in cold settings, such as for outdoor winter settings, freezer rooms etc.

    5. Low-Voltage – LED Lighting Can Run on Low-Voltage Power Supply
    A low-voltage power supply is sufficient for LED illumination. This makes it easy to use LED lighting also in outdoor settings, by connecting an external solar-energy source and is a big advantage when it comes to using LED technology in remote or rural areas.

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