Energy for Lighting can use up to 60% (in schools) and 31% in retail stores of an entire organization’s budget. However, there are energy saving alternatives. One of the most popular replacement for household lamps is Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL’s). CFL’s reduce energy consumption by 75% but due to the non-suitability of CFL in industrial and commercial settings we look further to more viable and realistic solutions. There are two options that satisfy the high-lighting demands of the industrial and commercial sector while remaining cost effective. The two front runners are in fact Magnetic Induction Lamps (also called Induction Lights) and Light Emitting Diodes (LED) lights.
Induction Lamps vs LED
Induction Lamps create light by using an electromagnetic field to excite mercury particles mixed in an inert gas like argon or krypton. The mercury creates a UV light and a phosphor on the inside of the bulb or tube filters the energy into visible light. This is a type of fluorescent light. Unlike a standard energy fluorescent light this does not use electrodes in the tube. On the other hand, the light emitting diodes are just tiny light bulbs that fit easily into an electrical circuit. But unlike ordinary incandescent bulbs, they don’t have a filament that will burn out, and they don’t get especially hot. They are illuminated solely by the movement of electrons in a semiconductor material, and they last just if a standard transistor. Induction lamps are known to last much longer than a simple LED as they have an extremely long life.
The induction lamp can be properly and completely sealed as they don’t require electrodes to work thus increasing its life by a substantial amount, its very energy efficient often working for more than 80 lumens per watt. It also has the potential of lighting up both small and large areas depending on which induction lamp one uses whereas the LED has some distinct features which make it an excellent choice for any customer, the LED is extremely energy efficient outputting more than 135 lumens per watt and are known to run for more than 50000 hours if correctly engineered, it lights instantly as it requires no warm up period whatsoever.
Before going along and purchasing any one of the two the customer must understand what he clearly needs the light for. If for example you need light which provides more scattered and focused lighting LED’s can provide both and are exceptional in one directional lighting whereas induction lamps fail to pinpoint light in a direction, but are much more successful in illuminating a large area.
As for industrial purposes Induction Lighting stands higher than LED as LED is renowned for one directional lighting, in an industrial setting LED would only cause dark spots and shadows whereas induction lighting has a wider beam angle creating a much more even spread of light. LED cannot withstand extremely hot temperatures usually having a range of (-20*C-50*C) whereas induction lights can tolerate temperatures up to 70*C. Induction Lighting is highly efficient and has been proven time and time again in high power lighting on the other hand LED is yet to prove itself in industrial conditions and per its many features would fail to supersede induction lighting.