Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology has revolutionized lighting design.
Learn how to avoid costly mistakes using a few simple tests.
What makes LED technology such an attractive option in lighting design?
- Control over the lighting experience
- Low energy consumption – sustainability
- Limitless options for customization
- Minimum maintenance
While LED technology is constantly evolving, it is opening up new options and alternatives. There are also many ways to go wrong when selecting the right product, sourcing it, and its integration. Surprises after the design is implemented are not pleasant. We have been hired on a number of projects where we had to go in and remedy the situation.
Why is it so tricky?
Common pitfalls that we have seen –
- Selecting the correct product isn’t easy.
- A reliable product source is necessary to ensure quality and consistency.
- This is as much art as it is science, as at the end of the day the technology needs to deliver performance, and the design should help realize the architect’s and building owner’s vision and branding.
- Hire a professional consultant to guide you through the process end-to-end.
Some lessons learned from our experiences working on a wide range of projects:
- An LED must only dim when you want it to.
- If the light output drops, “drop” the LED from your specification.
- Compare the brightness of two similar systems. If one is too bright, it isn’t right.
- If your object doesn’t look crisp, don’t try to iron it out. Reject the LED.
- If you can’t touch it, don’t “touch” it.
- If your object doesn’t glow evenly, don’t dim it. Simply reject the LED.