How to Choose the right LED Light?
Today a few lines about how to chose the right LED for your application and how to find these LED lights. The lighting industry uses its own language and phrases and it might be confusing for a end user to know what these people are talking about.
You hear words like general illumination, indoor lighting, home lighting, effect lighting, IP class, decor lighting, outdoor lighting and many more. Some of these expression make more sense than others but what do they mean? What does my lighting planner mean when he or she is talking about these things. In the following series we will try to bring some “light” in the darkness of these special phrases you face when choosing the right lighting for you.
Part 1: LED Lighting and Lighting Expressions
In recent times a customer but also dealer and specifier is facing new or different expressions when talking about lighting. It seems this new lighting stuff with LED makes life more complicated. Truth is – these expressions where always there but the end customer had never to be bothered with them. Lets have a look at some of the most common expressions in the lighting. We try to explain the things as easy as possible understanding means learning and learning about LED lighting will make it easier to adopt and apply this new energy efficient technology.
The first special phrase used by lighting industry professionals is “General Illumination”.
In simple terms “general illumination” includes everything that is not a special application. It covers everything that one uses to have a room or an area lit up. This means lighting for office, for home, for hotels you need to be able to read your news paper or do see what you are actually doing.
Typical luminaires for this general illumination are LED Downlights, LED panel lights in round shapes, LED panel light in a square or rectangle shape, LED spot lights, LED ceiling lights.
General illumination normally covers indoor applications, home lighting, residential lighting, office lighting
LED Effect Lighting
The expression LED Effect lighting covers everything that is not used to light up a room or area but to create like the name already suggest special effects. Special effects are used to highlight certain areas of a room, architectural highlights, sculptures or things.
Another application of effect lighting is the usage of color to suggest a certain mood or effect. Before LED room lighting was more or less uniform. With the introduction of LED colors have a become more and more important element of design. Color effects with LED have become easy and with RGB (multi color) strips or light it also has become easy to change depending on the mood without big efforts.
Typical product used for effect lighting are LED spots in single color or multi color, Single Color LED strip lights or RGB color changing LED lights.
The term “outdoor lighting” covers again a huge area of lighting – as the name says – everything that is used for outdoor lighting. Starting from the classical outdoor lights, street lighting, garden lamps, Facade flood lighting, LED ground lights, path lighting and many more applications.
The requirements towards the light sources in outdoor applications of course are much higher than for “general application” or indoor applications. Higher temperature ranges, water tight (expressed in the so called IP classes like IP65, IP67) and of course the chosen materials must withstand rough conditions.
Read more about the selection of LED lighting in the part 2 of our series….