When looking for the right lighting solutions, LED is often the most touted option on the market and for good reason. This type of fixture has a lot of great benefits to offer a variety of location types such as improved efficiency, higher lumen output, longer lifespan, and overall quality of light output. However, like any solution, there is always a margin for error. When it comes to mistakes made with LED lighting, here are 5 of the most common issues you need to know.
1. Installing LED lamps in the wrong fixture
One of the hands-down biggest mistakes made with LED lighting is trying to install this type of lamp into any fixture without updating. While it is true that LED lamps are compatible with several types of fixtures, there are usually a few steps you need to take to retrofit the solution to be compatible with the LED lamp first. You will notice some options are termed plug and play which means you can install the LED without worry. However, if you have a primarily fluorescent fixture and try to plug in LED lamps, you will run into problems. The fixture may not light at all. It may end up burning out the bulb faster due to incorrect wiring scenarios. Only some of the lamps might get powered up when you turn the fixture on. If you are making the switch to LED lamps, make sure your fixture is compatible or upgraded to handle these lamps.
2. Not checking drivers
Another big mistake is not paying attention to the driver component. If you install LED lamps to a retrofitted fixture or compatible fixture and ignore driver care, you are probably going through bulbs faster than you should. While the driver is unlikely to burn out in most units, it is still a good idea to check them as part of routine maintenance. There are also chips which need to be checked regularly to ensure they are working. LED is meant to be flicker free so if you are experiencing flicker, don’t change the bulbs but rather check the driver for damages.
3. Ignoring broad spectrum
Another of the mistakes made with LED lighting is ignoring the option of broad spectrum. While this topic isn’t discussed as often in the lighting industry as other issues such as lumen output or CRI, it is still important to take full advantage of it with your LED solutions. Broad spectrum gives you a better quality of illumination which can be beneficial in such settings as offices and businesses because it helps with productivity and mood elevation.
4. Going too powerful
While LED is known for being a powerful solution, people sometimes go overboard in this area. How do they go too powerful with LED? There are several ways such as choosing the coolest temperature possible and then everything looks washed out, choosing the highest lumen output available and causing distracting glares, or choosing too much lumen output per square foot for the space. It is important to choose only what works best for the space and not think in a more is always better mentality.
5. Making it the only light source
While LED is known to mimic natural light more closely than other solutions, it doesn’t mean you have to cut all sources of natural light out of the picture. Too many times, people will install LED and ignore the natural light sources available in the space. You can greatly cut down on your utility costs by working that natural light into your plan instead and thereby reducing the hours you require artificial light, and/or the lumen output level needed.