5 Reasons Why LEDs are More Eco-Friendly Than You Think

LEDs are far and away the most energy efficient lighting option on the market.

During the last 10 years, government regulations and manufacturing improvements have made them more available.

But energy efficiency is not the only environmental benefit of LED lighting. Here are five reasons why LED lighting is more environmentally friendly than you might think:

  1. LEDs work for decades

The average LED light can provide 50,000 hours of service or more and many of Amerlux’s LED products are built to last well past the average rated life.

Such a long lifespan means less supplies need to be dedicated towards maintenance. Besides the obvious monetary savings this represents, that means energy and resources don’t need to be expended on maintenance and replacements. If an LED lasts for 20 years—which many easily can—that’s two decades where no new lights need to be purchased. This diminished demand means natural resources can stay in the ground and not be used up.  

  1. No toxic chemicals

Fluorescent light bulbs contain mercury and other hazardous chemicals. Exposure to these chemicals is dangerous to humans and harmful to the environment, which makes disposal difficult and resource-intensive (Department of Energy).

LEDs are free of these dangerous elements. Constituting a chip inside an epoxy resin, LEDs are very durable. If you drop one, you don’t need to worry about being subjected to mercury.

  1. Less sky pollution

Exterior lights contribute to the light pollution endemic to metro areas. Non-LED light sources are omni-directional, meaning they spew light around in 360 degrees. LEDs are directional, so they shine light in one direction. This distinction is important because omni-directional lighting wastes light—throwing it where it is not needed. LEDs like Amerlux’s Avista street light retrofit product deliver light directionally to comply with dark sky codes where light cannot be thrown above 90 degrees. Avista puts lumens on the ground, where it is needed. Including a horizontal disc, Avista shines downward and avoids causing light pollution because the light is directed to the ground instead of thrown into the sky.

  1. Different light temperatures are available

LEDs are often stereotyped as delivering unnaturally blue light. Like most stereotypes, this is inaccurate, as LEDs can provide light in a variety of Kelvin temperatures, ranging from the extremely warm 1800K, to the coolest of cools beyond 6000K. LEDs can emulate natural sunlight or deliver light at any temperature needed.

  1. Energy efficient

A discussion of LEDs’ eco-friendliness would be incomplete without mentioning their energy efficiency.  LEDs can cut energy consumption by more than 80 percent on average compared to conventional lighting. When Los Angeles upgraded their historic streetlights with Avista, their energy consumption dropped by 75 percent, while Portland, Oregon realized savings of 60 percent with their own Avista upgrade project. The Queens Museum in New York City cut energy usage by 90 percent when they replaced their outdated halogen lamps with Amerlux’s SPEQ track lighting system.

LED’s efficiency comes from how it converts electricity into light. Conventional lighting wastes up to 90 percent of the energy in the form of heat with only 10 percent emitting light. LEDs, on the other hand, convert about 95 percent of the energy into light, emitting only 5 percent as heat (Department of Energy).

 

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Amerlux Listens to Innovate; Solves Design, Availability, Install Issues

New Linear LED Saves Time, Money for Design-Build Firms, Architects, Contractors

OAKLAND, N.J. – May 17, 2018 – Amerlux, an award-winning design-and-manufacture lighting company, announced today it has launched a linear lighting product that essentially eliminates availability and installation headaches for contractors, designers and end users.

Amerlux’s new Quick-Line is a LED architectural-grade pendant fixture that delivers on the promise of speed, low cost and high quality. Sold in middle-of-run segments, Quick-Line is stocked on the shelf in standard lengths, standard color temperatures and standard lumens per watt, which allows the product to ship in as little as 72 hours.

“Regarding Quick-Line, Amerlux engineering has turned the installation process into an ad jingle: Link it, Latch it, Cap it,” said Amerlux CEO and President Chuck Campagna. “Quick-Line ships with the lenses and LED boards installed with no need to remove in order to install. Linear lighting is now quick and easy.”

How Amerlux Innovates

In a collaborative effort, Amerlux’s production and engineering teams created Quick-Line after receiving feedback from architects, contractors and design-build firms.

  • For architects, Quick-Line is architecturally styled linear pendant with performance of a specification-grade luminaire. The product offers a 1.5″ aperture, performance lens and an end cap light block shield to prevent light leakage, which occurs when the lens shrinks and creates a gap between the end cap and lens. Quick-Line is priced and stocked to ship similar to white goods linear product, but with performance and style.
  • For contractors, Quick-Line ships in 72 hours and it installs right out of the box. Providing an almost tool-less installation, contractors never have to remove the lens or LED board to wire or hang the product. Pre-wired with quick connectors between the units, as well as the power feed kits, Quick-Line’s run alignment pins and pre-installed brackets make it the quickest linear product to install, allowing contractors to quickly move on to their next job.
  • For design-build firms, Quick-Line provides performance and lighting control that help elevate their designs. Design-build firms can create a layout design on Day 1, send a supply design to a contractor on Day 2 and have the product on site on Day 5. In addition, Quick-Line offers direct and direct/indirect lighting distributions that bring comfort and style to any space.
Standard Spec-Grade Materials

Constructed from extruded aluminum instead of steel, Quick-Line assures architecturally straight lines of light.  It’s very common for long linear fixtures made of steel to bend where run sections join because the pins holding them in place can’t bare the weight of the overall fixture, which ultimately causes crooked runs with light leaks that creates headaches for installers and architects.

Quick-Line offers a high light output of 730 lumens per foot and 105 lumens per watt. It comes in 3000K to 3500K light with an 82 CRI. It features a 1.5″ aperture, as well as direct and direct/indirect combo light distribution options.

More ROI for Bottomline

 Quick-Line delivers outstanding light quality for more than 50,000 hours without depreciation, compared to a few thousand hours for energy-inefficient fluorescent lights. With such a long operating lifespan, maintenance costs for Quick-Line are minimal. In addition, the LEDs are extremely efficient and provide huge energy savings during their useful life.

For more information about the company, call Amerlux at 973.850.4342.

 

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The Top 10 Benefits of LED Lighting

Pound for pound, LEDs are far and away the very best type of light source around, for so many reasons.

Pick a comparison point and LEDs outperform old-fashioned lighting types, such as halogen, high-pressure sodium (HPS), incandescent and fluorescent. LEDs are more versatile, last longer, provide better quality light, and are tremendously energy efficient. Here’s why LEDs are the unrivaled light source:

1. Big time energy cost savings

It’s no secret—LED lights are extremely energy efficient, using only a tiny fraction of the energy that other light types use. When Los Angeles upgraded their streetlights with a cutting edge streetlight retrofit solution, they slashed energy usage by 75 percent over their old HPS lamps. The Queens Museum in New York City cut energy costs by 90 percent by replacing their old halogen lights with a modern LED track light system.

For any municipality or organization looking to cut ballooning power costs, energy-sipping LED lighting is a remarkably effective method.

2. Tremendously long operating life

LEDs last for a long time. A very, very long time—50,000 to 70,000+ hours for most models—which is orders of magnitude longer than other outdated technologies like HPS and halogen.

Not only can LEDs provide a decade or more of optimal service, their light quality doesn’t begin to depreciate until after 50,000 hours of use. The light from HPS lamps on the other hand begins to deteriorate after just 100 hours and halogens after 2,000 hours. An HPS or halogen lamp may provide light for several thousand hours, but the quality degrades quickly before finally burning out. In contrast, LEDs are consistently perfect for 50,000+ hours.

Such a long operating lifespan also delivers tremendous maintenance cost savings. LEDs rarely need replacing, saving time, money, materials, labor and equipment (e.g. lifts for streetlights or high-ceiling applications).

3. Durable

One of the reasons LEDs deliver such a long operating life is that they are singularly durable. Their durability comes from their solid-state construction. LEDs include a chip inside an epoxy resin instead of the fragile filaments or pressurized gas utilized by other light types, which are susceptible to breakage. Thus, LEDs are highly resistant to damage from vibrations, shock and impact. LEDs make an excellent choice for exterior lighting as they can also withstand vandalism and traffic impacts.

4. Outstanding color rendering

Until LEDs were developed, halogen lamps were the standard for color rendering. Except, they weren’t very good—they cast a warm hue over everything, especially whites and cooler-toned colors.

With LEDs, food and flowers look very fresh and supermarkets benefit from lush green produce, deep red meats and brilliantly bold flowers. Quality LEDs have CRI ratings over 95 or a TM30-15 rating for full saturation of color. With those ratings, retailers enjoy eye-popping color in their merchandise and even art galleries and museums are using LEDs to showcase their exhibits in the best light.

5. Low UV emissions

Besides their top-notch color rendering, LEDs emit almost no UV rays. Just about every light type emits some UV rays, but the amount from LEDs is among the lowest. The UV rays emitted from artificial light sources are safe for humans, but they can severely damage delicate artwork and artifacts—which is why museums often use low light levels to protect the exhibits—and prematurely age produce and flowers. The extremely low UV levels emitted by LEDs, combined with their extraordinary color quality, are a game-changer for art galleries and supermarkets. They can now cast their exhibits and fresh produce in the best light possible without damaging it.

6. Flexible design options abound

LEDs can be manufactured in almost any size and shape, giving the technology incredible versatility and making clean and modern aesthetics more possible than ever before. From linear lighting fixtures only an inch-and-a-half wide, to disc-shaped streetlights, the possibilities are endless. Custom wall-to-wall lighting has never been easier, as LEDs can be made to any size, down to one-eighth of an inch.

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7. Immediate on/off

A useful feature of LED lights is that there is no warm up or cool down period for them. Flip the switch and they light up instantly. Flip the switch again and they turn off instantly. No more waiting for the light to warm up and slowly get up to maximum brightness. Additionally, cycling LEDs on and off does not impact lifespan at all, unlike other outdated light technologies.

 8. Wide field of color temps

LEDs come in a wide range of color temperatures, from the very warm 1800K to the coolest of cools beyond 6000K. In practice, this means LEDs are appropriate for almost any application, from restaurants and hospitality suites that need warm ambience to the clean and modern white light in retail locations like the Apple Store.

9. Broad operating range

LEDs function well in hot or cold temperatures and can be dimmed all the way down to five percent without any flickering or depreciation in light quality. This huge operating range is a great advantage of LEDs over older light types and gives users a huge array of options in where and how to use their LED lights.

10. Eco-friendly

Besides consuming only a small fraction of the energy of other light sources, LEDs have the added environmentally-friendly benefit of not using toxic chemicals. For example, fluorescent lights have mercury in them, and they require special care for disposal to keep the mercury out of the environment.

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