LED Lighting, Sustainability of Ownership
When a facility buys LED Lighting,
they expect the LED fixtures to last longer than the lighting it replaces. Just because the new lighting is LED, this is not assured.
Prior to LED, most lighting upgrades went to high performance fluorescent lighting. With fluorescent lighting (in general):
- All 4' Lamps were 32 Watts from all manufacturers.
- All Lamps were the same exact length, diameter, and pin configuration.
- There were 4 main manufacturers of fluorescent lamps.
- There were 5 main manufacturers of fluorescent ballasts.
- All fluorescent lamps worked with all fluorescent ballasts.
Conclusion: Fluorescent technology is a very easy technology to own and maintain.
With the LED Revolution... Everything is Different:
- The LED Light Sources are infinitely variable: efficacy of LEDs, board material, board shape, board dimension, forward voltage, input DC voltage.
- The Drivers (equal to ballasts) are infinitely variable: output wattage, forward voltage, output DC voltage, made of steel/aluminum/plastic, dimensions.
- All complicated by the LED Light Source and Drivers not being made by the same company, nor only a few companies.
How does a Facility Manager source the proper replacement parts in the future? Choose Linmore LED.
- Our Light Bars are standardized, easy to maintain and source in future years.
- We make our own Drivers, matched to our Bars or fixtures for optimal performance and easy sourcing in future years.
- We are based in the USA.
- One call to Linmore Sustains a facility's investment in LED allowing for years of expected performance.
Don't be a Victim of Cheapism. Warranties are provided by manufacturers, not contractors. Ask your lighting vendor:
- Who makes the drivers in the lighting that you are proposing? Where are they located?
- Who is the manufacturer backing the warranty on the new lighting? Where are they located?
- What language do I need to speak/write to file a warranty claim?
- How do I find LEDs and drivers when they fail?
- Do you or your supplier stock drivers in the US to support the lighting you are proposing?
- Do you or your supplier stock LEDs in the US to support the lighting you are proposing?
- How many years will I be able to find and buy replacement parts before they are no longer made, obsolete, or unavailable?
If you can't get solid answer to these questions, why set yourself up for failure and insure you'll be buying lighting again very prematurely, wasting more of your company's assets. Do it right, do it once.