6 Tips for Indoor LEDs

June 1, 2011

The benefits of indoor LED lighting may never be realized if your system doesn't perform as expected. It is imperative to conduct a thorough review of potential systems before making a final selection, advise experts from Lithonia Lighting.

To ensure your LED system achieves maximum performance, use the following guidelines:

  1. Standard criteria: Use basic lighting principles to confirm a new LED lighting solution will provide enhanced lighting quality, efficiency, and aesthetics over your current system.

  2. Thermal management: Determine how heat is managed in the overall system, which affects the efficacy of the luminaire source, system life expectancy, and the color quality and consistency.

  3. Color quality: Use the color rendering index (CRI) to determine color quality. An indoor LED fixture for ambient lighting should have a minimum CRI of 80. Ask the luminaire manufacturer how color consistency is managed using binning (sorting), color mixing, or controls.

  4. Lumen output: Determine the LED system's delivered lumens and efficacy or lumens per watt (LPW) with the manufacturer's published data to ascertain if an LED solution can meet your needs effectively.

  5. Adaptability: Research the adaptability of the LED lighting system. It should be easy to replace or upgrade components, as well as reconfigure the system for updates.

  6. Digital lighting controls: LED luminaires should be "control-friendly." They should be fully compatible with occupancy sensors, daylight harvesting controls, manual dimming, and full-scale energy management systems. Without compatibility testing, the electronic components could be out of sync and result in diminished dimming capability.

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