Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are a relatively new form of lighting. In the beginning, these lights were advertised to be a “set it and forget it” kind of light that can last 20 years or more. For many businesses, the idea of maintenance-free lighting can be alluring, since no maintenance means that more money stays in the bank. But all lighting, including LEDs, requires some form of maintenance if you want them to last a long time and still be efficient. Here are our tips on how to maintain LED lighting so you can reap the full, long-lasting benefits that these lights have to offer your company.
Do You Need to Maintain Your LED Lighting?
On average, most LEDs have a lifespan of 50,000 hours. It has even been estimated that in the next five years, LEDs in factory luminaries could last up to 100,000 hours…that’s 35 years! However, just because the light is stated to last that long, doesn’t mean it necessarily will. Other components may fail before the life of the LED decreases. The color quality can change, which can affect the ability of your employees to properly do their job. Driver electronics may fail first. This is why maintenance is so important.
Select Appropriate LEDs
Because LEDs are still new, it’s important that you invest in a quality product. This will help keep your LED lighting maintenance to a minimum. Investigate different manufacturers before committing and inquire about anything that can potentially damage the light or reduce its efficiency, such as heat or humidity. You also want to make sure you choose an LED that puts off the color temperature you need.
Do Your Research
While many LED products come with some sort of warranty, there are instances of failure after expiration. If that happens, then the faulty part will need to be replaced. If you don’t have some stored away somewhere, that means you will need to purchase them. Most luminaires are different and are constantly changing. In fact, there are new LED updates that happen approximately every one to two years, which means that some LED technologies become obsolete after that time. If you install the latest luminaires and then two years later you need maintenance, the products you need might not be available anymore. In order to avoid this troublesome issue, ask the producers what their future inventories look like and if they will be able to provide service in the event your lighting goes out of date.
Clean Them Regularly
LEDs greatly reduce the amount of maintenance needed for lighting, which can ultimately save you a lot of money. Still, all lights, even LEDs, need some form of regular maintenance. Traditional lights often need to be re-lamped, but this is not usually the case with LEDs. For this reason, cleaning is essential. Lighting units need to be cleaned, inside and out, of dust and debris that could otherwise build up and cause shortages. Cleaning around the units is helpful, too.
To ensure everything is working properly, make sure you perform occasional inspections on your LEDs. This involves testing to check for weak points that are impeding efficiency.Parts might need to be changed and lights may even need to be moved around to provide employees with optimum vision. This then allows fixes to occur before issues get out of hand and require expensive fixes.
LED lighting is amazing and long lasting, but it still requires maintenance, even if it is minimal. Pro Circuit will help you choose the right LED lighting and manufacturer to minimize any maintenance issues from the start. Contact us today to find out how LED lighting (and the maintenance that goes along with it) can save your company time and money.