For most applications, LED flood lights can replace older fixtures, and the transition to diode technology comes with an efficiency and longevity boost. Diode fixtures have been a viable option for large scale illumination for years, and though there is still room for improvement in high lumen applications, diode fixtures are now replacing halogens and gas discharge lamps in many areas. In short, the future of illumination in nearly every form is in diodes, and both individuals and businesses can benefit from its advanced technology.
The Impressive Benefits of LED Flood Lights
Diode fixtures have already found their way into a number of applications, including commercial displays and art displays. They are also making their way into large spaces like stadiums and parking lots. It’s easy to understand why, as diodes are superior to outdated fixture technologies in several ways. For example:
Diodes are much more efficient than competing technologies. Diodes offer the best lumen to watt ratios in the world, and this advantage is growing all the time. Soon, diodes will be mass-produced with up to 100 lumens per watt. This represents upwards of an 80 percent improvement over metal halide fixtures.
Diodes emit little ambient heat, making them a safer option. Because diode fixtures spend most of their energy producing illumination, there is little waste in the form of heat. Diodes operate at an atomic level, ferrying electrons over a semiconductor material to create illumination. This process is extremely precise, so there is close to zero infrared produced as a result. This reduces ambient heat to nil and keeps the fixture body itself operating at a safe temperature. No one will be burned by a diode fixture.
Diodes last much longer than other bulbs. The rated life of LED flood lights is about 50,000 hours, which is at least 10-times longer than other flood lights. And keep in mind that the rated life estimates when the fixture will drop to 50 percent lumen output. This means that diode fixtures can last even longer than 50,000 hours and retain much of their power. This is especially true for fixtures built with multiple diode chips, as some can completely burn out without noticeably affecting the overall quality of illumination.
Diodes are more stable and more durable than other bulbs. Diodes are built on stable circuits, unlike bulbs that rely on resistance filaments or a gas chamber. This added stability means diodes can withstand physical forces with better results. They can also withstand swings in temperature with little effect on performance. This is most noticeable on cold nights, as below freezing temperatures will not produce instability in a diode. With added cold resistance, diodes are ideal for warehouses that aren’t insulated or climate controlled.
There are a lot of marks in favor of diode fixtures, and their all-around superiority to other technologies mean they can serve admirably in any application, from residential to large-scale commercial and industrial.