Monday, November 26, 2018

Retrofit Your Existing Fixtures Safely

Businesses are always looking to cut costs where possible. One thing that presents money-saving opportunities is LED technology. Many companies that transition from old lighting technologies to LED technology save money and boost their revenues to some extent (because proper lighting improves employee productivity). This article was first created on https://www.myledlightingguide.com/blog-retrofit-your-existing-fixtures-safely

Monday, November 5, 2018

LED Applications in the Oil and Gas Industry

Oil and gas refining and processing facilities can be highly unsafe because of the presence of hazardous compounds found in the atmosphere under normal operating conditions. To enhance safety, companies in this industry usually install explosion proof lighting systems in their facilities to hinder the ignition of sparks that are created by electrical equipment. This article was first created on https://www.myledlightingguide.com/blog-led-applications-in-the-oil-and-gas-industry

Thursday, October 11, 2018

LED Tips

We compiled a list of helpful LED Tips for your benefit and hopefully you might learn something about LED This article was first created on https://www.myledlightingguide.com/blog-led-tips

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Choosing the Best LED Replacement Tube Lights for T8 and T12 Fluorescent Lamps

T8 and T12 fluorescent tubes are used in different commercial spaces, but they are not energy-efficient. They have a tendency to hum and flicker, contain mercury, have a short lamp life and a poor color quality, and their light cannot be fully dimmed. This article was first created on https://www.myledlightingguide.com/blog-choosing-the-best-led-replacement-tubes

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Answers to 8 Common Questions on LED Lighting for Learning Institutions

Educational institutions fulfill a very unique role in society. They are places of learning, interacting, and community cohesion. Cost-effective LED lighting can improve the learning environment in any institution, help students to feel safe, and boost a school’s brand and reputation.With that said, some decision-makers in learning institutions put off switching to LED technology because they have many questions and no ready answers. Today, we are answering 8 of the most common questions on LED lighting for schools. This article was first created on https://www.myledlightingguide.com/blog-8-common-questions-about-led-lighting-in-schools

Friday, September 21, 2018

A Comprehensive Lighting Guide for Educational Institutions

Nowhere is good lighting needed as in educational institutions. It not only improves the concentration of the students, it also enhances safety for all the people in the institution. Research has shown that lighting can have a negative or a positive impact on concentration. Lighting also impacts mood, engagement, energy, and alertness. Task-appropriate lighting can have a great effect in a classroom.It is therefore crucial to choose good lighting fixtures that will create an environment that is conducive to learning. Color temperature is also very important in school and college lighting. Cool white light, like the one emitted by LEDs, is recommended as it makes students more focused and improves their performance. For institutions with small children, warmer light may be needed where children engage in calmer activities.This guide will recommend the type and amount of light for different learning environments. This article was first created on https://www.myledlightingguide.com/blog-lighting-for-educational-institutions

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

5 Types of LED Fixture (Retrofits) – and How to Install Them

Businesses, institutions, and organizations are always looking for ways to decrease their energy costs because traditional lighting systems consume a lot of electricity. LED lighting, which is very energy-efficient, has replaced conventional lights in many applications. This article was first created on https://www.myledlightingguide.com/blog-5-types-of-fixture-retrofits

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

How to Pick the Right LED WallPack Lighting

Wall pack lights, or exterior building lights, are lights that are usually mounted on the outer walls of commercial buildings. They are the most common commercial outdoor lighting fixtures. Wall packs use high-intensity lamp heads that are durable, energy-efficient, and have low levels of light pollution. These lights offer extra security to buildings as multiple fixtures are normally mounted on one wall to illuminate specific areas outside a building. This article was first created on https://www.myledlightingguide.com/blog-how-to-pick-the-right-wall-pack-lighting

Monday, September 10, 2018

Selecting the Best LED Lighting for Different Types of Sports Venues

Several pro teams in the biggest sports in America (NHL, NBA, MLB, and NFL) have replaced outdated metal halide lamps with LED lighting in their arenas and stadiums. The new lighting has benefited players, their fans, and facility operations staff. Players enjoy playing under the bright, powerful lights, fans love the brilliant light shows, and the operations staff love the lighting’s unmatched controllability and low maintenance. This article was first created on https://www.myledlightingguide.com/blog-best-lighting-sources-for-sports-venues

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Selecting HighBay Alternatives for Conventional Lighting Systems

High bay lights are fixtures that are usually found in large, open spaces with high ceilings like warehouses, factories, gymnasiums, industrial facilities, loading docks, big box retail stores, and sports arenas. These lights are normally used in areas with ceiling heights above 20 feet.High bay lighting fixtures have to illuminate large vertical and horizontal spaces and must have a very high lumen output. Many of these fixtures are designed in such a way that they produce diffused light which reduces glare. The fixtures are usually mounted using hooks or chains but they can also be mounted on a ceiling, it all depends on the design. This article was first created on https://www.myledlightingguide.com/blog-selecting-highbay-alternatives

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Guide to High Mast Lighting

Outdoor areas with a lot of activity like airports, shipping ports, highways, merging expressways, transportation terminals, and sports fields usually need high mast lighting because they require extra safety and security. High mast lighting is very cost-effective and is the best way to illuminate large outdoor spaces that need high-quality light. This article was first created on https://www.myledlightingguide.com/blog-guide-to-high-mast-lights

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

5 Things to Consider When Choosing LEDs for a Warehouse

When selecting LEDs for a warehouse, two things should be on your mind: productivity and safety. If the lights don’t enhance safety, workers can easily get injured and take many days off work – which is the last thing you want. And if they don’t boost productivity, employees will be less alert and energetic, which will negatively impact your business bottom line. This article was first created on https://www.myledlightingguide.com/blog-5-things-to-consider-when-choosing-led-for-a-warehouse

Thursday, August 30, 2018

mportant Things to Consider When Choosing LED ShoeBoxLights for Your Parking Lot

It is no secret that parking lot lights consume a lot of electricity. In fact, they can have a negative impact on a business' bottom line. But we all know that parking lots must be bright, well-lit areas in order to enhance safety and security.Before LED lighting was introduced, most parking lot poles had high intensity discharge light fixtures. And while these fixtures provided bright light, the light didn't remain bright for very long and they consumed a lot of energy, increasing electric bills significantly. This article was first created on https://www.myledlightingguide.com/blog-read-this-before-you-buy-shoebox-lights

Friday, August 24, 2018

An Informative Guide to Lighting Retrofits

While you may be very familiar with LED technology, you may not fully understand what a (LED) retrofit is. So, what exactly is a lighting retrofit?

The term retrofitting means adding something new – like technology or a component – that wasn't there before or wasn't part of the original structure. When it comes to lighting, retrofitting with LEDs means replacing traditional lights with LED lights without replacing the existing fixtures.

Before LED lights were introduced, linear fluorescent lamps were the most popular. In fact, many commercial buildings in the U.S. still have these lights. Can you imagine how much money and electricity would be saved if these lights were replaced with LEDs which can reduce energy consumption by up to 90%?

Just to give you an idea, this is what will happen if you replace conventional lights with LED lights.
  • Energy consumption will be reduced
  • You won't have to replace lights for many years (since LEDs have a long lifespan)
  • Maintenance costs will significantly decrease
  • No need for cooling as LEDs emit very little heat
  • No risk of shock as bulbs are replaced

How to Determine If Your Building Needs Lighting Retrofits

The best way to determine if lighting retrofits are perfect for your building is by identifying the problem you're trying to solve. Are you looking to significantly reduce energy consumption or are there other problems you’re trying to solve with the retrofits? Retrofitting is not ideal for every building as it depends on the condition of the existing fixtures, the lighting infrastructure in place, and your sustainability goals.

To find out whether retrofitting is perfect for your building, ask yourself these 7 questions.
  1. Are the existing lighting fixtures in good working condition?
  2. Do I need to replace the lights in order to adhere to municipal lighting code changes?
  3. Am I spending too much money on lighting maintenance and replacement bulbs?
  4. Do I want to considerably lower my building's energy consumption?
  5. Are there some lighting fixtures in my building that are hard to service?
  6. Do the lights operate for more than 12 hours a day?
  7. Does my business or organization want to decrease its environmental footprint?

When you have the answers to these questions, you can determine whether retrofitting or a full fixture replacement (a full redesign) is better for your building.

The 2 Different Types of Lighting Retrofits

While we described retrofitting in detail at the beginning of this post, let’s delve a little deeper. Retrofitting doesn't just mean replacing traditional lights with LED lights. The process can be conducted in two ways, it all depends on the existing fixtures and the lighting infrastructure.
These are the 2 retrofitting methods used by electrical professionals and contractors.

1. Retrofit Kits

Retrofit Kits offer an easy upgrade option and are used by many businesses, organizations, and institutions. The kits come complete with LEDs and drivers and are mounted directly onto existing fixtures. They quickly change your existing lighting fixtures to energy-saving LED fixtures.

If you have fluorescent fixtures in your building, retrofit kits can make the fixtures energy-efficient by reusing their upper parts. However, it is worth noting that the labor costs for installing retrofit kits will depend on your existing lighting infrastructure. If the electricians doing the retrofitting have to follow complex component removal processes (which apply to fluorescent lamps) or perform wiring modifications, the labor costs may be higher.

2. Direct Bulb Change Out

LEDs, unlike fluorescent lights and High Intensity Discharge lights, do not require ballasts to regulate the current and voltage supplied to them. They use internal drivers to convert alternating current voltage to direct current voltage. Some conventional lighting fixtures can easily be retrofitted by replacing the bulbs.

An electrician may simply remove fluorescent tubes, ballasts, and lamp holders and replace them with LEDs. This is the most affordable retrofitting option for both indoor and outdoor settings, since the LEDs are placed directly into traditional HID fixtures or fluorescent tube troffers. Many new LEDs can be installed directly into existing fixtures, regardless of the fixtures. The electrical professional simply swaps the conventional bulb with the right LED bulb and electricity consumption goes down right away.

However, if your lighting fixtures are old, damaged, or completely enclosed, a full fixture replacement may be the only option. LEDs cannot be used in fixtures that are completely enclosed unless they are approved for use in those fixtures. This is because they may malfunction because heat can't disperse. While this process is the most costly, it's the only option in some instances.

Calculating the ROI of Your Retrofitting Project

Whether you are a business or an organization, it is always a good thing to save money. Recouping your initial investment is a crucial component of any financial decision you make, whether it's switching your lighting to LED technology or adding a product line.

As a business, it is important to understand the estimated return on investment (ROI) as it tells you how profitable a venture will be. When you know how quickly you will recover the money you invested, you can decide whether upgrading your building’s lighting to LED is a good choice. Remember, anything that minimizes costs will give your business a competitive edge.

When calculating the ROI of retrofitting, there are a few things to take into consideration. Here are 6.
  1. The rebates offered when you convert to LED. You can check the rebates offered in your area on https://www.energystar.gov/
  2. The incentives given by the state and local governments. https://www.energy.gov/ provides this important information
  3. The decrease in energy consumption. LEDs use up to 90% less electricity compared to other lighting systems
  4. The low maintenance costs. Lighting maintenance will be almost nonexistent for many years to come
  5. The reduction in cooling costs; LEDs don't need to be cooled as they give off very little heat
  6. The increased light output. LEDs are directional lights and illuminate surfaces better

There you have it. With the right retrofitting option, it won't take you long to get back the money you invested as LEDs significantly reduce costs and offer quality performance. This is why converting to LED technology is a no-brainer.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

How to Choose Highbay Light Fixtures for Aircraft Hangars

We'll start this post by asking a thought-provoking question. "Where do you think airplanes go after dropping off passengers at an airport and don't have any other scheduled flights?" This article was first created on https://www.myledlightingguide.com/blog-how-to-choose-the-right-lighting-for-an-airport-hangar

3 Types of Wall Pack Lights for Exteriors

Wall pack lights, or exterior building lights, are outdoor lights that are usually mounted on the outer walls of buildings. They are also ideal for lighting up driveways, streets, and walkways that are adjacent to buildings, because they can be mounted on lighting poles. This article was first created on https://www.myledlightingguide.com/blog-3-types-of-wallpacks-for-exterior-lighting

Sunday, August 19, 2018

A Comprehensive Guide to Buying LED HighBay Lights

The increasing cost of electricity and the negative impact of greenhouse gas emissions have made many businesses to adopt energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly lighting solutions – and LED is the most popular choice. It is no secret that LED lights have revolutionized lighting thanks to their low energy consumption, reduced maintenance, high light output, and a myriad of other excellent benefits. These lights have helped businesses, organizations, and institutions to save a lot of money on electricity and have better light in their spaces. This article was first created on https://www.myledlightingguide.com/blog-comprehensive-guide-to-highbay-lights

Thursday, August 16, 2018

How Lighting Controls Are Changing Lighting

As LED technology continues to grow by leaps and bounds, the world of lighting keeps on changing. And as more businesses and organizations embrace LED technology, they realize they can save even more money by installing automation and sensor technology in their spaces. This article was first created on https://www.myledlightingguide.com/blog-how-lighting-controls-are-changing-lighting

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Why Get LED Lighting for A Warehouse?

High-Bay light fixtures are not only ideal for warehouses, they are used in facilities with high ceilings that require illumination from very high points (15 or more feet), like gymnasiums, sports arenas, loading docks, and industrial facilities.Until recently, metal halide lights were the only lights used in high bay lighting fixtures. However, these lights have many issues (they take time to warm up, buzz and flicker, consume a lot of electricity, and don’t have a long lifespan). Because of their inefficiency, these lights were quickly replaced by fluorescent and LED lighting systems. But the best of the two is definitely LED because of its energy efficiency, low maintenance, long lifespan, and better light output. This article was first created on https://www.myledlightingguide.com/blog-why-convert-your-warehouse-over-to-led

Important Things You Need to Know About LED Parking Area Lighting

If you happen to own or manage a parking lot, you should seriously consider getting LED fixture retrofits to replace the traditional lights. Converting to LED is one of the best decisions you'll ever make as it will have a big impact on your bottom line and the overall look of the space. If you're looking to cut down costs, improve the quality of light in your parking lot, and enhance the aesthetics of the space, LEDs are your go-to lights. They emit higher-quality light than traditional lights and have lower maintenance. MyLEDLightingGuide is a LED light supplier whose main aim is to help companies, organizations, and institutions switch to energy-efficient lighting. We have more than 10 years of experience in the LED lighting industry and have helped many facility owners to change the lighting in their parking lots to LED. This article was first created on https://www.myledlightingguide.com/blog-important-things-to-know-about-parking-area-lights

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Buying LED Lights for Parking-Lots: Things to Look At

After years of getting frustrated by metal halide parking lot lights, you've finally decided to make the switch to LED. However, you aren't sure where to start. This article was first created on https://www.myledlightingguide.com/blog-buying-lights-for-parking-lots

Friday, August 10, 2018

Making Light Work: Productivity and Workplace Lighting

When it comes to workplace lighting, we know two things: workers who are content with the lighting in their workspace are more productive and have a more positive outlook on everything, and that most American workers complain that they hate their office lighting. This article was first created on https://www.myledlightingguide.com/blog-making-light-work

Thursday, August 9, 2018

4 Reasons to Upgrade Your Parking Area Lights to LED

The importance of parking area lighting must never be underestimated as it plays a critical role in enhancing safety. While the pole-mounted lights that dot different parking lots across the country are not something a lot of business owners think of, they can determine how safe (or unsafe) a parking lot is for employees, customers, visitors, and passers by. This article was first created on https://www.myledlightingguide.com/blog-4-reasons-to-upgrade-your-parking-area-lights-to-led

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Foot Candles Recommended for Different Types of Environments

Truth be told, lighting systems are not equal. What may be ideal for one location may be unsuitable for another. For instance, a big box store does not need the same amount of light as a packaging warehouse. Even if these two facilities have the same square feet, the activities carried out inside them are very different. This article was first created on https://www.myledlightingguide.com/blog-foot-candle-requirements-for-different-environments

Monday, August 6, 2018

A Simple Guide to Explosion Rated LED Lighting

Explosion rated lighting, which also goes by the name Intrinsically Safe and Hazardous Location Lights, is UL certified lighting that complies with OSHA Safety Standards and is used in areas with pulverized dust, flammable petrochemical vapors, or ignitable fibers – or where the three have a probability of existing. This article was first created on https://www.myledlightingguide.com/blog-a-simple-guide-to-led-explosionproof-lighting

3 Things to Consider When Buying Explosion Class Lighting

Explosion proof lighting can enhance the safety of an industrial space, but only if it is ideal for the location. If you're an architect, a facility manager, or a lighting expert, there are three things you should look at when choosing hazardous location lighting The lighting technology The Class, Division, and Group of explosion lighting The cost savings and environmental impact This article was first created on https://www.myledlightingguide.com/blog-3-things-to-consider-when-purchasing-explosionproof-lights

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Retrofitting vs. A Full Fixture Replacement: Which One Is Better?

There are two things most people grapple with when converting to energy-efficient lighting: Choosing the best lighting technology for their spacesDeciding whether they should retain their existing light fixtures or replace both the light sources and the fixtures LED technology is the best solution in both cases as it is highly versatile and extremely energy-efficient. However, switching to LED doesn't always mean replacing traditional light bulbs. Sure, if your current light fixtures work well, all you may need to do is replace the old bulbs with LED modules. But if they are old, your only option may be a full fixture replacement. Before we discuss retrofitting and a full replacement, let's talk a little about LED technology. This article was first created on https://www.myledlightingguide.com/blog-retrofit-or-new-fixture

Thursday, August 2, 2018

How to Choose Lights for Warehouses

Warehouse lighting should be able to accomplish two things: enhance safety and increase productivity. When choosing lights for your warehouse, these two should be your top priorities. The top general industry accidents, according to the Department of Labor, are trips, falls, and slips. Having good lighting is the best way to reduce the risk of accidents. If you're thinking of upgrading the lighting in your warehouse, our valuable tips should help you make the right decision. This article was first created on https://www.myledlightingguide.com/blog-how-to-choose-lights-for-warehouses

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

5 Reasons LED Lighting Improves Warehouse Safety

Poor lighting in warehouses can be a significant headwind for employers. Dim and degraded lights not only causes safety issues which can lead to big problems for owners, but also can decrease productivity. Beyond the aforementioned, there are numerous ways new LED lighting can improve warehouse conditions. This article was first created on https://www.myledlightingguide.com/blog-5-reasons-led-lighting-improves-warehouse-safety

Friday, July 27, 2018

LED Tip 20: Make sure you Understand Light Distribution

So, you are looking to purchase an LED Fixture, and are comparing two fixtures that both say they have the same beam angle of light distribution. Read this post and avoid the pitfalls of buying the wrong light. This article was first created on https://www.myledlightingguide.com/blog-led-tip-20-make-sure-you-understand-light-distribution

Thursday, July 26, 2018

3 Great Reasons to Consider Retrofits for your Existing Fixtures

Businesses are always looking to cut costs where possible. One thing that presents money-saving opportunities is LED technology. Many companies that transition from old lighting technologies to LED technology save money and boost their revenues to some extent (because proper lighting improves employee productivity). This article was first created on https://www.myledlightingguide.com/blog-3-great-reasons-to-consider-retrofits-for-your-existing-fixtures

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

How to Confirm the Safety of Fixture Retrofit Kits

One of the best decisions a company can ever make is to upgrade to LED technology. Most businesses, in an effort to cut costs, choose retrofitting over a full redesign. Others do so in order to maintain the aesthetic appearance. Without a doubt, LED Fixture Retrofits offer a myriad of benefits.  However, from time to time, questions arise regarding their safety. This article was first created on https://www.myledlightingguide.com/blog-how-to-identify-safe-retrofits-before-you-purchase

Outdoor Lighting Controls Guide

In todays world, facility managers and business owners have to do more with less. Shrinking budgets, expanding regulations and increased consumer demand require outdoor lighting systems that are not only cost effective and maintenance free, but deliver a safe, secure and inviting environment. A lighting strategy that incorporates efficient led lighting with onboard controls helps customers realize significant advantage and saving over lights only options. This article was first created on https://www.myledlightingguide.com/blog-outdoor-lighting-controls-guide

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

4 Amazing (Yet Often Overlooked) Benefits of Retrofitting Your Existing Fixtures

Truth be told, nothing can impact a business significantly the way a lighting system can. But since it does its best work out of the public eye, we only realize its importance when the lighting is subpar, when bulbs stop working, or when there are complaints. Companies thinking of replacing their lighting systems usually look to LED lighting but are often torn between retrofitting and a full redesign.So, what’s the difference between the two? This article was first created on https://www.myledlightingguide.com/blog-4-amazing-benefits-of-retrofitting-your-existing-fixtures

The Top 4 Reasons to convert your Warehouse to LED

Many warehouse owners and facility managers are seeking to reduce energy consumption or are in need of long overdue updates in their aging facilities. LED lighting present a number of great reasons to upgrade, including but not limited to significant energy savings and ease of use. This article was first created on https://www.myledlightingguide.com/blog-top-4-reasons-to-convert-your-warehouse-to-led

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Power Plant Generation Lighting is unique because of the problems associated with this environment. In facilities where steam is generated, heat is a byproduct and can't be avoided. We have years of experience working in these environments so here is our list of the top 3 problems and solutions.  This article was first created on https://www.myledlightingguide.com/blog-solving-3-problems-for-power-generation-facilities

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Speciality Lighting: Class 1 Div 1 Lighting

Explosion Proof lights have to be good, none more so than a Class 1 Div 1 Light. In today's market, its hard to find this type of light and not pay a kings ransom. Read this, we think you will like what we have to offer. This article was first created on https://www.myledlightingguide.com/blog-specialty-lighting-class-1-div-1-lights

Friday, July 13, 2018

2 Must Have Controls for LED Parking Area Lights

We all know LED saves money. Saving 70% of more is not uncommon, if you pay attention to the efficiency of the LED lights you are using. But here is something you shouldn't overlook. These simple low cost add-ons will significantly increase you savings, and dramatically shorten your payback. This article was first created on https://www.myledlightingguide.com/blog-2-must-have-controls-for-parking-lights

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Retrofitting 1000W HID

The 1000W HID bulb is probably one of the most common HID lights on the market today. You can find them both indoors and outdoors, in large factories, gyms, sports arenas, as area lighting and security lighting. Along with their associated ballasts, these lights consume around 1150 Watts every time they are turned on. Want to learn how to save 75% or more? This article was first created on https://www.myledlightingguide.com/blog-retrofitting-1000w-hid

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Speciality Lighting: Color Adjustable LED Panels

One of the problems with any lighting installation in the office is to choose the right color temperature. 3000K? 4000K? 4500K? Well, what if you don't have to decide and can have 1 panel that can do any color between 3000K and 5000K, and can be changed at any time? This article was first created on https://www.myledlightingguide.com/blog-specialty-lighting-color-adjustable-led-panels

Retrofitting 400W HID

This is probably the most common HID light on the market, the 400W HID (MetalHalide or HPS) bulb. It's not hard to find this fixture in a commercial or industrial facility. Along with their associated ballasts, these lights consume around 455 Watts every time they are turned on. Want to learn how to save 75% or more? This article was first created on https://www.myledlightingguide.com/blog-retrofitting-400w-hid

Monday, July 9, 2018

Specialty Lighting for Warehouse Rack Aisles

Warehouses typically have 2 definable areas: open spaces and rack shelving aisles. When dealing specifically about rack shelf aisles, there are special LED Warehouse Lights that are designed specifically for these areas. This article was first created on https://www.myledlightingguide.com/blog-specialty-lighting-for-warehouse-rack-aisles

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Retrofitting 250W HID

It's not hard to find a fixture in a commercial or industrial facility that has a 250 HID light, either MetalHalide or HPS. The problem is these lights consume way too much energy, and are not designed to work with motion sensors. They go on, they go off. And that's it. Here's how you can convert them to LED. This article was first created on https://www.myledlightingguide.com/blog-retrofitting-250w-hid

Friday, July 6, 2018

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Active Cooling Versus Passive Cooling for LED

LED Light is efficient. Far more efficient than the HID, fluorescent or incandescent bulbs they replace. But not all energy LED consumes is converted to light. Some of the energy is used to create heat. And while LED is far more efficient than the other light sources at producing light and very little heat, the heat it produces must be removed.

Why do you need cooling?

Removing the heat from the LEDs extends the life of the product. Think of an LED light installed inside a cooler or freezer area. The ambient air is cold. The entire air source of the cooler area acts as a heat sink, keeping the LEDs performing extremely well and efficient for years. And while it is impractical to only install LEDs inside a cool environment, having a heat sink to remove this heat is the next best thing.

Removing Heat: Active Cooling

So what is active cooling? Typically, this means fan. This type of cooling has been used for decades on other types of electronics: computers, laptops, TV's and amplifiers. Fan's blow a steady stream of air onto a a heat sink and transfers the air away. If inside an enclosed fixture, this hot air is then moved to the fixture itself, thus acting as a secondary larger heat sink. It creates airflow inside the enclosed fixture, creating turbulence over the face of the LED's, removing any static heat that might built up that might build up without the present airflow.

Within the LED industry, there had been a debate on whether fans are good or not. Some who think they are bad claim they are a point of failure. And over the years, we have heard these types of arguments as well. However, the truth of the matter are fans are extremely robust and rarely fails. MyLEDLightingGuide has sold 1000's of active fan retrofit kits over the past 10 years, and have maybe seen 2 failures. In both cases, water intrusion into the fixture caused the fans to fail.

The benefit to an active fan solution is the physical size of the heat sink required is significantly smaller. So retrofitting an existing fixture, replacing the bulb and ballast with a LED Retrofit Kit, makes sense. Without the active fan, the heat sink would be too large to fit into the existing fixture.

Removing Heat: Passive Cooling

So why not use a fan all the time? Well, you don't need to. Lighting designers can integrate the heat-sink as the fixture housing, combining both form with function. Take our LED UFO High Bays. The UFO part of the fixture is the heat sink. It is significantly large enough to absorb the heat produced by the LEDs, and radiate the heat away from the fixture. These types of fixtures are typically not installed inside other fixtures, so it can utilize what ever available air flow is available to help remove air that is available. Outdoors, there are available breezes that can effectively remove heat. So creating a stylish fixture that radiates heat away is practical and economical. Engineers can easily design the right size heat sink to accommodate the removal of heat for the fixture they are designing.

So What Better?

Neither. They are both good. Both are perfect for the solution they were designed to solve. Fans are extremely robust. So you should not let the fan, if a retrofit is your best option, be the deciding factor on moving forward with either an active cooling or passive cooling solution.

Reposted from MyLEDLightingGuide Blog