5 Reasons to Switch to LEDs

August 17, 2011 by CHAUVET DJ

by Allan Reiss, product manager for CHAUVET®

Highly efficient, LEDs, or light emitting diodes, are becoming the norm in the lighting industry. As a DJ you’ve probably wondered why LEDs are that much better than traditional fixtures that use lamps. Read below to see why you should make the change now.

1. Energy efficient/cost efficient.
On average, an LED fixture consumes 40-50 percent less energy than traditional fluorescent lighting with the same light output. Lighting accounts for 30-40 percent of the energy consumption in a typical office building. Installing efficient LED fixtures on your rig immediately reduces the amount of power you use.  You’ll also be able to use more fixtures and consume less power – sounds contradictory but that’s the beauty of LEDs!  Venues hosting small bands and their lighting rigs can and will appreciate this.

2. Long lifespan.
LEDs have a much longer lifespan than traditional lamps. They last 35 to 50 times longer than incandescent lighting and two to five times longer than fluorescent lighting.  Not to mention that LEDs don’t just suddenly “die.” They typically dim over time rather than abruptly failing like traditional lamps. So, don’t worry about blowing a bulb in the middle of a wedding reception!

3. Variety of colors.
LED fixtures can emit light of an intended color by using additive color mixing.  For example, a fixture with RGB LEDs will add blue and red together to create magenta – there is no need for color wheels or gel sheets. Additive color mixing saves time and money because you won’t have to buy and change gel sheets.  Using gel sheets and color wheels to obtain your desired color is called subtractive color mixing. For example, a moving head with a white LED will use a color wheel to project magenta (or any desired color).

4. Low heat.
Compared to most light sources, LEDs radiate very little heat. You can break down your setup in record time because you no longer have to wait for your fixtures to cool down. You’ll also notice that your electricity bill will decrease because you won’t have to pump the room with air conditioning to compensate for fixtures that emit a lot of heat.

5. Strong and sturdy.
LEDs don’t have a filament like regular incandescent bulbs. No broken filaments means you can spend less time fixing your lights and more time showing them off. You will also have lower maintenance costs over the life your fixture. LEDs are solid and hold up well as you’re trying to cram everything into your car and rush to the next gig.

Are you ready to make the switch? Your investment will pay for itself before you know it, especially if you upsell during events. These efficient fixtures are becoming the norm, so don’t get left behind!

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