Debunk Perceived “Limitations” of LEDs

March 19, 2012 by CHAUVET DJ

by Allan Reiss, CHAUVET® DJ product manager

We read more and more about LEDs in industry magazines and see them used in various applications every day: from traffic lights, to medical use, to the classic purpose of entertaining in clubs, on stage and at private events. We know that overall, LEDs stand for a breakthrough in the lighting industry—this is undeniable! But you might also read how in certain areas LEDs are “limited,” or you will hear lighting designers loyal to the incandescent era who would not acknowledge the advantages of LEDs and just stick to what they think works best. LEDs are constantly improving, so they might not have reached perfection—yet—but are those “limitations” that some people talk about truly real? Read on to understand more:

1. “LEDs cost too much”—Not true! The upfront cost of LEDs is higher compared to the price of incandescent or fluorescent lights. But over the years LEDs are simply a good investment. The low energy consumption, not having to replace bulbs frequently and their reliability save a lot of money in the long run.

2. “They don’t really last 50,000 hours”—This is not the case! LEDs can in fact last between 50,000 to 100,000 hours of operation. What rumors out there are trying to convey, is that some other parts in the fixture, such as the power supply, might fail before the LEDs can reach their lifespan. Again, this is not accurate since not only have LEDs grown brighter and more versatile, but the lights and fixtures as an ensemble are built to keep up with the actual LED diode. If used in the proper conditions and maintained carefully, there is no reason why an LED fixture shouldn’t last for years and years.

3. “Not ideal for camera use”—Think again! The reality is that LEDs offer a rather wide spectrum of illumination. “Warm” and “cool” LED fixtures are now flicker-free, which makes them ideal for safe use on TV sets or for other video applications. CHAUVET® fixtures like the Q-Wash™ 560Z-LED or the COLORado™ Batten 72 Tour, COLORado™ Batten 144 Tour, COLORado™ Ridge IP, COLORado™ Range IP, all feature RGBWA LEDs for great color rendering.

Remember! LEDs are not only a great choice for various lighting usages, but they are also “green”! With zero mercury used to manufacture them, disposal after years of operation doesn’t pose a risk to the environment.

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