LED lighting products, from down lights to under-cabinet lights, are appearing on shelves throughout the country. But what does anyone really know about LEDs and the challenges controlling them?
LEDs are generating a lot of excitement because of their unique combination of features, including:
- Energy Efficiency
- Long Life
- Compact Size
- Good Color Rendering
In a time when “going green” is a huge trend, LEDs excel thanks to their energy efficiency. A 25-Watt LED down light is equivalent to a 100-Watt incandescent.
One of the main challenges with LEDs is that they are still a developing light source with mostly undefined standards, meaning they aren’t always compatible with existing products. Another challenge has been that they are not always dimmable, or when they claim to be, they actually are not. When selecting an LED product, you need to ask:
- To what level do the LEDs dim?
- What dimmers work with the product?
- Have the dimmer and product been tested together?
Source: Lutron 2009