The pros and cons of integrated LED lighting
Integrated LED fixtures are becoming increasingly popular, but are integrated LED lights any good? These lighting solutions combine LED technology with the fixture itself, to create a seamless and efficient lighting system. In this article, we will explore the pros and cons of integrated LED lighting to help you decide if it is worth it.
What are integrated LED lights?
They are complete fixtures with LED modules built in. In other words, these fixtures incorporate the lighting source, which is not interchangeable. This is the main difference to luminaires for which you have to buy a light source (e.g. a bulb or a tube) separately.
Popular examples of integrated LED fixtures are downlights and other ceiling lights, but nowadays you can find all sorts of integrated LED lights, some of which are even dimmable or smart.
Pros of integrated LED lighting:
- Energy efficiency - LED fixtures are highly energy-efficient, which means they consume significantly less energy than traditional lighting sources. This translates to lower energy bills and a reduced carbon footprint.
- Durability - Integrated LED lighting is ideal for outdoor environments, commercial settings, and industrial applications. This is because some of these fixtures are designed to withstand water and humidity, vibrations, and shocks.
- Long lifespan - LED luminaires can last up to 50,000 hours, which is significantly longer than traditional lighting solutions. As a result, you will see maintenance and replacement costs lowering.
- High-quality light - Integrated LED lights have a high luminous output and emit a bright light, available in different colour temperatures. Moreover, thanks to LED technology the light does not flicker. These products are also ideal for areas where colour accuracy is important.
- Lower risk of system incompatibility - With luminaires with integrated LEDs there is no risk to buy a light source with an incompatible socket, or the wrong ballast or driver. The result is a stable technological infrastructure.
- Creative designs - LEDs have become flatter and smaller, and can be integrated in fixtures with modern and appealing designs.
- Extended warranty - Integrated LED fixtures are usually protected by a long-term warranty. For Noxion fixtures, for example, the warranty lasts up to 5 years.
Cons of integrated LED lighting:
- Upfront cost - Integrated LED lights can be more expensive than traditional lighting solutions. However, the energy savings and longer lifespan can offset the initial cost over time.
- Heat sensitivity - These luminaires may be sensitive to heat and may not perform as well in high-temperature environments.
- LEDs are not interchangeable - This means that when they degrate, the fixture has to be replaced entirely.
- Difficulty in upgrading - Lighting technologies are progressing year over year, but integrated LED lights most likely have to be replaced entirely to upgrate. This could be the case if you want to install smart lighting.
So, are integrated LED lights worth it?
In conclusion, integrated LED lighting offers many benefits, including energy efficiency, durability, long lifespan, and high-quality light. However, it is important to consider the potential drawbacks, such as the upfront costs and difficulties in replacing and upgrading these fixtures. If you are considering to install integrated LED lights, you can consult with our lighting specialists to determine the best solution to your needs.
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Gaia - Last update May 2023