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legacy fixture’s width or height.
Something that happens frequently with
fixtures is lighting designers are specifying
certain fixtures they are used to working
with. When they put an LED plug and
play retrofit lamp inside a halogen fixture
though, the end result is not what they
expect or had in mind. This is so because
the optics in LEDs are not doing what they
need to do and aren’t aligned with that
particular fixture. Oftentimes, this combination gives off a terrible glare.
Traditional light sources and LEDs operate at dramatically different temperatures.
While some halogen lamps operate at 200
degrees Celsius, LED lamps must operate
between a specific thermal temperature to
ensure long life and safety standards. In
much of the legacy fixture infrastructure,
there’s no means to dissipate heat in the
LEDs have different technical requirements that frequently don’t mesh with the
existing lighting infrastructure. This has
caused difficulties as manufacturers first
developed LEDs as replacement sources
without always taking into account deeper
issues of integration and eventual replacement of infrastructure with systems that are
better suited to LEDs.
Realizing the benefits that will be real-
ized by solving compatibility problems, the
LED industry, as a whole, needs to guar-
antee their technology fits legacy lighting
infrastructure. Bottomline, LED lamps
need to work on the spectrum of magnetic
transformers, in combination with most
commonly used leading edge dimmers, and
with a large variety of electronic transform-
ers paired with commonly used trailing
edge dimmers. Compatibility will remain
the number one issue for widespread adop-
tion, and I’m extremely confident we’ll be
able to overcome the hurdle. It will take
testing, hard work, and a commitment to
cementing LEDs as the latest and greatest of
the four lighting technologies to date.
Additionally, closer to the user-level,
these issues are beginning to be resolved
as manufacturers are working more closely
with lighting designers to develop prod-
ucts that can be more easily integrated into
fixtures and systems, while also pursuing
dramatically new and innovative uses and
distributions for LED technology.
It’s more important than ever to look at
the bigger picture. Scientists, designers,
and manufacturers are responding with
new innovations that will result in better
and more energy efficient at affordable
prices. So that a few bad actors don’t spoil
LED’s reputation, it’s time for the entire industry to tackle compatibility together. ■
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