1.What are the advantages to using LED luminaires?
LEDs bring several advantages to the lighting industry, including high efficacy and durability, and, with superior life over other lamp sources, their required maintenance is greatly reduced. This translates into energy savings, maintenance savings, and environmental sustainability. There is also the potential for greater optical control (more controllable source), dimming, instant on/off, and reduced rate of lumen depreciation (potential for long application life).
2.How many LED fixtures do I need compared to other sources, i.e., incandescent, CFL, etc.?
There are many different types of lighting, housings, trims, accessories, and lamp types available. Please refer to the Product Spec Sheet for photometry information.
3.Why does the identical LED chip package lumen depreciate at different rates from manufacturer to manufacturer?
Unlike previous technologies, LED manufacturers have a much greater impact on the rate of lumen depreciation based on their luminaire designs. Thermal design plays a critical role in the rate of lumen depreciation. Therefore you should see variation in lumen depreciation from manufacturer to manufacturer, as well as within different product families offered by the same manufacturer.
4.Are FASTER LED lights ultra-efficient?
Compared to conventional technologies, FASTER LED Lighting products can deliver the same amount of light using as little as 10 to 15% of the power. This huge reduction in energy consumption can enable consumers to save hundreds of dollars over the life of each light.
The Value of FASTER LED Lighting
A FASTER LED Lighting product, like the FL floodlight, can replace a 65 watt light while using only 10.5 watts. In its 50,000 hour lifetime it will consume about 525 kilowatt-hours, costing about $63. During that time, it will never need to be replaced.
The Cost of Incandescent Lamps
A typical 65 watt light lasts for 2,000 hours. To match the light output and longevity of a FASTER LED Lighting downlight, traditional lighting would consume 3,250 kilowatt-hours, and need to be replaced about 25 times, costing over $465.
So..saving over $400 in electric and relamping costs, for every downlight you replace.
5.Do FASTER LED lights produce UV and/or IR emissions?
Unlike incandescent and fluorescent light sources, FASTER LED Lighting products produce virtually no light in the ultraviolet (UV) or infrared (IR) spectrums.
6.What does "Lifetime 50,000 hours" mean?
Useful life has been defined as the number of hours an LED device can operate until it emits only a certain percentage of its original lumen output. For general illumination applications, vision research suggests that 70 percent of original lumen output is the level where end users begin to notice a drop in light levels. This metric is indicated as L70. The Illuminating Engineering Society of North
America (IESNA) published LM-80-08, IES Approved Method for Measuring Lumen Maintenance of LED Light Sources. FASTER tested our LED lamps for long-term lumen maintenance consistent with LM-80 methods to demonstrate L70 life after more than 6,000 hours of testing and got the number 50,000 hours under normal operating conditions. Also the performance of all of our products is verified by accredited independent 3rd party laboratories. Please note, any initial condition or parameter change will affect the useful life of LEDs in different ways.
7.Where have LEDs been used in the lighting industry?
LEDs began to be used in the lighting industry in the late 1990’s typically in aesthetic, effect, or specialty lighting applications, including architectural highlighting. The use of LED luminaires in applications such as street lighting, area lighting, parking structures, security lighting, and even general lighting for interior spaces is viable today both economically and from an illumination performance standpoint.
8.How are LEDs able to outperform HID?
Super-bright white LEDs have the advantage of minimal lumen depreciation, better optical efficiency and high lumens per watt. LEDs also have a vastly longer life span than traditional lamp sources. The luminaire must be designed to leverage these inherent advantages of LEDs. A total systems approach is needed for an LED product to bring all these features together.
FASTER luminaires also have an environmental advantage in that they contain no mercury, are RoHS compliant, last longer and produce less waste. In fact, 20 to 25% (by weight) of the product is made using post-consumer recycled materials (aluminum castings and extrusions). Furthermore, 70% (by weight) of FASTER fixtures are readily recyclable. The remaining LED circuit boards, drivers, wires and connectors are all non-hazardous, mercury-free, and RoHS compliant.