As lighting designers, we have chosen to base all of our designs with Integrated LED Lighting Fixtures. Also, as LED solutions lighting suppliers we have made the same decision, we only sell Integrated Led Lighting Fixtures.
The reason for both situations is the same and we will narrow it down is this article.
WHY IS PEOPLE USING LED?
LED has strongly taken the lighting market because LED technology has a lots of advantages:
- longer lifespan: A LED can reach up to 50,000 hours of use. 50 times longer than an incandescent bulb and 25 times longer than halogen.
- higher efficiency: you can find LED chips that claims up to 303 lm/m
- lots of savings on energy use: which is about 10% less than incandescent bulbs
- great variety when it comes to lumens, colors and color temperature
But we are usually receiving a common question from potential clients: “do you have any LED lamps so I can replace my old halogen bulbs?” and our answer is no.
Although you might think that LED is the same in all of it presentations, is not.
Do you know what is a LED lamp? Do you know what are integrated LED lighting fixtures? Keep Reading to understand our answer and why we only sell and work Integrated Led lighting fixtures.
WHAT IS A LED LAMP?
First of all let’s clarify the concept of LED: A Led is an electric light source made of Light emitting Diodes (LED’s).
A LED Lamp or bulb is an electric light for use IN lighting fixtures to produce light.
SO, WHAT ARE INTEGRATED LED LIGHTING FIXTURES?
Integrated LED lighting fixtures are complete lighting fixtures with the actual LED lamp built-in
They come on panels, strips, discs and others. What makes the difference with a LED lamp is that you won’t find a standard socket for a bulb because the fixture is the LED lamp itself.
WHAT ARE THE PROS AND CONS OF LED LAMPS VS. INTEGRATED LED LIGHTING FIXTURES:?
LED lamps can be very budget friendly and nowadays they come in many beam spread and color installations.
The main problem with LED lamps is that they can’t be installed everywhere. They have limitations.
While they are already in the market fully adaptors to change from old bulbs to LED lamps, they are still lots of sockets sizes that aren’t fully compatible with LED lamps.
They also have a limited lumen output to approximately 20W halogen equivalent, which means a huge design constraint and a completely deal breaker.
For many people the problem with LED lighting fixtures is that installation requires a basic level of knowledge. But, in reality it’s not that difficult.
Actually installation can be learn with a simple youtube video tutorial. That simple it is!
Another misconception about Integrated Led Lighting Fixtures is that people might think that they are more expensive. And they actually, by piece, can be more expensive. But at the end, they will cost much less on maintenance and electrical power points installation.
AND WHAT ABOUT LIGHTING DESIGN: WITH LED LAMPS OR INTEGRATED LIGHTING FIXTURES?
With Integrated LED lighting fixtures, design and creativity plays a very important role.
With Led lamps there aren’t many options to create emotions and sensations within a space.
Instead, with LED lighting fixtures, shadows, highlights, lowlights, light angles, focal points, colors and temperatures will do the entire job of the environment mood. Something that can be done only with integrated LED lighting fixtures.
Integrated led lighting fixtures will fully merge with the design, the architecture and the concept.
A Led lamp won’t give you a greater variety of angles and because of it limited output lumen, options to design are very poor.
The use of LED lamps will barely remain for punctual lighting. And for lighting without design a concept.
TO SUM UP......
LED LAMPS PROS
LED LAMPS CONS
Limitation on installation because of socket incompatibly
Many beam spread, colors and color temp
Limited lumen output
Only for punctual lighting
INTEGRATED LED LIGHTING FIXTURES PROS
INTEGRATED LED LIGHTING FIXTURES CONS
Huge possibilities for lighting design
Huge variety of light angles, lumens outputs, colors, color temperatures
Available for punctual lighting, ambience lighting, decorative, commercial lighting, industrial lighting, etc.
The Led technology has come to stay.
But you have to be very conscious and make smart decisions when it comes to choosing Led solutions.
LED lamps can be less expensive than integrated led lighting fixtures but they will give you much more less design options.
LED lamps are a simple quick solution for punctual lighting without a lot of lighting desing thinking and to replace old light bulbs in order to obtain long term savings on energy bills.
But if you are looking for a wow design, that create emotions and fully integrates with design and architectural concepts, then integrated led lighting fixtures are the led solutions you are looking for.