Integrated LED lights: 6 pros & cons to consider

BY LUMSTOCK

Integrated LED lights fixtures, unlike traditional bulbs, are LED lighting fixtures with a built-in Led system in them, meaning with multiple internal circuit boards. 

They have been designed to be completely merge with the architecture and interior design of a certain space, being outdoors or indoors creating different moods and environment

Integrated LED lights Fixtures lifespan is as any other LED, more that 50,000 hours of use. Being used 12 hours a day they can last up to 11 years and if used 8 hours a day, they can last up to 17 years.

But as any other technology gadget, LED-Integrated Lighting Fixtures can have their pros and cons and we are here to narrow them down without any bias!

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Integrated LED lights, pros and cons

PRO: INTEGRATED LED LIGHTS FIXTURES HAS ACTUALLY, LONGER LIFESPAN THAN LED BULBS:

As we mention before, LED claims to have up to 50,000 hours of lifespan. And this is completely true, UNLESS, the electronic circuit, the LED’s, aren’t protected from heat.

Heat is the number one enemy of any electric circuit. LED’s, the diodes, necessary need to be kept heat away from them.

Old incandescent or halogen bulbs were design to function because of heat. Light comes from a burning filament. Heat was necessary.

And LED bulbs keeps the old design of incandescent or halogen ones so they won’t effectively dissipate heat away from the electronic circuits. On the contrary, they will overheat.

Every high quality Integrated LED lights will certainly have an optimal heat sink to keep away heat from diodes.

This means that any LED source of light with better heat dissipation will last what it truly should last and any other LED source of light without enough heat dissipation, will have a shorter lifespan.

PRO: INTEGRATED LED LIGHTS FIXTURES GIVE A HIGHER RANGE FOR LIGHTING DESIGN OPTIONS

Technology has allowed manufacturers to develop a wide range of LED bulbs designs with a very friendly light angle beams variety.

Also, Led bulbs nowadays comes in three different color temperatures.

But in reality these features in LED bulbs are very limited when you are creating different light sceneries and situations.

Integrated LED lights not only give a wide variety of light beam angles and real different color temperatures. They are certain studies of light that says that Led bulb color temperatures aren’t the real ones.

With unique designs of Integrated LED lights, effects are easily created exalting the architecture and elements of a space.

Integrated LED lights completely merge in the architecture and led light bulbs not so much. They will always be visible and anything else than just a punctual point of light.

Integrated LED lights Fixtures can be linear, circular, rounded, as thin as 3.5mm wide or as thick as a few cm wide.

Lighting Design options with Integrated LED lights Fixtures are as infinite as the designer wishes.

Integrated LED lights for design

PRO: COMPLETE CONTROL OVER LIGHT OUTPUT FOR DESIGNING PURPOSES

Lumens (lm) is the measure of a LED light output, meaning the amount of light visible to human eye from a lamp or light source.

(If you want to learn how to recognize the difference between lumens and luxes read this article)

Led bulbs light are contained in a punctual piece. This means that their lumens amount is very relative.

Is not the same i.e 2500 lumens coming from a Integrated LED lights Fixtures than coming out of a single light bulb (which anyway is unreal).

If you are using a linear system of LED-Integrated Lighting Fixtures, you’ll get 2500 lumens of a wash of light.

If you want to create a line of light with LED bulbs, it will be that, a line of light dots.

Inevitably, LED bulbs will always be cones of light. Integrated LED lights will be light coming out from the architecture.

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PRO: INTEGRATED LED LIGHTS WILL MINIMIZE INSTALLATION COSTS

When new constructions or remodeling projects are on a designing phase it’s an architect’s job to optimize electrical circuits costs.

There is a simple formula to calculate how many bulbs are needed in a certain space based of watts needs.

It’s an old formula created by incandescent bulbs manufacturers and it’s always about placing bulbs every 3-5ft.

It is still a common practice to use this same formula to design lighting of a space even though the light sources will be LED bulbs instead of halogen or incandescent.

And of course, using an old formula based on watts instead of calculating lumens will create errors of all types, including on budget.

The problem is that every point of incandescent or halogen light will need one electrical power point. Meaning, for each electrical power point: junction box, pipeline and cables. And this can cost at least 60$.

Instead, Integrated LED lights Fixtures can be place up to every 16ft of light with one single electrical power point.

Minimizing by 70% the number of electrical power points of a new construction or a remodeling project minimizes costs of construction, materials, manpower, working hours, cables, etc.

Now, let’s find out the LED-Integrated Lighting Fixtures Cons:

CON: INTEGRATED LED LIGHTS FIXTURES ARE RELATIVELY MORE EXPENSIVE.

This can’t be further away from truth.

A real professional Integrated LED lights of the highest quality available will be much more expensive than a single LED bulb.

But, remember what we said on the last pro: savings on installation are much higher. So, with clever choices and basic design knowledge, savings can be found.

Also, no matter if the Integrated LED lights are being more expensive, they are going to last so much longer, as we also said before, and changing pieces constantly through the years won’t be necessary, so it’s a huge money saver in long terms.

CON: INSTALLATION OF INTEGRATED LED LIGHTS IS DIFFICULT.

This is true, but depends on the point of view.

If you are looking to merge Integrated LED lights into the architecture, embed on drywalls or any other material construction will certainly need the hand of an expert of construction and/or electricity.

But, there are Integrated LED lights that come in a friendly design, that can be easily install and still be looking completely integrated.

You can find on YouTube videos of how to install Led strip lights and they equally will be considered Integrated LED lights

We have a wide selection of pre-design kits for home decoration that come with everything needed and are very easy to install.

Conclusion

As everything in life, there are positives and negatives equally, but as you can see there are so much pros when it comes to Integrated LED lights.

Integrated LED lights have so many positives at its favor that it shouldn’t be not even doubt if they should be use on new constructions, remodeling and for any space that want a luxury design and modern environment created thru light.

                                               

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