Replacing the Fluorescent Lamp with Linear LED Luminaires
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Design professionals are well aware that in the hierarchy of energy efficient lighting, LED systems are superior to compact fluorescent systems and are far superior to the incandescent lamp. They also know that LED technology will go a long way to help counteractour expanding carbon footprint. But they may not know that within the last year, many new linear LED luminaires have come on the market that now represent a viable alternative to the traditional linear fluorescent fixture.
According to the U.S. Department ofEnergy (DOE), which has adopted a comprehensive strategy to accelerate the LED market, LED lighting is expected to represent 36 percent of luminaire sales for the general illumination market by 2020, which translates into energy savings of 19 percent. The replacement of traditional fluorescent lighting with linear LED luminaires (the complete lighting unit rather than the lamp alone) will significantly contribute to those reductions.
1. Discuss the performance, energy efficiency and life cycle characteristics of LED lighting systems.
2. Identify the reasons whyLED systems require new testing procedures.
3. Summarize the sustainability programs and LED developments that are accelerating the introduction of new luminaire products.
4. Compare efficacy and other performance features of linear LED luminaires with linear fluorescent luminaires.
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