The world of electronics has been changing quite a bit over the last few years. One of the most prevalent changes to have made its way down the pipeline has been the rise of LED assemblies. LED assemblies have come into the fray where once there were all manner of small incandescent bulbs that were difficult to keep on hand & proved to be expensive to continually replace.
Every type of electronic good one can imagine, on the consumer end of things or in the commercial/industrial sectors, has adopted LEDs as the premier way to keep things brighter for longer. But as ubiquitous as LEDs have become in the last decade or so, there still seem to be some misconceptions or ill-informed views about them.
In general, LED assemblies can:
Provide Greater Efficiency: Per some sources, LEDs can be 5-6 times more efficient than incandescent counterparts. They also have a longer lifespan.
Lower Operating Costs: Using less energy and needing to replace LEDs less means saving quite a bit on energy costs as a whole. Even if there is a bit of an upfront cost to LED as compared with traditional lighting options, the savings more than make-up for it in a short amount of time.
It should be noted that critics of LED assemblies in commercial/industrial settings are particularly taken by what can be perceived as a sensitivity of LEDs as a whole. What’s more, as LED assemblies become more commonplace, there is an evolution of industry standards that is more stringent than before. While each of these critiques has does bear consideration, there is a need for context. While LEDs & their assemblies can showcase some fragility to construct & integrate, any & all internal electronic components pose similar risks. And with respect to an evolution of operating standards, stringent is not the correct term. Higher standards in the construction of LED assemblies are indicative of the high standards that should be met, or exceeded, in all facets of commercial/industrial operations.
As seemingly miraculous as the technology behind LEDs is, they do tend to have one area in which they are truly pushed to their limit — thermal management. Heat dissipation is a major concern when working with LEDs. While they prove to have tremendous energy efficiency that saves money, they can still put off a lot of heat. Attention in designing optimal LED assemblies starts with things like spacing & arrangement of LEDs on PCBs, type of LED module, and heat sink consideration.
Probably the most surprising thing about LED assemblies is they can vary quite a bit from each other. Everything from size to whether the end user is trying to determine indication vs illumination make each LED assembly, by default, a ‘custom’ item. That said, there are instances when thorough customization is required. It’s here that it becomes crucial to work with an electronics supplier who knows their way around the technology. The ideal partner will have a design/engineering team that can bring 2D renderings & specifications to life, all while being mindful of your operating budget & possible shifts in technology in the future.
LED assemblies from Chicago are more than just midwestern lighting solutions. LoDan Electronics, Inc. has been a go-to name in LED applications for years for one reason — excellence. Contact them today to see how they can take your operation to new heights.