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"Why are our LED corn bulbs failing?"...or sometimes we hear:
"Our retrofit LED lights are not as bright as they used to be"...or even:
"Why are our LED corn-lamps dimmer / less-bright now?"We hear this a lot with high-power corn-light retrofits fitted in low-bay/highbay lights.
Many companies sell LED bulbs designed to replace the metal-halide or sodium (SON) lamps in industrial floodlights, high-bay and low-bay lighting.
We've never sold or installed LED industrial corn-bulbs as they haven't met our specs.
...but we've analysed a lot of LED retrofit corn-lamps in customers low-bay/high-bay lights in warehouses and industrial buildings.
Sometimes the lights have stopped working or are far less bright after 2-3 years.
LED corn bulbs need open-air to stay cool:LEDs are outside, hot electronics inside
Are your LED corn lamps retrofitted inside a low-bay / higbay light?
The heat builds up inside the body of the low-bay light or high-bay light. This can start to destroy the bulb's electronics and LEDs.
The LEDs can fail, change colour, or start dimming / reducing in brightness.
Did you know hot LEDs are not as bright as cool ones?
So overheating corn-lights might be less efficient than previous-generation metal-halide or SON (sodium) lightings.
What are the alternatives to retrofitting LED corn-bulbs?We don't sell corn-lamps as we need to promise our clients a very long life from their LED industrial lights, particularly in high areas where access to replace them is expensive.
LEDs and LED-drivers are the expensive part. It's usually false-economy to keep your existing light-bodies as the bodies are the cheapest bit.
This is how we make LED high-bay / lowbay lights instead:
Separate LED driver to keep heat away from the LEDs:
The LEDs are attached to multi-serrated metal cooling fins (‘heatsink’) to give the LEDs a
long bright life
Budget 'UFO' model (good alternative to LED corn-lamp at a similar price).
Retrofit corn-lamps are like old lights, they lose light by bouncing it around inside light-fittings:
Our LED high-bay/low-bay and floodlights mount the LEDs on the outside of the light.
So all the light comes out where you need it for maximum efficiency (lux-level at the ground per watt of power you spend):
Written by Stephen Begg, industrial lighting project-designer.
Ring Stephen on 07594 336618 (UK mobile) if you'd like to talk about options for your lights.
Stephen Begg B.A.Hons Industrial Design
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1 Arrange for us to survey your building
2 We will provide proposals with costs and paybacks
3 In many counties we can help you access grants
4 We can fit your new lights in most parts of the UK
Contact us on 0845 224 2254 to arrange a discussion about your site, your goals and your energy-uses.
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