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IES

Illuminating Engineering Society

The Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) is the regulatory body that determines ideal lighting standards for various applications. Infinitum Energy is proud to be a member of this society, striving to offer best-in-class solutions while meeting or exceeding IES standards.

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Helpful Resources

Disclaimer: The IES requires a paid membership to access some of their content. For your convenience, we’ve collected the best of their free content available on their website or through other distribution channels.

100 Significant Papers

A comprehensive collection of papers written about developments in lighting. Articles date as far back as 1906.

Forces of Change Podcast

Podcast expanding on the elements shaping the lighting community. Can be found on the IES website.

LD+A Magazine

A monthly publication exploring current trends and the future of LED lighting. Free articles are posted on their site every month.

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DesignLights Consortium

The DesignLights Consortium (DLC) is a lighting-specific certification board. They perform extensive testing on thousands of LED fixtures to determine the performance of each light. Those that meet their criteria bear their seal and are placed on their Qualified Products List (QPL). To search the DLC QPL, click the button below.

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LEDS Magazine

LEDs Magazine is the best option for LED industry news. They report on lighting research, company acquisitions, new product releases, and many more topics surrounding LED lighting. All their reporting is performed at a consistently high level, which makes their site a perfect place to explore the LED lighting industry a little more.

FAQ

The Frequently Asked Questions

What is an LED?

An LED is a semiconductor light source that converts electrical energy directly into light. They can be arranged into different fixtures to easily fit into an electrical circuit.

Unlike incandescent bulbs, LEDs don’t have a filament that will burn out. Because they barely create any heat at the light beam, LEDs are always touchable. They’re illuminated solely by the movement of electrons within the semiconductor and can last up to 100,000 hours.

Why are LEDs superior to other lighting technologies?

For starters, LEDs consume far less power than conventional lighting technologies. They use much less energy, don’t need a filament or a gas to generate light. And finally, they’re completely recyclable, containing no harmful chemicals or vapours to create light like a fluorescent bulb or high-intensity discharge (HID) lights like metal halides.

What are some things to consider when buying LED lights?

An LED lamp is only as strong as its components. Though the LED chip itself can theoretically over 100,000 hours, it won’t work if the lamp’s power supply (driver) dies. The driver is necessary to convert AC power into the low-voltage DC power that an LED needs to run. 

Another big thing to consider is heat dissipation.  As solid-state technology, heat is the number one enemy of LED chips. Buying an LED lamp without an effective heat sink can prematurely burn the chips out.

What is an LED driver?

Similar to how a ballast works with fluorescent and HID lamps, an LED driver supplies the power to the lamp. It helps convert incoming main voltage (120V) AC power to the necessary low-voltage DC power required for LED lamps. The driver protects the lamp from line voltage fluctuations.

Why is it so important to have good a heat sink on your LED lamps?

The heat management of an LED lamp is critical to its efficacy and longevity. When an LED chip produces light, some of that electricity produces heat as well. The job of the heat sink is to move that heat away from the LED chip in order to ensure that it does not run at a high temperature. Without having an efficient heat management system and heat sinking in place, there can be many negative effects on the lamp’s characteristics, including:

  • A decrease in forward-voltage, which could strain other LED components causing them to increase their temperature.
  • The optical wavelength can shift, which can consequently cause coloured lamps to appear in different colours.
  • An overall loss of light output
Do LEDs have any environmental benefits?

LED lights are likely the most environmentally friendly lighting options available. They use between 50% and 90% less energy, contain no mercury, last much longer and are made from fully recyclable materials. For example, the extruded aluminum heat sink used in LED downlights and spotlights are manufactured using 80% post-industrial recycled material.

Because they last longer than the other lighting sources, LEDs don’t need to be replaced often. This reduces the impact of manufacturing, packaging and shipping. They also are designed to provide more than a decade of near maintenance-free service. Less servicing also reduces environmental impact.

Why buy from Infinitum Energy instead of a big box store or electrical distributor?

The answer is quite simple. Infinitum Energy specializes in LED light technology. In an ever-changing industry, you want somebody who’s going to stay ahead of all the trends in the business. That level of knowledge typically isn’t there when buying from larger stores. They are also limited to the brands they carry.

We also have a five to 10-year warranty on all of our products, so you can easily get an issue resolved if something goes wrong with your lights.

How long do LEDs last?

We typically expect an LED lamp to last up to 60,000 hours at 70% of its light output. An LED chip may not necessarily die after that point; it will just put out less light than before.

As we noted above, the components making up your LED lamp can have a drastic impact on an LED’s lifespan, so make sure you’re getting a light with proper 3rd party testing.

Can LEDs be used with dimmers?

Usually, yes. Many LEDs are specifically listed as being dimmable. Some dimming systems work with LEDs better than others, so it’s best to test one or two before completely re-lamping a space.

Why is an LED better than a CFL Lamp?

Although CFL lamps have made progress over the years, they still contain mercury. This is a highly toxic substance, and therefore needs to be properly disposed of. CFL lamps are also sensitive to low temperatures and humidity and on/off cycling may significantly reduce the life span of the bulb. Most of the energy emitted from CFL lamps is converted to heat instead of light, which significantly decreases their efficiency rate.

LED lamps contain no mercury, emit no damaging UV rays and are approximately 50% more efficient than CFL lamps. They are instant-on lights, and good quality luminaries will dim without any flicker.

Do LEDs emit UV or infrared radiations?

No, LED lamps provide cool light that is free from any harmful UV and infrared emissions. The lack of these emissions means that there is no discoloration of items under this light.

Are there any benefits or tax credits to install LEDs?

In many cases, yes. In order to find out if you are eligible for a rebate or other incentive programs, you can contact one of our representatives at +1-519-585-1533.

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