Invented by Nikola Tesla, the Induction lamp is a gas discharge lamp that generated light through a magnetic field using high frequency generated by an electronic ballast. Since it does not have electrodes or filaments – items that frequently cause other bulbs to burn out quickly – Induction lamps have an extended rated life (100,000 hours!), among other benefits. To add a little perspective, an Induction lamp running at 12 hours a day will run for 8,333 days – or over 22 years!
Suitable for most commercial applications, Induction lighting has a proven record in:
- Energy Reduction
- Maintenance Free Operation
- Long lifespan
“Experience with using induction lighting at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, New Mexico, has demonstrated the long life in actual usage. WIPP’s first induction lighting system was installed in 1998, replacing high-pressure sodium (HPS) lights. More than 10 years later, all but three of the original 36 induction units are still operating after more than 88,000 hours of continuous, 24/7 operation. Additional systems were installed in 2002 and succeeding years, both indoors and outside, with excellent results.”
– The U.S. Department of Energy, source here
Advantages of Induction Lighting
Energy savings can extremely impact operation costs. Savings can be delivered through the installation of new efficient Induction Lamp technologies which consume only 50% +/- of what the conventional lighting system consumes. All existing lamps and ﬁxtures should be considered for replacement, retroﬁt or upgrade to maximize energy savings.
Durable Induction Lamps last 5 to 10 times longer than conventional light sources and exceed 100,000 hours of rated lifetime (that is over 22 years of 12 hours of ignition per day). Thus the relamping costs can be cut it to a fraction of what is currently being spent on maintenance costs or virtually eliminated. Those costs also apply to purchasing administration, logistics, warehousing, disposal etc.
The cost occurring during temporary suspension of operation because of lighting system maintenance will not be simple to calculate. The over head costs related with maintenance include costs of salary, training, logistics and insurance could be calculable. Other costs if you are currently contracting out the maintenance include the cost of changing out ballasts and lamps when needed, especially in those hard to reach locations. However, the total maintenance costs will often exceed energy savings. Induction Lamps can help users minimize maintenance costs in terms of its longer lifetime.
Less heat generating from Induction Lamps can reduce a lot of cost including lighting ﬁxture maintenance costs and HVAC operation costs from ambient inefficient heat loss.
Good color rendering index (CRI) is crucial to visibility, safety and comfort. Induction Lamps having a natural color of light can illuminate much better than most conventional light sources. Because light color can greatly change appearance, aesthetics and attractive qualities color options should be an important factor when considering and evaluating light quality.
Induction Lamps have good performance of instant re-strike without warming up which will ensure that there isn’t any additional utility costs from temporary suspensions of power supply. This all will ensure safety and security for those applications where instant re-strike is required.
Induction Lamps can be ignited even under much colder circumstances with temperatures lowering to -40° C/-20° F, thus being a preferable light source for cold storages and outdoor lighting applications in cold areas.
Flicker and Glare
Without ﬂicker and glare Induction Lamps can dramatically improve productivity, readability, eyesight and headaches when comparing with conventional light sources including HID and Fluorescent Lamps that generate much ﬂicker.
With a very quiet and silent design Induction Lamps can make users comfortable without a humming or buzzing.
In terms of higher energy efficiency Induction Lamps can be adapted to promote energy saving policies and utilize the many Utility Saving Rebate Programs that are available.
Electrode-less design of Induction Lamps can completely avoid the damage of delicate components such as ﬁlaments or electrodes that are the primary causes of lamp failure in conventional light sources including HID, Halogen, Incandescent and Fluorescent lamps. Replacement for induction Lamps is therefore not required at all after vibration, accidental collision or weather storms and long time of ignition as well.
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