Three Reasons Why Most LED Lighting Solutions Fail in High-Temperature Environments
When you think of a high-temperature environment, what comes to mind? The sun? A furnace? A weekend in Las Vegas? If you work in the industrial sector, you’re probably familiar with high-temperature environments. From power plants to manufacturing facilities, these environments require quality, durable lighting solutions to support workplace safety.
To identify the proper options for your application, you first need to understand why most LED lights fail in high-temperature environments. Here are three reasons you should be aware of to support you in researching and choosing the right solutions for your business.
Improper Heat Ventilation
Poor ventilation can make it difficult for heat to escape from the luminaire’s body, ultimately causing the products to fail.
DuraBrite is the preferred provider of high-performance, durable lighting solutions in a variety of sectors. The common denominator? Every DuraBrite product is used in applications where safety and functionality are essential. Each design undergoes hundreds of hours of military-grade qualification testing for extreme situations in places like high-temperature environments.
Strain on Diodes and Drivers
High-temperature environments shorten the lifespan of LED lighting products because of the strain on diodes and drivers. Higher ambient temperatures mean higher junction temperatures, rapidly increasing the degradation rate of the LED junction element. This irreversibly decreases lumen output over time.
When products are designed with control circuitry and the power conversion and delivery section housed above the lighting section, rising heat can quickly damage electronics. While much of the market takes this path, DuraBrite knows its products must suit the most demanding of environments.
All DuraBrite products include electronics below the decal, minimizing or even eliminating the influence of heat from the LED on the control circuitry, maximizing design margin.
Physical Damage to Component Parts
Overheating often results in physical damage to other components of LED products—like plastic lenses, wires, connectors, printed circuit boards, and driver electronics.
By minimizing power losses of individual components, DuraBrite provides solutions with a high design margin — utilizing only highly-rated parts to avoid product failures that come when ambient and component temperatures exceed rated continuous operating temperatures, leading to premature failures.
Choose Your Lighting Wisely
Just like humans, lights are sensitive to heat. Extreme temperatures impact the way they function, so selecting the right lighting is critical to your company’s success and workplace safety initiatives. Contact us to learn how we can support your next project.