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The Myths And Realities Of LED Wall Packs

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You have a beautiful house, you have a beautiful entrance to your house, but what good this beauty is if after dark it is invisible to the eye. You have a godown or warehouse but the outdoor walls are poorly lit, doesn't this dampen the experience of you and your employees? 

These problems can arise in our everyday life but where there is a problem, there also exists a solution. No, normal metal halide fixtures are not the solution we are talking about. 

Specially designed for these above-mentioned uses, LED Wall Packs offer unmatched lighting and for your indoor and outdoor spaces. 

Harnessing the power of LED technology, LED Wall packs consume a fraction of energy in comparison to conventional fluorescent and incandescent lighting options. 

Through this blog post, let's have a deep dive into the world of LED Wall Packs and have a look at what they are all about.

What do LED Wall Packs replace

LEDs are the fourth generation of lighting technology. So naturally, wall packs came in technology other than LEDs before the advent of this technology.   

Here are the products that LED in the wall packs have replaced over the years

  • HPS Lamps: For a fair amount of time, HPS Lamps or High Pressure Lamps were the most commonly found technology for wall packs. HPS lamps replaced their younger brother LPS lamps (Low Pressure Lamps). These, in spite of having good efficiency and smaller size, were riddled with disadvantages which were hard to ignore. 

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    CRI or color rendering index is a scale for a lighting instrument that determines how accurate the color of an object is when rendered under a particular light. The CRI is always in comparison to daylight. The CRI of HPS bulbs is slightly higher than 25. This almost feels comical when we look at the CRI offered by LED lamps, which is more than 80 in most cases. 

  • HID metal-halides: A type of High-Intensity Discharge light, metal halides used to be the behemoth prior to the introduction of LEDs. 

  • The major disadvantage of metal halide fixtures is the time it takes to warm up. A high power MH fixture takes around a whopping 15-20 minutes before it reaches its maximum temperature needed to produce a high-intensity light.

    Wall packs laced with a metal halide fixture sure are bright, but the power consumption is such that it could burn a hole through the richest pockets consuming 75% more electricity than LEDs. 

    Metal halide fixtures are also highly inefficient. During one lifetime of an LED bulb, you would have to replace somewhere around 3-5 metal halide fixtures.

  • Halogen Lamps: Also known as a quartz-halogen or tungsten-halogen lamp, these lamps are a form of incandescent bulbs.

  • The major drawback of this type of lighting apparatus is the fact that it becomes extremely hot after a slight time of operation. This can cause severe injury if touched. The sensitivity of the bulb to oil is such that even with the touch of a hand, the oil left behind can cause the bulb to rupture.  

    Halogen lamps are even more inefficient than metal halide and HPS lamps making them the least preferred choice for the wall packs. 

    The conventional age of lighting technology has seen a lot of power-guzzling inefficient lighting options and has been through a lot of changes before reaching the stable stage of LEDs. 

    LEDs have so many advantages over the conventional soon-to-be-redundant technology that encompassing those in a sentence or two is not possible. 

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    Why people are obsessing over LED technology?

    Light-emitting diodes, however small, represent the changing face of the lighting technology. The latest and the most advanced to date, these tiny dots of light are soon becoming the new normal amongst users around the world. 

    Efficient, eco-friendly and safe to handle, this next generation of lighting technology is bringing a revolution in the world of indoor and outdoor lighting. 

    Here are some of the reasons why LEDs are the master of lighting

  • High efficiency: Converting almost 95% energy into light, LEDs are the most efficient of all the lighting options. This means that the power consumption by an LED is a fraction of what it used to cost with conventional options. 

  • A 300W LED produces the same amount of light as would a metal halide fixture of 1000W. This means that you pay significantly less on your electricity bills. 

    Also because wall packs operate for long durations, this efficiency multiplies manifold due to economies of scale. 

    • Eco-friendly: Because of this low power consumption, LEDs are good for the planet. Low power consumption essentially translates into less pressure on the power grids. This results in less emission of greenhouse gases. 

    Further, LEDs don't contain toxic substances like their older brother of lightings. Some conventional lighting apparatus contained mercury while. Fluorescent lamps contain Argon gas which is harmful to humans if inhaled. 

  • Reveals true colors: LEDs have a very high color rendering index usually more then 80. This means that if daylight shows colors to their 100% accuracy, LEDs will have this accuracy to 80% or more. 

  • This essentially means that colors viewed under these lights will be more accurate than their conventional counterparts. 

  • Long-lasting: Conventional lighting such as metal halide is tested for merely 1500 hours. This translates into a lifespan of 15000 hours. On the other hand, being a champion of longevity, LEDs are marathon runners when compared to other lighting technologies. 

  • LEDs are tested for 50000 hours and have a lifespan of the same duration. This makes LEDs a preferred choice for businessmen and homeowners alike.

    • Generates less heat: Because almost all the electricity fed into an LED lamp is converted into light, the amount of heat generated by an LED lights is way lesser than conventional lighting. 

    Metal halide fixtures only convert a meager amount of 5-10% electricity i9nto light which means that the rest 90-95% of the electricity consumed is converted into heat. This makes them not only highly inefficient but also harmful to accidental touches. 

    Now that you know what are the other options instead of LED wall packs, and why you should choose this new technology, we will now have a look at how many types of Wall Packs are there. 

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    Various types of LED Wall Packs

    Wall packs have a versatile use case because of which these come with different specifications and features. Various kinds of wall packs that are available are discussed below. 

  • Mini Wall Pack: Mini Wall Packs come in three different wattages: 13W, 20W, 26W. The brightness of these wall packs ranges from 2000-3000 lumens. 

  • These LED wall packs also come with a photocell which allows the light to be activated automatically by sensing the presence of light. 

    These wall packs have a beam angle of 110 degrees which lets the light to illuminate a wider area. 

    The color rendering index of these wall packs is more than 80 and the ingress protection rating is 65`ewhich ensures that the wall pack is dust and moisture-proof, also is resistance to a small amount of water. 

  • Forward Throw: This kind of wall packs are omnidirectional lighting equipment which as the name suggests, throw light in the forward direction. This kind of wall packs come in three different wattage options which are 20W, 80W and 120W. 

  • The luminosity for the 20W wall pack is 2165 lumens, for 80W it is 10,000 lumens and for 120W the luminosity is 15,000 lumens. 

    These wall packs have a beam angle of 120 degrees making sure that a wide area is lit up by these LED lights. 

    The IP rating for these LED wall packs is IP64 which ensure a hassle-free operation even in a dust and moisture-laden environment. 

  • Full Cut-Off: These kinds of wall packs are similar to forward throw wall packs with a distinct difference of having a bezel-less frame which ensures that the light is thrown in every direction without the intrusion from a border. Rest of the specification of these wall packs are the same as above. 

  • Semi Cut-Off: A semi cut off Wall Pack is same as a full cut off but instead of no border, this one has a thin border ensuring that the beam angle is 155x95 degree (Type III lighting distribution) which illuminates a much broader and wider area than other lights. The rest of the specifications of this kind of lights are similar to other LED wall packs.
  • Rotatable: These wall packs come in two types, one being a single bar which is a 40W having a single strip that can be rotated to point in any direction. 

  • The other being an 80W wall pack with two rotatable strips that can point in any desired direction as per the requirement. 

    The wall packs are a very unique product serving equally unique purposes. The use case of these products is rich and thus these LED Wall packs find their utility in a variety of situations. Being energy-efficient and eco-friendly, these lights are not just suitable for the pocket, but also for the environment.

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