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A Professional Guide to Maintaining LED Lights the Right Way

Maintenance of lighting fixtures may include cleaning luminaires, replacing defective parts, and even re-positioning of luminaires.

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LED lights are also low on maintenance, meaning they require little tinkering and are replaced over a longer time.
LED luminaires are the choice of most professional lighting designers and professionals who extensively work with lighting systems. Pixabay
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LED lights are one of the most significant innovations in the lighting industry. Not only have they revolutionised the lighting industry but have also paved way towards innumerable applications including IoT, Li-Fi and Smart Lighting. These semiconducting diodes are highly energy-efficient, environmentally friendly, and long-lasting. In addition to these advantages, LED lights are also low on maintenance, meaning they require little tinkering and are replaced over a longer time.

LED lights are also low on maintenance, meaning they require little tinkering and are replaced over a longer time.
LED lights are also low on maintenance, meaning they require little tinkering and are replaced over a longer time.

 

LED luminaires are the choice of most professional lighting designers and professionals who extensively work with lighting systems. Professionals should maintain responsible lighting design to preserve fixtures and sustain the lighting goal for longer. Maintenance of lighting fixtures may include cleaning luminaires, replacing defective parts, and even re-positioning of luminaires.

Here is a professional guide to maintaining LED lights the right way

  1. Read User Manual Before Use

Discarding the user manual is a common practice adopted by many for numerous products. However, in case of LED lights, user manual becomes an essential piece of information that can tell the users about specific warnings and limitations of the LED lights. Furthermore, user manual also contains information on how to install and disassemble the fixture. This piece of booklet also has information telling users about the practices they should follow and the ones they should avoid when using LED lights.

  1. Maintaining Adequate Temperature and Humidity

LED lights are highly durable and can bear extreme changes in temperature and humidity without failing. However, this is true only in the case of LED lights that have a superior construction. For instance, Wipro Lighting, one of the most technologically advanced LED lights manufacturers have products that can withstand extremely high changes in temperature while also boasting of an IP 66 construction for their fixtures. This prevents the internal electrical components from getting damaged which usually happens in case of inferior LED products.

  1. Periodical Cleaning

Even though LED lights require less maintenance which contributes to reduced costs, it is advisable to clean them periodically. The fixtures must be cleaned as mentioned in the user manual to avoid any electrical shortages. Furthermore, cleaning the fixtures not only helps in removing the dust and debris but also from potential electrical shortages caused by them.

LED luminaires are the choice of most professional lighting designers and professionals who extensively work with lighting systems.
Discarding the user manual is a common practice adopted by many for numerous products. However, in case of LED lights, user manual becomes an essential piece of information. Pixabay
  1. Performing Inspections

One of the most significant advantages of LED lights is that they can be paired with an entire networking system. IoT or Internet of Things enables LED lights to be controlled and monitored over a network. A facility manager can use this system to perform inspections including checking for lumen depreciation. Maintaining LED lights is essential, especially in a commercial environment. These inspections can help in figuring out any changes in colour temperatures, a pronounced colour shift, and if there is a degradation in lighting output.

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  1. Choosing the right LED fixtures

Selecting the appropriate LED lights is the first step towards maintaining them. Investing in quality LED lights can minimise their maintenance cost while making them last longer. Before choosing the LED lights, it is important to know specific factors including the required colour temperature, colour rendering index, lumen output and applications of a particular light fixture. Moreover, choosing LED luminaires with better thermal management system will further bring down the maintenance cost as improved management will increase the longevity of LED drivers.

There is no doubt that LED lights are much more durable than any other lighting system. However, even though they are advertised as being maintenance free, it is always a good idea to carry out periodic maintenance for increasing their longevity further. Remember, the overall longevity of LED lights is rated at 50,000 hours; however, this is inclusive of all components that make up a lighting fixture. So, it is essential to keep the factors mentioned above in mind.

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Tags that can Turn Everyday Objects into ‘Smart’ Devices

The tags can also be fashioned into thin keypads or smart home control panels that can be used to remotely operate WiFi-connected speakers, smart lights and other IoT appliances

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Printable tags can convert plain objects into 'smart' devices. Pixabay

Researchers have developed printable metal tags that can be attached to everyday objects and turn them into ‘smart’ Internet of Things (IoT) devices by reflecting WiFi signals.

The metal tags named “LiveTag”, made from patterns of copper foil printed onto thin, flexible, paper-like substrates, are designed to only reflect specific signals within in the WiFi frequency range.

“Our vision is to expand the IoT to go beyond just connecting smartphones, smartwatches and other high-end devices,” said senior author Xinyu Zhang, Professor at the University of California San Diego.

“We’re developing low-cost, battery-free, chipless, printable sensors that can include everyday objects as part of the IoT,” Zhang added.

The tags can be tacked onto plain objects that people touch and interact with every day, like water bottles, walls or doors. These plain objects then essentially become smart, connected devices that can signal a WiFi device whenever a user interacts with them.

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The team envisions using “LiveTag” technology to track human interaction with everyday objects. Pixabay

The tags can also be fashioned into thin keypads or smart home control panels that can be used to remotely operate WiFi-connected speakers, smart lights and other IoT appliances.

As a proof of concept, the team used “LiveTag” to create a paper-thin music player controller complete with a play/pause button, next track button and sliding bar for tuning volume.

The buttons and sliding bar each consist of at least one metal tag so touching any of them sends signals to a WiFi device, suggests the study presented at the recent USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation Conference.

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The researchers also adapted “LiveTag” as a hydration monitor and attached it to a plastic water bottle and showed that it could be used to track a user’s water intake by monitoring the water level in the bottle.

On a broader scope, the team envisions using “LiveTag” technology to track human interaction with everyday objects. For example, “LiveTag” could potentially be used as an inexpensive way to assess the recovery of patients who have suffered from stroke. (IANS)