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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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Google Home: Your best friend who instantly heeds commands

At this price point, Google Home is a good choice as it saves time while performing some key daily tasks for you

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Google Home.

“OK Google, wake me up at 8 a.m. and book an appointment with the hair stylist at 10 a.m.,” went the instruction to Google Home — the voice-activated speaker powered by Google Assistant.

“Sure, your alarm is set for 8 a.m. and the appointment has been fixed for 10 a.m.,” came the instant reply from Google Assistant — the new lady in my home who, according to senior company executives, has received over 4.5 lakh marriage proposals from India.

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Following the launch of “Amazon Echo” smart speaker in India last year, Google has now brought its “Home” speaker range to the country. Google Home and Home Mini speakers — priced at Rs 9,999 and Rs 4,499, respectively — can help people with their commute, play their favourite songs and videos, plan their daily schedule and lots more.

Let’s see how Google Home fares in the Indian context.

The speaker is capable of understanding the thick Indian accent thanks to two microphones on either side of the LED lights that light up when the device recognises the opening “OK Google” voice command. The two microphones utilise the neural beam forming technique to enable accurate voice recognition. The curves of the device resemble a wine glass. The lower part holds the speakers and the upper part is the main body with the touch-sensitive top.

When the volume is increased or decreased, the device responds with the shimmering ivory-coloured light ring.

Google has trained the Assistant in English and has promised Hindi support later this year.”Play ‘Firestone’ by KYGO,” went another voice command and lo! the device checked the Google Play music subscription — the company is giving six-month free Google Play music subscription when you buy the device — and instantly played the song.

The device also works with music streaming platforms like Saavn and Gaana. The music output was good for a medium-sized room. “OK, Google, play Arijit Singh songs.” She returned with the hit number “Enna sona kyun rab ne banaya”.

If you want to chat or listen to her in an another room, pair another Home device or a Bluetooth speaker with Chromecast support. Another option is to attach a Chromecast Audio device to a speaker. Google Assistant told us the correct score of Delhi Daredevils while it chased the Mumbai Indians’ total in one of the IPL matches.

However, to a question on happenings in Syria, she played a 30-second news bulletin from BBC News. Google has simulated hundreds of thousands of noisy environments and applied Machine Learning (ML) to recognise patterns that allow it to filter and separate speech from noise. Google Assistant understands several languages and can translates sentences into Spanish, French and more.

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Not only multimedia, Google Home can also control smart devices such as connected Internet of Things (IoT) device “Philips Hue” in your drawing room. We set up Google Home to control a light bulb which was connected via “Philips Hue”. We asked the device to dim, turn off and turn on the light and got the desired results.

What didn’t work?

While playing music, Google Home at times did not receive the command in one go. We had to raise our voice twice or sometimes thrice to get the command through the noisy environment. One important takeaway: Never keep your Google Assistant-enabled smartphone near Home device as the voice command does wake up Assistant in the smartphone too and could ruin the whole experience.

Conclusion: At this price point, Google Home is a good choice as it saves time while performing some key daily tasks for you. It is not the replacement of your better half yet, but does help you with daily chores. Take it home. IANS