LED bulbs & specs help

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by Mike M, Dec 8, 2012.

  1. starry night

    starry night LawnSite Silver Member
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  2. Mike M

    Mike M LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Thanks, Phil, I checked your thread.

    Research on LED's and drivers is much more complicated than halogens.

    Mike
     
  3. Mike M

    Mike M LawnSite Bronze Member
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    So, back to my question, which manu's are considered to be the "key" leaders of LED products for outdoor applications?
     
  4. starry night

    starry night LawnSite Silver Member
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    Without getting involved in the argument of what constitutes a "manufacturer":

    Trying to speak for the consensus from earlier discussions on this forum, here are the leading "providers":
    Illumicare and Brilliance for retrofits;
    maybe Unique, too, although I have only noticed their slick advertising but haven't heard any feedback from anyone using their LEDs.

    Cast and Kichler for integrated LED fixtures.
     
  5. Mike M

    Mike M LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Thank you, Phil!

    What about Toshiba, Ushio, Philips, etc., for MR-16 retro's?

    I'm searching the internet for reviews but this is not as easy as it sounds.

    I went with Toshiba's for a job last year and they look very good.
     
  6. INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting

    INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Mike, you have to ensure that LED lamps used in landscape lighting applications carry two very important designations. 1: Suitable for use in damp/moist environments (in that they are moisture proof) 2: Suitable for use in enclosed fixtures. These are rare indeed. It means the lamps have been designed and built with advanced thermal properties that will allow the components to operate below their max temperature limits even when sealed inside a fixture.

    The manufacturers of LED lamps you named all make decent to very good products, but if you are planning to use them in a landscape lighting application you will be disappointed. Better to stick with LED lamps that have been designed specifically for our industry.
     

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