LED vs. Induction Lighting
Our expert, Randall Whitehead, IALD, explains how induction lighting works differently.
What is the difference between Induction and LED Lighting?
Is this a pop quiz? What do I win if I get the answers right? Okay, for the new car my answer is: An induction lamp is a light source in which the power required to generate light is transferred from the outside of the lamp envelope by means of electromagnetic fields. A typical incandescent lamps or fluorescent lamps use electrical connections through the lamp envelope to transfer power to a filament or phosphors. An LED uses energized diodes to create light. Induction lamps have a high lumen output and were developed for the most part to replace high-intensity discharge (HID) lamps, such as mercury vapor, metal halide and high- and low-pressure sodium. Induction lamps are “instant-on,” whereas HID lamps take two to eight minutes to come up to full brightness. I foresee that high-lumen-output LEDs are gearing up to replace HID lamps and may take over the lead from induction lamps in commercial and public space applications. Their uni-directional way of projecting light lend themselves nicely to roadway, parking lot and warehouse lighting applications. Induction lamps do have mercury in them, but it is in a solid form and can be easily recovered if the lamp is broken or when recycled.
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Randall Whitehead, IALD

Randall Whitehead, IALD, is a professional lighting designer and author. His books include "Residential Lighting, A Practical Guide." Whitehead has worked on projects worldwide, appeared on the Discovery Channel, HGTV and CNN, and he is regular guest on Martha Stewart Living Radio. Visit his website www.randallwhitehead.com for more information on books, upcoming seminars and the latest lighting trends.

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