At Traxon, our environmental principles have become an integral part of our company values. LED lighting is gaining momentum for many reasons, and the major reason among them is energy efficiency. The opportunities to replace conventional light sources with LED lighting for general illumination are growing, fueled in part by the continued advancements in LEDs and the global need for energy-efficient lighting alternatives. Matching the cost of conventional lighting is a further critical element for replacement. The true measure of cost goes beyond just the initial cost of the lighting system and incorporates lifetime and operational costs. Despite the fact that initial costs of LED bulbs are higher than the cost of incandescent or halogen lightings, the long term savings certainly pay off and contribute to the ecology. Intelligent LED lighting systems are intersecting the cost of light of incandescent and halogen sources and are rapidly approaching the economic cross over point for fluorescent sources.
CARING FOR A GREEN ENVIRONEMENT
At Traxon, environmental protection is a top priority. Our comprehensive environmental approach focuses on environmentally conscious, innovative and creative solutions in all areas of the company, from product engineering to recycling. This includes the development of energy-saving products, research and selection of environmentally friendly materials, waste reduction, more efficient packaging, and energy saving measures in all product processes. Traxon also actively works to dispose of electrical and electronic equipment in accordance with EU WEEE guidelines and all products comply with the RoHS directive, which restricts the use of hazardous materials in the manufacture of electronic and electrical equipment.
Green lighting means environmental friendly and sustainable lighting solutions, not only for daily usage but also for elaborate lighting concepts. Traxon aims for an ecologically oriented development of LED technology, enhancing general efficiency and longevity: the longer lamp lives, the less waste for our environment.
In order to consistently achieve our objectives for environmental protection, our plants are certified according to the ISO 14001, ISO 9001 and TS 16949 for continuous improvement processes.
Nowadays LED lighting becomes more and more the focus of attention. Despite higher production and purchase costs, the high durability of LEDs, their long lifetime and easy disposal (no mercury pollution) render them highly efficient and an energy-saving alternative for all kinds of lighting.
Regular incandescent light bulbs are very inefficient; up to 95% of the energy consumed by an incandescent light bulb produces heat, not light. More efficient are compact fluorescent light bulbs which use up to 75% less energy per bulb. However, LED light bulbs use up to 90% less energy than, far less than any other light source, and therewith contribute considerably to energy conservation.
The efficacy of LED sources, measured in lumens per watt, is overtaking that of incandescent and halogen sources. LEDs stand out through their low energy consumption: they typically use 10-20% of the energy that a normal incandescent light uses. Their extreme longevity which can last up to 50,000 hours ensures less maintenance cost for light installations, less usage of bulbs and therewith also less waste for the environment. Thus state-of-the-art LED lighting systems support energy conservation and cut significantly maintenance costs. For example, the initial costs of an incandescent source may only be fifty cents; however, its energy consumption will easily cost more than ten times over its relatively short life. When a new source must be purchased, the cycle begins anew.
In times of growing environmental awareness, the ecological consciousness of LEDs (no usage of mercury) directly meets the demands of today’s society. The absence of heat emission and UV-radiation render LEDs perfect suitable and safe for everyday use, as well as for areas where sensible lighting is needed (e.g. illumination of artworks in museums or presentation of food in supermarkets). The introduction of Traxon’s White Line, dedicated especially to white light applications, supports this development and offers the consumers a new solution for energy saving and environmentally friendly lighting. By seeking material durability, energy conservation and waste avoidance, Traxon provides intelligent green lighting solutions through sustainable product design and efficient lighting systems.
(“High Investment Model”, Source: Data from R. Haitz, F. Kish, J. Tsao, and J. Nelson
Innovation in Semiconductor Illumination: Opportunities for National Impact (2000))
Optimizing LED Performance
Traxon engineers its products to bring out the best of LED technology. While LEDs are capable of producing magnificent results over conventional light sources, they are in essence semiconductor devices having the same requirements on working conditions as other semiconductor products.
As with all electronic devices, LED output degrades over time – a term called lumen depreciation. This also explains why it is not convenient to expect photometric performances of two LED products with different service life spans to be the same. The rate of LED degrade is a complicated function of many factors such as operating efficiency, duration of continuous operation, and more significantly, environmental conditions (ambient temperature for example). If allowed working under optimal operating temperature range and with good ventilation, LED devices enjoy long service lives over conventional light sources. When using/installing LED devices, care should be taken to ensure that the devices will operate within the operating conditions specified in respective product literature.