LEDs Bring More Options to the Marine Industry

In the past, affordable lighting options for recreational and commercial applications offered low utility. The available options consisted of high-pressure sodium, halogen, fluorescent, and HID lights. Today’s newer advancements bring an array of better lighting options!

Naturally, advanced technology hits the market priced high, but eventually the prices begin to fall. According to Mick McDonald, marketing manager at Lumitec, “The initial investment of LED is still more expensive than traditional light sources; however, that margin is getting chipped away every day with more efficient manufacturing processes and better performing LEDs at lower cost, in the long term LED is now a better return on your investment.”

The team at Lumitec keeps their eyes on developing lighting for extreme environments. With an interdisciplinary understanding of electromechanical, thermal, and optical principles, their team develops and manufactures LED lighting products with exceptional performance. Thus, Lumitec offer improved quality and reliability.

LED lighting produces an ultra-bright light for its compact size. It provides a more versatile light source without the issues of traditional lighting, is more efficient with a lower amp draw and shock and vibration resistant. As prices have become affordable LED provides more reliability, more versatility and is practically maintenance free.

Let’s look at the traditional light sources.

Incandescent Lamps

Incandescent lamps are cheap to produce, but inefficient. The lamp produces light by heating a metal filament. It converts most of the electricity (~95%) to heat instead of light, wasting heat. The life span is 750-1000 hours. Turning the light on or off reduces its life.

Fluorescent Lamps

Fluorescent lamps convert electricity into light more efficiently than incandescent lamps do. They produce light by stimulating the mercury vapor with electricity inside the lamp to produce ultraviolet light. Fluorescent lamps last longer, up to 10,000 hours. They exceed about 100 lumens per watt compared to the 16 lumens of the incandescent lamps.

High-pressure discharge (HID) lamps

Some of the most powerful outdoor lights are high-pressure discharge (HID) lamps. These lamps often illuminate shops, parking lots, stadiums, warehouses, arenas, and other large facilities. HIDs contain pressurized gas, such as mercury, sodium, argon, krypton, neon, or xenon, in a tube inside the lamp. The gas acts as a conductor inside the tube. Electrons circulate between the electrodes in the electric field; and the gas molecules, emitting energy in the form of radiation, emit light. Some of these lamps reach temperatures as high as 3000° C (5400° F) and can be made in smaller sizes to reduce the intense discharge.

LED advantage – Lumitec offers more than traditional lighting

Apart from the stated benefits of efficiency, reliability and no maintenance LED lighting is also programmable. This means aesthetic effects, such as changing color to set a mood or change light intensity can be programmed into the light without external control modules. Lumitec can thus accommodate the special needs of their clients. With expert engineers, their staff can design solutions that combine software, thermal management, usability, materials science, optical systems, embedded control circuit design, and power supplies to work in the most abusive environments. With cutting-edge tools, on-site manufacturing, and resources, Lumitec build the prototypes and fulfill the order. The financial savings is perhaps the biggest benefit, however. Lumitec lights perform better for longer and requires less maintenance than other light sources. They are also versatile in their applications to various industries.

Lumitec leads LED lighting for the marine industry

Lumitec’s vision drives staff selection, tool attainment, and equipment procurement. All the while, Lumitec leverages new technologies to build superior marine lighting products, making it a world leader in providing light in the marine industry. Lumitec build LED lights for the U.S. Coast Guard and for commercial fisherman to help them perform optimally even in the most extreme temperatures and with the greatest exposure to corrosive salt and moisture.

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