ISM Objects Director Celina Clarke says the future of lighting is LED,
considering the increasing preference for LED lamps in the marketplace.
According to the leading industrial designer and Melbourne-based
lighting manufacturer, several factors are driving the trend in both commercial
and residential applications including improvements in technology over recent
times; lower LED cost, increased media exposure and awareness about LED technology;
and regulatory requirements for the use of low energy lighting options.
Celina Clarke observes that architects and designers have been early
adopters of LED technology. However, ISM Objects consumers are also showing
interest in learning more about LED technology as well as adopting it.
Key benefits of LED technology include promise of energy efficiency
while maintaining a high level of light output; exceedingly long lamp life in excess
of 35,000 hours; dimmable and colour changing options for different moods; cool
or warm white lamp options; high colour rendering index enabling objects to appear
in true colour; and ability to retrofit LED lamps into existing traditional lamp
ISM Objects now offers an extensive collection of light fittings featuring
LED retrofit lamps in addition to re-engineering several designs to integrate
LED lamps. Simon Christopher, fellow ISM Objects director and lighting designer
explains that the process of converting a traditional lamp to ‘integrated LEDs’
involves redesigning the lamp source and running them as true LED fittings with
electronic control gear.
Light fittings from ISM Objects’ core commercial lighting range featuring
LED technology include stable icons such as Boss, Bossy, Clinker, Drum, Dr.
Doctor, GX and Metallica. ISM Objects’ comprehensive LED collection of
contemporary fittings creates a unique ambience in hotels, hospitals, cafes,
offices and residential interiors.
5 reasons to love LED lamps
According to Christopher, LED lamps offer great functional, aesthetic
and economic benefits in any application environment. LEDs combine excellent light
output equivalent to or greater than traditional lamps, with the energy saving
advantages of LED. Long lifespan is a major benefit of LED lamps. The promise
of a 50,000-hour lamp life (the equivalent of 5.7 years of constant usage for
an LED) is about the longest lamp life that manufacturers can safely claim. LEDs
cost a bit extra, so it’s definitely wise to check for guarantees as a sign of
manufacturing and lamp quality. LED lamp fittings manufactured by ISM Objects
carry a 5-year warranty.
LEDs used by ISM Objects have a high colour-rendering index (CRI), ensuring
all materials and colours appear true to their natural state. This is critical
for the presentation of food, quality furnishings and fabrics or items to be
photographed and filmed.
LEDs also provide a choice of warmer or cooler whites to suit the
environment. For instance, morning people are likely to function at their best
with cooler lamp colours while afternoon people are likely to bond more with
warm colour lamps. While warm lamps help create a relaxed environment, cool
lamps tend to increase responsiveness and alertness.
LEDs also allow the desired mood and ambience to be created in any
space. LED lamps from ISM Objects are dimmable, allowing lighting levels to be
controlled to create the desired ambience. ISM Objects designers can offer a
choice of dimming options from simple switch dimmers to sophisticated
commercial and home automation systems.