Lumens Per Watt

People buy things for many different reasons; take cars for example.  We all have our likes and dislikes –   compact cars, SUVs, compact SUVs, muscle cars, sedans, luxury cars, etc.  Let’s not forget about the trim packages and the options that come with that too.  Between interior options and types of vehicles, the possibilities are endless.  Poll 100 people on their dream car and you’ll get 100 different answers.  But at the end of the day, there is one common denominator that common-sense consumers care about – miles per gallon…fuel efficiency.

Efficiency isn’t about leather trim, a sunroof or chrome wheels.  It’s black and white.  Either its efficient or it isn’t.  They want some bang for their buck when it comes to this.

It’s a similar scenario in LED lighting, everyone wants efficiency.  Lower watts = a lower power bill.  It’s a simple math equation.  But what people don’t want is to sacrifice their lighting levels to lower their bills.  “You can save 100% of your lighting bill by turning the lights off.”  How realistic is that?  Consumers want a full-size SUV that gets 35 MPG on the highway that won’t cost them a fortune in gas each month.  Kind of like business owners want a nice bright facility without paying a fortune to the power company each month.

Let me back up a bit.  I remember my first LED tube like I remember my first crush in grade school.  About 10 years ago, I received my first LED tube.  I was giddy with anticipation that I was going to change the world.  I carefully unpackaged it, read the instructions and installed it in a fixture I had set up next to a fixture with a fluorescent lamp.  I wanted to see firsthand how I was going to become a change-maker.

And let me tell you, I can still taste the disappointment I had when I compared this new technology with the old fluorescent T8 in the adjacent fixture and observed that the old T8 was noticeably brighter than my brand-new LED tube.  Crap I thought to myself…I paid $125.00 (not including shipping) for this bastard and has absolutely no value to me.  At least my first crush (which didn’t pan out either) only cost me about $1.50 in candy hearts and a valentine card.  With less lumen output, this LED tube was as valuable to me as those chalky candy hearts.

This was my first lesson in Lumens Per Watt (lm/W).  That LED tube was producing less than 70 lm/W.  I quickly learned that there is value in lumens per watts. The more lumens per watt a lamp or fixture can produce, the more energy efficient it is.

That was 10 years ago and the industry has evolved.  It rapidly increased efficiencies to 100 lm/W, 120 lm/W, 145 lm/W.  The bar keeps getting set higher and higher as the industry evolves.  It’s part of our motto here at OptimalLED.  Adapt or Die.  Evolve or get left in the chalk dust from an old box of candy hearts.

How many miles per gallon can we get out of our LEDs?  Can we get a big ol’ full size LED suburban to barrel down the high way at 170 lm/W?  Could we push it to 180 lm/W?  190 lm/W would cause the industry to gasp in unison.

Well listen up people.  I have an announcement.

I’m proud to announce that here at OptimalLED, we are introducing an LED industry first.

SunPZone LED Linear Highbay 2x2
SunPZone 203 lm/W LED Linear Highbay

A fixture that produces 200+ lumens per watt.  We are now taking pre-orders on our new LED high bay from our partner SunPZone.

A family of LED high bays that produces 200+ lumens per watt!  Yes, you read that correctly.  An LED fixture that produces 200+ lumens per watt.  That’s not what the chip tested out at in some lab, it’s not a prototype product that has a million little kinks to work out.  It is a fixture that produces over 200 lm/W and is in full production, heading to the United States as we sit here.

For further clarification, see below.  It tested out on DLC 200+ lumens per watt.  26,390 lumens from a 130W fixture.  That’s powerful.  This isn’t chalky candy hearts stuffed into a shoe box on a 3rd graders desk on Valentine’s day.   This is full on Bouchard Belgian premium dark chocolates, full-sized Suburban getting 30 MPG (in the city) going 203 lm/W!   Now that’s value.

How many miles per gallon can we get out of LED?  The more lumens per watt a lamp or fixture can produce, the more energy efficient it is.

I’m proud to say, I now buy high-end chocolates (with much greater results) and 201 lm/W high bays.  I’ve learned.

Aaron Bortz, Sales Manager


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