LED Light Fixtures Pros & Cons

LED Light Fixtures Pros and Cons is the first article in our LED Lights for Home series.  In this post we will be discussing the pros and cons of integrated LED lights.  It is important to keep in mind that LED lights are 80% more efficient incandescent bulbs.  Furthermore LED bulbs burn cooler and don’t produce as much heat as incandescent and halogen.  As well, LED light is highly focused and therefore reduces light pollution.

LED Light Bulbs and the Environment

Another benefit of LED’s is the decreased amount of greenhouse gas emissions. Since they use less energy there is less demand on power plants.  In addition 95% of the energy is converted into light, while only 5% is wasted as heat. Thus there is minimal heat loss in the environment due to high electricity to light conversion. Thereby the amount of fuel being burnt to generate electricity is reduced.

Remember that LED lighting is not measured in watts but in lumens.  Our article the Advantages of Crystal Chandelier LED Bulbs will prove invaluable. It’s Important to note, LED bulbs have a long life span generally 15,000 hours. Therefore there would be fewer bulbs in the landfills. LED’s are chemical free and non toxic.  On the other hand, Cfl bulbs have 4-5 milligrams of mercury. Another feature of LED bulbs is that they completely sealed with no glass parts and are resistant to weather conditions and impact. They are good for indoor as well as outdoor applications.

Pro’s of Integrated Light Fixtures

An integrated light fixture has the LED’s built directly into the fixture.  Furthermore, since the diodes are part of the fixture there is no socket for a bulb. The fixture and LED light is all in one.  Integrated LED ceiling lights fixture comes in different forms such as: strip, panel or disc.  Lastly, the energy efficient LED integrated fixtures are beginning to have some interesting designs. With the slimmer integrated LED modular unit profile there is leeway to be somewhat creative.  Since the frames are narrow there there are no sockets and bulbs to be concerned with.  Standard chandeliers and ceiling lights do have to accommodate  sockets; bulbs and  in some instances fluorescent tubes.  However, the lighting designer always keeps that in mind when designing the crystal chandelier.

Furthermore many LED fixtures have smart control capabilities which incorporate sensors and up to the minute technology therefore optimizing the energy efficiency.  They are easily dimmed and the light output can be controlled.  That being said, LED bulbs create the same amount of light output as does an LED integrated light fixture.

Con’s of LED Integrated Light Fixtures

Right out of the gate, LED integrated light fixtures are more expensive to purchase than standard lights. Not all LED chips are created equally. Depending on the quality of the chip, the life of the fixture varies. The average life span of an LED integrated fixture is generally between 25,000- 30,000 hours. For the most part when the fixture stops working it must be replaced.

Currently, there are few if any replacement parts available on the market.  If the electrician can get replacement parts it will cost a fortune.  For that reason some manufacturers produce integrated fixtures with a supposed  longer life span.  However when something goes wrong such as fading light or flickering it’s problematic.  It is probably less expensive and more prudent to simply replace the chandelier.  As of now, the warranty on most LED integrated light fixtures doesn’t cover the life of the fixture. That is an important factor to keep in mind before purchasing an integrated fixture.

Lastly, it is more complicated to install an integrated light fixture than it is to simply use an LED replacement bulb. There are still only a limited number of LED integrated fixtures currently offered in the marketplace.  The look of the modern LED chandelier styles for example are all quite similar.  On the other hand standard crystal chandeliers have a wide variety of style choices, with the LED replacement bulb option.  Our Ultimate Crystal Chandelier Guide is a great road map on the ins and outs of crystal lighting.

Do the Math

These are our last words on integrated LED light fixture pros and cons.  Here’s some math  based on a lifespan of 25,000 hours to keep in mind. For example,  kitchen lights are on a great deal of the time.  If an integrated LED light fixture is left on for 5 hours a day, every day, the fixture will last approximately 13 years.  Remember,  that this is based on general home use.  If the light is turn on and off multiple times a day, the electronics will certainly have more wear and tear and have a shorter life expectancy.

Last Words

With our expertise as a leading crystal lighting manufacturer, we have laid out what we believe are the advantages and disadvantages of LED ceiling lights and chandeliers  In our opinion the crystal chandelier styles which are designed for incandescent or halogen bulbs have a greater range of options.  As always, you ultimately have to decide between style, design and cost versus energy savings.

Does an LED integrated light fixture need a special dimmer switch?

Yes. It requires a dimmer switch that is LED compatible in order to be dimmable.

Do LED lights give off heat?

Yes they give off some heat, but only a fraction of traditional bulbs.

Do I need an electrician to install my LED chandelier?

Regardless if the fixture is LED or a standard crystal light fixture, we always recommend that a qualified electrician do the installation.

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