LED ceiling panels replicate daylight, slash costs
Australian-owned lighting company cherryLED has released its Troffer ceiling panel light, a constant current input LED lamp that is a direct replacement for energy-consuming T8 fluorescents, which typically draw 85 watts in a twin tube configuration.
The new Troffer and driver system consumes only 32 watts of power. With zero radiation or interference, it is suitable for every clear span suspended or subdivided ceiling and is recommended for offices, public areas and retail settings. Apart from being energy efficient and cost saving, the lights are maintenance free and long-lasting, providing 50,000 hours of service. They contain no lead or mercury and have a unique optical design that delivers high colour rendering to replicate daylight.
Easy installation and replacement
Often memorable for one or more tubes blinking dismally through discoloured ceiling diffusers, power-hungry fluorescent lights were a major contributor to high power bills and costly maintenance through the need to regularly replace tubes. With replacement came the inconvenience of having to remove the diffuser, disconnect the old tube and replace with a new one – not to mention disposing of the environmentally harmful spent tube. By comparison, the new Troffer can easily snap into pre-existing fixtures and comes with the added benefit of being dimmable, so lighting can be tailored to the needs of individual workers.
CherryLED’s Ben Wright says demand for the LED Troffers has been very high due to their performance, price competitiveness and delivery of 50 percent savings in lighting energy costs. Recent installations have included the offices of Melbourne accounting and financial planning firms MB+M Business Solutions & OzPlan Financial Services. Senior financial adviser for OzPlan, Joshua Pennell, says, “We wanted to improve the look of our office, where the old fluorescent fixtures had become cracked and discoloured. The two-year pay-off from LED, in terms of the energy cost savings, made the decision easy.
“Employees say the new lights are more attractive. They actually look like skylights and have delivered a 70 percent improvement in lux throughout the office,” he adds, referring to the amount of light measured at workers’ desks before and after installation.