LEDs help shrink carbon emissions


How LEDs contribute to the energy transition and lower operational costs

In recent years, the LED has been gaining in popularity among industrial and residential end users.

Half a century ago, the light-emitting diode was just an electronic component, primarily used for status indication. There were only a few colors, and the luminous efficiency — in comparison with today’s LED technology — was rather poor.

Today, LEDs are used widely both in the home and in industrial spaces. LED lighting sets a new standard in energy efficiency and is an important step towards a greener future.

LEDs are cost-effective, energy efficient and robust © ABB

In my work at ABB, I am responsible for, among other things, the introduction of new products. Last year, we introduced a great new product line, which I love, offering safe lighting solutions in explosive environments. We manufacture these electrical products for explosive environments under the name DTS in France.

A modern and future-proof product
Top safety is not the only aspect that is prioritized here: In order to be able to offer the client a modern and future-proof product, the entire lighting portfolio was expanded with LED technology. This not only contributes to greater environmental sustainability, but also lowers operational costs.

An important difference between LEDs and conventional lighting sources lies in the luminous efficiency. For example, fluorescent tubes emit light in all directions. This reduces the luminous efficiency since light is directed where it’s not needed.

In contrast, LEDs project light onto their target without wasting energy: Thus, the luminous efficiency of our lamps is 98 percent, while for conventional fluorescent lamps, it is only 52 percent. This is why I love this product, there are few examples where a product can make a 50 percent energy saving, which dramatically reduces its operational costs, while being more effective.

Using detailed lighting calculations from the lamps photometric data, one can design the optimal lighting conditions for a room and avoid undesirable shadows. Such calculations take account of various parameters, including room dimensions, the colors of the walls and floors, as well as the availability of natural light from windows.


Photometric data © ABB


LEDs don’t just use less energy they generate less waste
In addition to helping reduce carbon emissions, LED lamps last longer, with an average service life of 100,000 hours at 25°C and contain no toxic quicksilver, which means they are kinder to the environment for many reasons.

Easy replacement with retrofitting

This product gets better still, because clients who have conventional DTS lights can replace their conventional light source with an LED using a retrofit kit. For this, all the internal parts of the lights are easily and quickly replaced. This produces huge savings in installation times.

Easily replaceable © ABB
Easily replaceable © ABB

Our tube lights, line lights and spotlights provide robust, durable and sustainable lighting in commercial and industrial fields, greatly reducing maintenance costs and setting a new standard in terms of energy efficiency. LED technology for a greener future: now also for explosive environments!

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About the author

Thorsten Kruse

Shortly before the end of the last millennium I started as a sales representative at Thomas & Betts, an American manufacturer of electrical products. In 2011, Thomas & Betts was taken over by ABB and ever since I have been a proud employee as a Business Development Manager in the industrial components division at the Swiss technology group. In my free time, I do a lot of sports: Running, spinning, swimming, gym. I also enjoy going to the sauna, dancing a lot and cooking together with my partner. As a family man I enjoy devoting myself to my family and especially my children - and my friends represent an important part of my life as well.
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