Versatile LED Freezer Tube Lighting
Tubes Invade Sub-Zero Grocery Store Freezers
When you look back at the challenging history and pitfalls that have traditionally plagued retail and supermarket grocery stores’ ability to cope with lighting challenges of freezers and frozen display cases, you’ll fast become sympathetic with the uneconomical-to-operate and maintenance-unfriendly issues associated with such a need.
Ironically, consumers ultimately pay the price for such inefficiency as the cost to operate this sales-inducing illumination feature is ultimately passed on to the buyer when the store operator factors this expensive energy-hog item into his “cost-of-doing-business” formulation.
Once again, enter the world of freezer Tube lighting and its uncanny ability to come to the rescue in solving countless man-made illumination issues. As a direct result, the emergence and implementation of freezer Tube lighting technology to this type of food product vending has fast become a win-win situation for everyone – – the seller greatly reduces his operating costs and the buyer in turn not only can make better purchase choices as a result of a better, more efficiently illuminated product target, he’ll also realize a better price at the checkout counter that’ll reflect the vendor’s lower operating expense.
It all makes great sense – – especially the bottom-line dollar and cents variety. Fortunately for all involved, LED solid-state semiconductor lights feel at home in almost all of today’s artificial lighting environments. Nothing seems to deter or discourage the myriad amount of practical and functional relevance that LED (stands for Light Emitting Diode) lighting brings to the table. Not even the extreme demands generated by the harsh zero degree operating atmosphere of a commercial store freezer compartment will give cause for a LED freezer Tube light output to blink (pun intended).
Let’s examine the extensive historical background that’s led to today’s acceptance and highly embraced freezer Tube lighting success in commercial retail freezer applications. Until now, the bulk of the lighting load has been carried by fast disappearing, clunky fluorescent lighting equipment. With its long-time acceptance as “the only game in town” for commercial / business lighting, many people have begun to understand the drawbacks of near-obsolete fluorescent lighting concepts. These include: up to a 10 times shorter operating life compared to today’s solid-state LED lighting standards, existence of toxic tube illuminating, environmentally-unfriendly hazardous mercury gas-vapor discharge elements (also making it a safety nightmare for legal and recommended disposal practices) and exaggerated manufacturer’s lighting-brilliance ratings.
The latter fact is best evidenced by a rapid luminance output decline once the fluorescent’s effective life-cycle begins its countdown after initial activation.. Any fluorescent lighting product is invariably known to begin its classic turn into a blackish discoloration near its tube-end connector pins as it begins its aging process – – thus requiring more often costly maintenance burnout bulb replacement.
Consistent with this decline and operational transformation is a corresponding retreat of lumen output as the fluorescent tube ages. An LED lighting chip – – although admittedly guilty of an overall lumen decline over time (as no man-made lighting product to date will last at full operating strength indefinitely) – – will also show a diminished output with extensive usage but in so doing, it will be far less apparent and abrupt than that of a fluorescent’s decline as the LED lasts up to 10x longer…thus its lumen decline is10x proportionately slower to emerge.
Other relevant LED advantages over ancient incandescent filament and fluorescent lighting applications include:
• Better lumens output per input watt consumption makes for up to 50 percent energy savings.
• No need for a low-temp modified ballast/starter element required by a fluorescent tube to fire-up in a typical freezer application. An LED simply requires an all-temp-friendly solid-state driver that instantly activates all the tube’s semiconductor light chips. This driver appears in the form of a standard LED lighting component located within the cozy confines of the light tube.
• Better lighting efficiency as a fluorescent often uses up to 20x more energy in its startup procedure. Spread out over a two minute ramping-up cycle to full operating power, the fluorescent’s electrical power consumption rate is up to 16 percent higher in its start-up stage than that of an LED lamp – – as the LED product attains its immediate, full lighting impact with the flip of the switch..
• LED freezer Tube lighting have by now earned a justified lighting industry-leading benchmark label with its comparatively high ROI (return on investment) rating. This factors into account its 50,000 hours, long-life operating range as well as an up to 50 percent energy saving realization.