For commercial and residential properties relying on LED lighting, regular testing is key to maximising lifespan. As lighting systems age, vulnerabilities emerge that threaten longevity.
We replicate years of real-world stresses in accelerated timeframes. This reveals decreased performance, component degradation, and other problems not visible through basic visual checks.
Catching issues early allows property owners to proactively replace or repair lighting. This prevents unexpected downtime and costly reactive repairs down the road.
Ongoing LED testing gives managers confidence that existing lighting continues delivering maximum longevity and value. Partnering with testing experts optimises return on investment (ROI) by keeping LED systems performing like new.
The Importance of Regular Testing Throughout the LED Lifecycle
While LED lighting is built to last, gradual issues can develop over months and years of operation. That’s why we recommend periodic testing as part of regular maintenance.
Over time, factors like heat, electrical spikes, power cycling, dust, and simple wear can degrade components. Performance and lifespan may slowly suffer without any obvious visual signs.
That’s where regular LED testing proves invaluable for maintaining optimal performance. By scheduling periodic checks, we can detect decreased light levels, electrical issues, physical damage and other problems before they lead to system failures.
Think of it like getting a regular check-up at the doctor even when you feel fine. Doing so catches issues early when they are easiest to treat. Similarly, our scheduled testing can identify LED problems early so remediation is quick and cost-effective.
We recommend LED evaluations every 3-5 years based on use levels. Ongoing testing provides peace of mind that lighting continues functioning flawlessly despite age. It’s about proactive maintenance versus reactive repairs down the road.
Step-By-Step Process of LED Testing by a Professional Company
To start, our technicians will come to review your existing LED lighting system. We want to understand the overall scope, age, usage levels and technical specifications if available. This helps us tailor the right testing plan. We may ask questions like: How long has the system been installed? What areas does the lighting cover? How many hours per day are lights on? Any previous issues you’ve noticed? Getting insights upfront ensures useful testing.
Develop Testing Plan
Every lighting system is unique, so our testing plan focuses on potential problem areas based on the initial assessment. For example, we may focus checks on higher heat areas, frequently switched zones, or locations where illumination seems lower. We pick sample fixtures that represent the whole for efficient checks. The goal is to test areas most prone to degraded performance over time.
This is where we thoroughly test the sampled fixtures on-site. We assess light brightness, observe for flickering/unevenness, take electrical measurements, inspect connections and components closely and document any wiring issues – essentially shining a spotlight on how well the system is holding up. The hands-on testing reveals issues not visible through visual checks alone.
Results are carefully compared to the expected performance for lighting of that specific age and usage level in your facility. If light output, electrical currents, or physical integrity fall below expectations, it flags the need for maintenance. The analysis focuses on identifying decreasing system health so problems can be addressed proactively.
We provide clear recommendations on any repairs, replacements, or maintenance needed based on the findings. The goal is to catch issues early so problems can be addressed in a proactive, cost-effective manner.
For example, replacing a few degraded fixtures now can be much less costly than waiting until the entire system fails unexpectedly. Or targeted maintenance may extend life sufficiently to delay major replacement costs for years.
Our guidance aims to help maximise the value you continue deriving from existing lighting investments. We want to help avoid throwing out systems prematurely when strategic upkeep and repairs could maintain optimal performance longer.
Finally, we suggest timeframes for follow-up testing to continue monitoring system health. Ongoing checks mean fewer surprises down the road.
The Technicalities of Testing for Lifespan Extension
Our experts use professional-grade light meters to measure if older fixtures are as bright as they should be. Light levels can fade over years of operation, just like how your phone screen gets dimmer with age. Our tests catch if the illumination is dropping before areas get too dark for tasks like reading charts or labels. Then, you can boost light levels by cleaning or replacing bulbs. We want to identify fading brightness before it becomes a nuisance.
Our technicians thoroughly check factors like power draw, electric current, and voltage in fixtures using advanced meters and analysers. Even small changes in those can indicate connection problems, failing components, or power supply issues that lead to big failures if left unaddressed. We catch the small red flags early on so problems can be fixed before anything serious happens.
Scanning for Hot Spots
Using thermal cameras, we scan fixtures for parts running excessively hot. Heat builds up over the years due to dust accumulation or poor airflow. High heat degrades LED lifespan faster. By finding hot areas early, you can clean or adjust cooling to prevent damage and extend light life. An ounce of prevention!
Understanding Testing Reports and Their Implications
The testing reports we provide are invaluable for understanding the health of your installed LED lighting. But what insights do they offer?
The reports summarise key metrics like light levels, electrical performance, and physical integrity. More importantly, they compare results to baselines for lighting of similar age and usage.
If light output, power draw, or other factors are below norms, it signals potential issues requiring maintenance. For example, lower lumen readings indicate fading light levels that should be addressed.
Beyond technical data, we provide straightforward recommendations for necessary repairs, component replacements, or general servicing based on findings. Reports outline clear next steps.
For our clients managing facilities and properties, these LED testing reports optimise maintenance budgets. Rather than waste money replacing fully functioning fixtures, reports guide strategic upkeep only where needed.
Testing summaries also provide documentation and assurance that your lighting is optimally maintained and operating safely. They give you confidence in your system’s health.
Why Is LED Light Testing Important?
For property owners and managers with existing LED lighting, the value of ongoing testing may not be obvious at first glance. After all, we expect these modern, energy-efficient lighting systems to continue performing flawlessly once installed. However, this overlooks the way vulnerabilities develop over months and years of real-world operation.
That’s where specialists like Hexo Electrical Testing provide important testing services. We thoroughly test and inspect ageing lighting systems to detect decreased performance before outright failures occur.
We’ve all experienced appliances or electronics that work great when new but gradually decline over years of use. LED lighting is no different. Gradual issues like dimming output, uneven lighting, and flickering can slowly emerge over time. The goal of our regular LED testing is to proactively identify these problems.
For our clients managing residential and commercial properties, our scheduled testing provides assurance that lighting systems continue functioning optimally even after years of use. Detecting issues early allows for timely repairs or replacements, avoiding disruptive downtime. Ongoing testing gives clients confidence their existing LED investment continues delivering maximum value and longevity.
Book Your LED Testing With Hexo Electrical Testing
As an owner of a commercial or residential property relying on quality LED lighting, ensuring your system sustains optimal performance over time is critical.
This is where Hexo Electrical Testing provides invaluable professional services. Our expertise lies in thoroughly testing and inspecting ageing LED lighting systems to identify issues proactively.
We offer periodic evaluations to catch performance decreases before they become disruptive. This allows clients to make strategic repairs and upgrades at the most cost-effective points.
Our commitment is to help you maintain LED lighting systems at their best — avoiding unexpected downtime or replacement costs.
Contact us today online or by calling 0207 315 4151 to schedule world-class testing services for your installed LED lighting. Keep your property brightly and reliably illuminated for years to come. Hexo Electrical Testing has you covered.
How do I know if my LED light is failing?
Signs of a failing LED include dimming, flickering, colour shifts, uneven lighting, and lamps that won’t turn on. Testing early in an LED’s lifespan can detect issues before failure.
What causes LED lights to stop working suddenly?
Factors like voltage spikes, manufacturing defects, excessive heat buildup, and moisture can suddenly stop LEDs from working properly. Testing identifies vulnerabilities to avoid unexpected failures.
How does testing check LED light performance?
Testing monitors key metrics like lumen output, colour consistency, current draw, and operating temperatures over time. It accelerates real-world stresses to simulate years of use in a compressed timeframe.
Can I perform basic LED tests at home?
Simple checks like noticing dimming or flickering can indicate issues. But comprehensive testing requires specialised equipment and expertise to thoroughly evaluate components and performance.
What are some tips to make LED lights last longer?
Proper installation, avoiding voltage spikes, managing heat, quality manufacturing, and regular inspections help LED lifespan. Testing verifies lights endure real-world conditions.
Is it safe to leave LED lights on continuously?
The continuous operation generates excess heat that strains components over time unless the lights are designed for this usage. Testing evaluates the impacts of constant operation.