LED lighting offers not only lower energy consumption but also superior light quality, particularly in comparison to fluorescent tubes.
LEDs have almost completely replaced incandescent lamps however now that LED panels can exceed the efficiency of T5 fluorescents they are rapidly becoming the lighting of choice for commercial and industrial premises. There is no reason to prefer fluorescents other than their lower initial cost, which energy and maintenance charges soon erode. Once you have lived and worked under LED lighting there is no going back to flickering “fluoros”.
What underlies the superior quality of LED lighting? LEDs produce a continuous spectrum of light across visible wavelengths, akin to natural daylight, while fluorescent lighting has its intensity concentrated in a number of discrete “spikes”, the frequencies at which the material coating the tubes fluoresces.
LED lighting is demonstrably more “daylight like”. Our 600 x 600 square LED panels are often mistaken for skylights until visitors realise that they are not on the top floor of a building. The continuous spectrum of light emitted by LEDs makes for better colour accuracy. That, together with the lack of damaging ultraviolet radiation, is why LED lighting has rapidly become the standard in museums and galleries.
No architect I know would ever specify fluorescent lighting for its aesthetics. It has none. Fluorescent tubes are an inferior form of lighting which have only been tolerated only for their utility. While electronic control has been added to fluorescent luminaires in recent decades they are fundamentally 1930s technology.