Undoubtedly LED technology continues to be the name
of the game in all facets of consumer lighting across all
industries. LED’s performance, long service life, and minimal maintenance requirements have led to it replacing
most other light sources in the machine tool environment.
Newer LEDs use less energy while maximizing light performance. Kaminksi says to look for new LED technology
to provide excellent thermal management that will allow
a minimum of 50,000 hours service life. In addition, some
modern LED machine lights operate at ambient temperatures of up to 140 degrees Fahrenheit.
Kaminksi says there is an ongoing and potentially hazardous trend in machine lighting of trying to reduce maintenance and improve light quality by retrofitting older
lamp technologies with modern LED fixtures. He warns,
retrofitting an original fixture can create expectations
for peak performance that the modified fixture was not
engineered to meet. “Consider replacing technology
instead of retrofitting,” Kaminski says. “For example,
there are high-performance LED fixtures available that
are extremely effective and can easily upgrade tube lights
to LED technology.
The good news is distributors don’t have to be experts
in industrial machine lighting if they partner with a reputable, experienced lighting manufacturer who is. Lighting
manufacturers share their expertise and support their distributors through training, direct on-site visits, or through
technical support. “Distributors should partner with their
manufacturers for fixture trials or demonstrations on the
customer’s machines before purchasing to experience the
quality of high-performance lighting,” Kaminksi says.
“Then, both the distributor and customer can confidently
purchase the ideal fixture for the application.”
LED industrial machine lighting technology will only continue to get better. Lighting will become more efficient
– lumens part watt – smaller and thinner, and last longer.
To keep up with to keep up with the latest developments,
Kaminski again recommends finding a reputable manufacturer to partner with. “Distributors must continue to
invest in research and development, adapt quickly, and
help them grow their product portfolio with the latest
lighting technological advances.”