LED vs Tungsten

LED vs. Tungsten: the opinion of Rory Fraser-Mackenzie

To the question of how effective LED technology will be in replacing tungsten, which is already in danger of extinction in several countries, expert Rory Fraser-Mackenzie offers some clues to better understand what this change known as "Transition to LED" entails "

It is a fact that tungsten will disappear. The European Union is in the lead in the race to ban this type of luminaires and replace them with the most modern LED. Especially in the sector of stage lighting, this change involves large investments, taking into account that it is not simply a matter of changing a lamp for an LED as we would in our homes, but that we must acquire a totally new product. Today we see some keys of the LED vs Tungsten.

We are facing an advance towards energy saving, achieving a more ecological industry in which the devices have a longer life. But, nevertheless, all these advantages will not be found in any product: only a few manufacturers have developed a technology with long-lasting and high-quality components.

Stand out among them ETC, distributed in Spain by Stonex. The company offers an unrivaled guarantee of 10 years on the LED chip, in addition to products that allow the migration of tungsten shows to LEDs without losses. The inclusion of lenses and other interchangeable accessories between the old luminaires and the new ones with LED technology make ETC in a reference mark in this technological transition, making it easier and cheaper.


The transition to LED: a technological revolution

The European market responsible for the brand, Rory Fraser-Mackenzie It exposes some keys to keep in mind in this process of change. As he states: "For luminaires and end users it is very important that the luminaires behave in the way they are familiar with", in reference to the differences between tungsten light and LED. Even, "in most spaces will coexist both technologies for a while and therefore it is very important that both devices are the same," he continues.

Some technology, such as applied to ETC cuts Source Four LED, has managed to replicate the effect of tungsten on the appearance that the skin must have or some architectural or textile materials. Another feature that is attributed to tungsten and that more distrust generated in the LED is its ability to turn off smoothly. A process in which the color temperature becomes warmer in turn.

"Our work in the theater and entertainment market also requires us to produce luminaires that are perfectly dimmed without flickering or sudden changes in level, and we use this experience in the development of all our luminaires," says Rory. From ETC they are proud of having achieved a technology that mimics its predecessor.


Challenges and opportunities of LED vs. tungsten

The quality of light continues to be the most difficult aspect of imitating tungsten, as well as its ability to produce large amounts of white light. However, one of the great advantages offered by LED is its possibilities in color mixing. "Not only does it result in an increase in lumen / watt value" -much more energy efficient- "but also guarantee a much finer color selection," adds Rory.

In addition, another of the great advantages of the new LED technology is that it achieves a considerable reduction in heat emission, which results in greater savings in climate control of the spaces and lower risk of overheating of the appliances. Some properties that we must not lose sight of when deciding which devices we will complete our installation with.

In Spain, the company Stonex is an official distributor of ETC, among other well-known brands. As a national reference in professional lighting and stage engineering, Stonex brings more than 39 years of experience offering integral solutions for the sectors of entertainment, entertainment, architecture and emergency lighting; comprising the design, supply, installation and maintenance of scenic equipment and premium lighting.

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