Integrated LED products are relatively new to the marketplace, appear to be the future, and may or may not be a good idea. We’ll evaluate three major lighting applications that are seeing an influx of integrated options—track lighting, downlights, and troffers—for what they cost, what the products mean for users, and where we recommend using LED lamps versus integrated LED fixtures.
A challenge we often face when replacing halogen lights with LEDs is that “soft shadows” become “dark shadows”. Increased contrast between the lit and unlit sides of a rack, garment, or piece of furniture are a potentially nasty by-product of a directional LED retrofit. Here’s where the issue comes from and how we address it.