What They Don't Tell You About Linear LED Lenses - Get The Honest Truth Here
By: Phil Girard3 minutes
Not All LED Lenses Are Created Equally
When choosing a linear LED fixture, there is more to know than just the internal tape light or light engine rating. Other ratings and information are vital to what type of light gets delivered out of the fixture. What is meant by that? The strip's data tells us what the CCT is, the lumen output, and the CRI & R9 values.
What else do you need to consider when choosing an LED fixture, you may ask? Well, the answer lies in the following:
what you put the strip inside of and, more importantly,
the type of lens the light from the LED strip is coming through.
Why is this?
Simply because not all lenses are created equally. This may be news to some, and it certainly was to us at Q-Tran as we dove into the world of linear LED lighting some 8+ years ago now. As a power supply company steeped in integrity and altruism, we cared more about producing high-quality products and pleasing the design community than we did about being priced as cheaply as possible. It was only natural for us to think that those who claim to provide the highest quality product would have the same integrity. Needless to say...we were wrong.
So, what did we find?
We found that many vendors of lenses and competitors of ours that used theirs or something similar were using products we felt were inferior and ones that we would not want to put the Q-Tran name on. While many looked the same, these lenses did not deliver the same light output nor preserve the light engine's color properties; they changed them and changed them significantly. This change did not just occur from one type of lens to the next; it happened in the "same lens" used on a different sized extrusion or channel.
So, it's the same lens, then why would the light output change from it?
The reason is, again, not all are created equally. Lenses are typically made from either Polycarbonate or Acrylic or a combination of Polycarbonate and Acrylic. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, but some are more important to us than others. The most important thing to us is providing the highest quality of delivered light out of our fixtures to meet any project's design intent.