Choosing the wrong batten LED light increases maintenance costs

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LED lights last longer, so we put less thought into what happens when they fail. But if they don’t have replaceable parts, they can be very expensive to fix. High-quality modular batten LED lights are a great example of how to save money by ensuring your lighting comes with replaceable parts, rather than trying to save upfront cost on cheap alternatives.

What is the problem?

A lot of the LED lights currently on the market do not have replaceable parts. This means your maintenance costs can actually go up in the long run, and this is especially true with batten LED lights, which are lights that replace surface-mounted fluorescent battens.

Often LED battens do not have replaceable parts or a plug lead. This means that if one LED chip fails you need to replace the entire light fitting, which could cost $100 or more. Likewise, if your LED batten lights don’t have a plug lead, you’ll have to pay an electrician to replace the light for you.

Some battens on the market are sold with replaceable ‘LED modules’, and in many cases these ‘modules’ will outlast cheap LED tubes. The problem, however, is these modules are not standardised and there is a high chance the manufacturer will no longer be making them when your lights fail in the years to come.

What is the solution?

The solution is to choose lights with modular (replaceable) parts, ideally high quality LED lighting battens. You can reduce your ongoing maintenance costs by choosing LED battens with detachable design. This way, when a light fails, you don’t have to replace the entire fitting, and you don’t have to call an electrician.

For example, if you use an Eastrong batten LED fitting, you can save money by replacing the LED or drivers yourself when one fails. This is much cheaper than replacing the whole fitting: a high quality LED batten will cost around four times more than a high quality LED tube.

With integrated design batten LED lights, you can change the drivers or luminous body yourself without an electrician, while hardwired LED battens will incur an electrician call out fee of at least $100. Therefore, the simple solution is to choose Eastrong batten LED light.

Eastrong batten LED light

LED batten lights are lights that replace surface-mounted fluorescent battens. For the technically-minded, the driver is usually the first part to fail, so lights with replaceable drivers are important. Our batten LED lights equipped with Tridonic and OSRAM driver for standard version, and BOKE drivers are suitable for dimming version.

This is not true in all cases though. There are now drivers rated to 100,000hr lifespans that will out-last the cheaper LED chips (which are the parts that produce light). Even though LED chips are often rated at 50,000hrs, this is usually measured by L70B50. Put simply this means “at 50,000hrs, up to 50% of the chips will have failed, or dropped below 70% light output”. Therefore, the LED chips may fail before the driver (or change colour) on some cheaper products. Do not worry, our batten LED lights can replace luminous body easily without an electrician.

Tips on choosing batten LED lights with replaceable parts

  • Purchasing LED lights that have replaceable parts
  1. Avoid integrated drivers and lights without a plug lead
  • Selecting lights which have standardized connectors
  1. This makes it easy to swap parts between manufacturers
  • Choosing lights which have low-voltage replaceable parts
  1. Allows you to change parts yourself without an electrician
  • Purchasing lights with a plug lead that are plugged into a power point
  1. Allows you to you replace the light yourself without an electrical

Post time: Oct-20-2020