10 Steps to A Successful LED Lighting Project

For those who might be interested in switching over to LED (Light Emitting Diode) fixtures, the benefits are worth the investment. Below we’ll list some facts illustrating the overall advantages of such a great, easy-to-use product. We also include a 10 step process to get a Tresco Lighting project started…a sort of check list if you will. This includes tips on applications and general advice on beginning a lighting proposal

Why Should I Use LED’s?

  • Energy savings: they use at least 75 percent less energy than incandescents.
  • Long life, low maintenance: LED lights last 35 to 50 times longer than incandescents and up to 10 times longer than fluorescents.
  • Directional light emission: they can direct light where it is needed. (Incandescent and fluorescent bulbs emit light – and heat – in all directions, which is wasteful.)
  • Size advantage: LEDs can be very compact and low-profile.
  • Durable: unlike bulbs, they have no breakable glass or filaments.
  • “Instant on”: LEDs require no warm-up time.

10 Steps to a Successful LED Project

  1. Decide what LED light will work best with your application, such as puck light, linear light, tape light, etc. and decide on the wattage output or the desired amount of light within the area your LED fixture will be mounted.
  2. What color temperature of the LED light will work in the application. For example, choose from warm, cool, natural or daylight.
  3. How many LED light fixtures used will determine what power supply is needed. Simply add up the wattage of all the LED lights you will use and proceed with either an 18W or 60W power supply. Do not exceed the wattage allowance.
  4. Determine if any extra components are needed to complete the project. Extra components are offered by Tresco, such as, linking cords for extra length between lights or various connectors.
  5. What on/off switch should control your LED Lights. For example, rocker switch, roll switch, wireless dimmer, door sensor, touch sensor, etc.
  6. Determine where the closest 110V/120V wall outlet is. This is where you’ll plug the power supply in and convert the house voltage from 110/120V to 12VDC, which is powering the LED lights.
  7. Draw a schematic of where the LED lights and wiring will go within your project. This will assist in determining where any drilling may occur.
  8. Prep your job area and do a dry-run or mock up of the LED components and lights. This will save time and deter any possible hiccups within the project.
  9. Begin drilling for LED fixture mounting or wire management. Be sure to know the specifications of each light being used as to make the appropriate accommodations.
  10. Test and troubleshoot. Make sure connections are correct or polarity (+ or – connections) aren’t inverted. Most lights will be labeled with + and – on each wire.

Below is an example of a basic installation diagram explaining two different placement options with a controller (C).

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