What happened to ‘fit & forget’ LED lighting solutions?

Companies that have chosen to fit low­cost LED options often suffer the frustration of having to regularly replace their lighting as they become dim or fail completely. What initially is perceived as a low­cost purchase can turn into a costly exercise when the replacement cost, re­fitting cost and the inconvenience of your vehicle being off the road are factored in.

Since the mainstream adoption of LED technology, we’ve witnessed a wide range in quality and pricing, and it can be challenging for a purchaser to get a good understanding of what they should buy. A well designed LED product will ensure that the LED devices are thermally managed so the light output doesn’t fall below 20% of its original brightness; controlling the internal temperature of the LEDs is key to extending the life and effectiveness of the lights.

When LEDs were first introduced the technology claimed to offer a ‘fit & forget’ lighting solution, eliminating the need to regularly replace bulbs and tubes, but some manufacturers are mass producing low cost variants which do not meet this crucial criteria and therefore cannot be classed as ‘fit & forget’ products.