The Crunch: LEDtronics was founded in 1983 and has been a pioneer in the LED lighting industry ever since. In the early days, the company developed solutions for the defense, aerospace, and power industries. Today, energy-efficient, long-lasting LED lighting has taken hold in residential, public, and commercial markets. LEDtronics continues to lead with solutions that avoid the LED mistakes — such as overuse and misuse — that have hampered aesthetics, lowered energy-efficiency, and led to lighting pollution. LEDtronics is a one-stop lighting solution that customizes applications for a specific client’s building layout and property. And the company’s expertise, knowledge, and attention to detail continue to drive improvements in the LED industry.
LEDtronics has been part of the LED lighting industry since the beginning. Pervaiz Lodhie and his wife Almas started the business as a two-person LED manufacturing team in the garage of their California home in 1983. Throughout the 1980s, LEDtronics developed long-lasting, energy-efficient LED lighting equipment for the defense, aerospace, and power industries — and helped lay the foundation for the LED industry.
The stakes were high, Pervaiz said. If a nuclear power plant worker could not see a lighted button on the control panel because a cheap bulb had died, the consequences could be disastrous.
“I created dramatic solutions that improved the functions of the man-machine interface. This took place month after month, year after year. That’s what allowed the industry to say, ‘Let’s continue to let the LED development go on.’ It was just constant innovation,” Pervaiz said. “I think in the first 25 years, I made, or was asked to create, one new product every day, 365 days a year.”
The industry began to change in 2000. Major players like Philips and General Electric entered, and Chinese companies flooded the market with cheap LED lights.
Today, the LED industry is massive — and growing. A recent report projected the US market for architectural, residential, and outdoor LED lighting will grow from a little over $26 billion in 2016 to more than $54 billion in 2022.
With LED lighting so prevalent, installations have become too numerous or too bright and often use the wrong beam angle, Kelvin color, and lumens. Those factors contribute to light pollution outdoors — with white LED lights flooding streets, parking lots, and the sky — or an unwelcoming feeling inside a shop or office.
LEDtronics’ 35 years of experience and expertise provides businesses with applications that enhance the environments of employees and customers while avoiding the misuse of LEDs that contribute to pollution and that uninviting environment.
Pervaiz said the modern challenge is using LED lights correctly instead of flooding streets, parking lots, offices, and retail shops with bright light.
“In LED lighting, less is more if it is done the right way,” he said.
Focused on Meeting the Lighting Needs of a Wide Customer Base
When a potential client approaches LEDtronics, the process begins with a consultation and an assessment of their current lighting setup. LEDtronics evaluates the lighting for the building, walkways, and parking lot as well as any security-related needs.
Pervaiz said that such a detailed process ensures every customer gets a solution that meets their unique needs.
“We are a total lighting solution company. We guide clients into lighting the right way. We don’t just quickly make a sale and then disappear,” Pervaiz said.
Retail shops, restaurants, hotels, and offices each have different requirements. For example, LED technology provides hotels with energy efficient lighting 24/7 and better optical acuity for improved security. It also generates less heat, which reduces the cost of cooling a building.
Inside retail stores, softer lights are more welcoming, setting a pleasant mood and enhancing the customer experience.
Today, Pervaiz said he sees that the exterior of shopping plazas often have thousands of misused LED lights. He said those businesses would improve visibility and attract more customers with soft LED lighting around the perimeter in a color “that defines them.”
“A lot more can be done to improve the experience,” Pervaiz said. “Don’t overdo it. Don’t underdo it. Don’t do it with the wrong beam angle, Kelvin color, and lumens.”
Educating Industries on Light Pollution and Trends
LEDtronics strives to educate the industry and public officials about the proper use of LED lighting. Pervaiz is particularly focused on how the rapid growth in the use of LED lighting has exacerbated the problem of light pollution.
One study showed that LED lights have increased the amount of artificial light coming from Earth’s surface by 2% each year for the last four years.
Light pollution blocks out the night sky and negatively affects nocturnal animals and plants. It can also lead to human health problems. For example, bright white LED street and outdoor lighting in residential areas can disrupt sleeping patterns, Pervaiz said.
The US can lead the way in addressing the light pollution issue by retrofitting existing old generation and new LED installations with wrong Kelvin colors to a softer light and introducing dark sky friendly lighting colors.
Pervaiz pointed to the outdoor lighting regulations in California’s Title 24 Energy Efficiency Standards as one example of a policy put in place to address the problem. The standards include wattage allowances for different types of outdoor lighting — including parking lots, outdoor dining areas, and business signage — to mitigate light pollution.
Pioneering LED Technology and Striving to Improve the Industry
LEDtronics began when the LED industry was in its infancy. Pervaiz recalls when LED bulbs had a luminous intensity of 10 to 20 millicandela, which is less than that of a common wax candle. Today, bulbs can reach an intensity of hundreds or thousands of candela.
“We’ve seen a million miles of innovation in the LED industry,” he said.
LEDtronics has been a major part of that innovation, developing new products and applications as a valuable resource for customers and the industry alike.
Clients benefit from the company’s 35 years of experience and expertise. The industry, meanwhile, has access to the knowledge of a pioneering company that has been around since the beginning and seeks to bring positive change with solutions that address lighting challenges head on.
“I think the future will bring an increase in the proper use of LED lighting. That may mean redoing the lighting in large areas of cities,” Pervaiz said. “I think the pendulum swung too far, and now people are going to take corrective action.”