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There are several types of LED
Although many of the new chandeliers in
Pelican's inventory are outfi tted with LED
bulbs, there is still plenty of demand for
those utilizing conventional bulbs, as shown
here. As such, chandeliers with conventional
bulbs will be available to Pelican's
rental customers for the foreseeable future,
even as more of the overall lighting stock
transitions to LED solutions. Photographer:
Capture by JC; photo courtesy of Pelican
Tents & Events LLC.
Although conventional ixtures still
have their place, mainly because of
customers' budget considerations,
Todd says BML is also in the process of
whittling down its stock of these.
" We used to have almost 10 million
watts of dimming for conventional
lighting but we sold over 90 percent of
this off, " he says. " I believe in another
two years or so we won't see any
conventional ixtures. "
LED FIXTURES ARE
POPULAR FOR MANY
REASONS, SUCH
AS REDUCED POWER
CONSUMPTION
AND OUTPUT.
-ERIC TODD, BML-BLACKBIRD
THE LED ADVANTAGE
LED ixtures are popular for many
reasons, such as reduced power
consumption and output, says Todd,
mentioning their output is anywhere
from 1/8 to 1/10 that of conventional
lights/ixtures. This takes away the heat
element that can damage tent fabric
and be dangerous to the touch. Unlike
some conventional (dimmable tungsten)
lighting ixtures that utilize much heavier
cable, LED ixtures require less and
smaller cabling, making concealment
under carpeting or matting easier. Also
desirable is their ability to change color.
" Conventional lighting ixtures do
not change color without adding an
expensive color changing accessory
that is completely out of fashion, " Todd
explains. " For this reason, conventional
lighting ixtures have a gel ilter added in
a single color. The majority of LEDs have
vast color-changing capabilities. "
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ixtures, explains Todd. The broadbeamed
washes provide a light that
is more diffused and are commonly
used for tented events. The proile/
framing projector-type LEDs allow
users to put in gobos, very useful for
logos and branding or to frame light
very speciically, such as on a podium,
dance loor, stage, wedding cake and so
on. There are also the aforementioned
wireless, magnetic pin spots ( " extremely
popular " ) and LED retro/vintage
lighting. This latter is a " trend to watch, "
says Todd, especially the oversized
lamps with large ilaments.
The battery-operated LED ixtures-of
which there are a goodly amount that are
very high quality, says Todd-are also
often deployed to light up pathways or for
up-lighting trees, tent exteriors and so on.
Among their advantages is that they don't
present a trip-and-fall hazard, you can
drop them anywhere and they're ready
to go, with most operable by a wireless
control. They can also be programmed to
change color.
Mertens says he's seen customers
trending to shatter-resistant, acrylic
LED bulbs or lights.
" The LED bulbs allow the customers
to plug in more lighting together, use less
electricity, and because they are shatterresistant,
they don't need to be replaced
or even taken out of the sockets when
moving the lights, " he says. " Although these
currently have a higher upfront cost to
the customer, they're proving to be worth
the investment in labor hours saved and
not having to constantly buy and replace
traditional glass bulb options. "
" For these lighting solutions, we see
LED bulbs dropping in costs over time,
making them a more affordable option, "
Mertens says.
Pamela Mills-Senn is a writer based in
Seal Beach, Calif.

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