In the dynamic realm of entertainment lighting, professionals from the industry are constantly looking ahead, exploring the future of various lighting technologies. Lighting technicians and designers are eager to gain insights into the potential role of all technologies. Allow us, ams OSRAM as the leading expert in both Halogen and LED, to “shed some light” on this topic.
Halogen lamps are the dominant technology used in entertainment lighting and have long been admired for their distinctive qualities, such as exceptional colour rendering, a warm aesthetic, and precise dimming capabilities—halogen lamps continue to shine. Productions that aim to capture authentic colour reproduction and evoke emotional depth often find halogen lamps to be an ideal choice. Their ability to create a unique visual experience, especially in artistic and theatrical settings, ensures their continued relevance.
Adaptability and flexibility are crucial considerations for professionals in the entertainment lighting industry. The adaptability of halogen fixtures enables lighting technicians and designers to customise lighting setups to meet the diverse demands of different stages, studios, and productions. The wide range of sizes, shapes, and beam angles available in halogen lighting fixtures ensures that they can be tailored to suit any space, providing lighting professionals with greater control and creative freedom.
Despite these benefits, however, there has been a growing trend towards LED technology for the past couple of years. As we know, LED technology offers several benefits, such as a long lifespan, energy efficiency, improved environmental performance, but also gives designers more freedom for their new designs. These and a few more advantages give us a clear sign that the future belongs to LED technology.
While LED lighting has made substantial advancements and captured the spotlight in recent years, the transition from halogen to LED is a gradual process. Many existing lighting systems and fixtures are designed for halogen lamps, making a complete shift to LED a significant investment. Consequently, halogen lamps are expected to continue playing a prominent role until a more comprehensive transition occurs.
As sustainability becomes increasingly important, professionals in the entertainment industry are mindful of the eco-friendliness of their lighting choices. Although halogen lamps are not as energy efficient as LEDs, they possess a distinct advantage in terms of recyclability. By utilising and adhering to recommended recycling methods, the environmental impact of halogen lamps can be minimised.
While LED fixtures are known for their superior energy efficiency, it is worth noting that halogen fixtures can potentially offer a longer lifespan due to the replaceability of the halogen lamps, making them a viable choice for certain applications. LED fixtures are composed of multiple components, including circuit boards, power supplies, fans, and LEDs, which are typically housed in a single unit. When an LED unit fails or becomes obsolete, the entire fixture often needs to be replaced, resulting in more waste. On the other hand, if a halogen bulb fails, it can be easily and inexpensively replaced without the need to discard the entire fixture. When considering environmental aspects, it is essential to weigh the energy efficiency of LED lighting against the waste generated by the disposal of entire LED units. Ultimately, the choice between halogen and LED lighting for entertainment productions should consider a balance between performance, cost-effectiveness, and environmental impact.
The adaptability and customisation options offered by halogen fixtures, combined with their cost-effectiveness and longevity, make them a compelling choice for professionals looking for versatile and reliable lighting solutions. Lastly, while LED fixtures have made advancements in heat dissipation technology, halogen lamps have historically been preferred in demanding production environments due to their established track record of effective heat management, ensuring optimal performance and safety even under extreme conditions. While LED lighting has its own merits, professionals with deep knowledge in the field understand the enduring benefits that halogen lighting brings to the world of entertainment.
There are always discussions on the future of halogen lamps, fuelled by the increasing popularity of LED lighting technology combined with energy efficiency legislation. Tungsten halogen lamps used in the Entertainment, Airfield, Medical, and other industrial industries are exempt from these regulatory acts, and due to their distinctive value, will remain desired light sources in the professional market for years to come. ams OSRAM stands out as a deep expert provider of these lighting solutions, continuing to make hundreds of thousands of lamps each year.
About ams OSRAM
The ams OSRAM Group (SIX: AMS) is a global leader in optical solutions. By adding intelligence to light and passion to innovation, we enrich people’s lives. This is what we mean by Sensing is Life.
With over 110 years of combined history, our core is defined by imagination, deep engineering expertise and the ability to provide global industrial capacity in sensor and light technologies. We create exciting innovations that enable our customers in the automotive, consumer, industrial and healthcare sectors maintain their competitive edge and drive innovation that meaningfully improves the quality of life in terms of health, safety and convenience, while reducing impact on the environment.
Our around 22,000 employees worldwide focus on innovation across sensing, illumination and visualization to make journeys safer, medical diagnosis more accurate and daily moments in communication a richer experience. Our work creates technology for breakthrough applications, which is reflected in over 15,000 patents granted and applied. Headquartered in Premstaetten/Graz (Austria) with a co-headquarters in Munich (Germany), the group achieved over EUR 4.8 billion revenues in 2022 and is listed as ams-OSRAM AG on the SIX Swiss Exchange (ISIN: AT0000A18XM4).
TrendForce 2023 Global LED Lighting Market Analysis-1H23
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