Lighting supplier and Original Equipment Manufacturer LED Waves has announced several upcoming changes to the Genesys 3.0: their exclusive 4 foot LED T8 tube made in the USA. A retrofit solution for overhead fluorescent lighting in the home or workplace, the Genesys is designed to improve quality of light while reducing maintenance costs with its longer lasting, high performance LEDs.
The diodes used in the Genesys LED T8 tube have been updated to the Philips LUXEON M 3535L. Provided by the same makers of the LEDs used in the Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball, this brand is noted for high efficacy and color consistency. The line’s “Freedom from Binning” feature provides uniform Correlated Color Temperature and flux from one LED light to the next.
Designed to make living and working environments more pleasing to the human eye, the Genesys employs 96 LEDs per board to achieve bright, even light distribution. The T8’s minimum CRI of 80 improves visibility and concentration by replicating qualities of daylight. Each LED tube features a unique overhead reflector that maximizes useful light by directing it downwards in a 120 degree beam angle, illuminating working areas of the room.
LED Waves has made two driver options available for the Genesys 3.0 LED T8 tube light. The 20 Watt version provides the most energy savings and produces approximately 1,700 lumens. The 38 Watt version delivers an industry-leading 2,500 lumens. The LED driver, which is used in place of the ballast in a fluorescent fixture, comes bundled with each T8 tube to make installation simple.
These features enhance the other advantages LEDs hold over fluorescent technology. Composed of mercury and other toxic gases encased in fragile glass tubes, fluorescent T8s are prone to breakage and have a typical operating life between 6,000 and 15,000 hours. The sturdy, glass-free construction of the Genesys T8 tube, combined with the 50,000 hour lifetime of the components inside, significantly reduces maintenance costs associated with replacing burnt out ceiling lights. Like their other LED lights made in the USA, LED Waves places a five year warranty on the Genesys T8 tube. (Read more about the benefits of replacing ballasted technologies with solid state lighting retrofits at LEDwaves.com/Fluorescent-Replacement.)
Installed in pairs, the Genesys 3.0 meets DesignLights Consortium criteria for a two by four foot LED troffer light fixture to qualify for non-residential building rebates. LED Waves plans to release this retrofit unit in 2014.