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Mr. Mohd. Rafi, Managing Director of Delhi based Abdullah Lighting System shares his views on the
growing popularity of LED’s in India. He also elaborates Abdullah Lighting System’s commitment to
provide customized lighting solutions to its customers.

Mr. Rafi said, “Until recently, LED’s were limited to single bulb use in applications such as instrument
panels, electronics, pen lights and more recently, strings of indoor and outdoor Christmas lights.
Manufacturers have expanded the application of LEDs by using the same for general purpose lighting
such as LED down lights as replacement to the CFL, T5/T8 Tube Ceiling Lights etc. Today, LED lights are
made using array of LED’s and encased in diffuser lenses which spread the light in wider beams.

He added that LED lights also use between 50 and 80 percent less energy than an incandescent
bulb. “LED lights are considerably less expensive to operate over its life time with virtually zero
maintenance. LED Lights do not cause heat build-up; LEDs produce 3-4 btu’s/hour, compared to 85 for
incandescent bulbs. This also cuts down on air conditioning costs in the home, office, shop etc.

Mr. Rafi emphasized that LED Lights are four times more efficient than a regular incandescent light bulb
and last 10 times as long. Small size of the LED light source coupled with latest trends in electronic LED
drivers, manufacturers are able to design LED light fixtures which are much more compact and sleek
compared to other conventional lighting sources.

Mr. Rafi pointed out that LED lights are most suitable for the solar lighting because of the low power
requirement. Using solar panels becomes more practical and less expensive than running an electric line
or using a generator for lighting.

Mr. Rafi shared that customers are seeking LED lights to be used for the following applications :
a) Cove Lighting : LED flexible strips are now being used in abundance for cove lighting due to its low
cost and flexible construction. It is becoming a perfect replacement to tube lights which were used up to
now.
b) Replacement for halogen bulbs : A 35 watt halogen bulb is easily replaced by a 6W LED bulb thus
saving more than 80% energy. Besides, halogen bulbs have a lifetime of maximum 5000 hours compared
to 50.000 hours of that of its replacement LED Lamp.
c) LED Down Lights
d) LED Street Lights
In reply to question, Mr. Rafi said that the areas that would greatly benefit from the energy-saving
characteristics of LEDs would definitely be street lighting. Façade lighting for building, monuments etc.
and as replacements for halogens and tube lights in interior lighting.

Mr. Mohd. Rafi told ELE Times that people in general are more aware of the existence of an LED and
its use for different lighting applications. Till now people thought that LEDs were only being used for
panel lights, traffic lights and torch lights. But with the internet, magazines, exhibitions, imports from
China, and education by Indian LED lighting manufacturers, people have realized the full potential of LED
lighting. Architects, interior decorators and electrical consultants are more aware about the technology
and have contributed the most in spreading awareness as they are directly responsible in implementing

replacement of conventional lights with LED lights in most of there designs. The government has also
played its role in giving excise benefits to LED light manufacturers and in implementing solar lights and
LED street light programmes.

“Because of the diverse use of the LED’s and the flexibility in designing lighting fixtures, we receive 1-
2 calls per day to meet the customized requirement of the customer using LED lights. For example, a
hotelier wished to incorporate LED strip lights with battery back up in the serving trays used in their
restaurant for use in events held at night. They also needed LED light with battery to be placed on each
of the tables replacing candles. This is one of the many calls that we get, “said Mr. Rafi. “We are well
equipped with R&D engineering team and well backed up with sophisticated software and equipments.
We also have regular liaisons with leading LED, optics. LED driver semiconductor manufacturers who
give their technical help as when required”, he added.

However, Mr. Rafi warned that the LED industry is witnessing cheap imports from China as many
traders fly to China for purchasing LED lights without having any knowledge of the product and end
up importing cheap products which do not even meet minimum quality standards expected from a
quality LED lighting product. “These products are sold without any guarantee and do not last long. There
are also many small manufacturers who go into manufacturing of LED lights without understanding
the technicalities of the LED and how the heat management and proper electronics is important for
optimum performance of the LED. Badly designed LED lighting products end up in overheating, faster
lumen depreciation, light discoloration and a much shorter life time.

“We at Abdullah Lighting System provide up to 3 years of warranty with option of repair and after sales
service even after the warranty period thus providing full value to the customer who is spending hard
earned money on a new technology.”

ELE Times International (New Delhi Print Media)
Issue
:
September/October 2011
Page No.
:
74
 
 
 








 
 
 
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Mr. Mohd. Rafi (Managing Director) Abdullah Lighting System shares his views on the growing popularity of LED’s and ABDULLAH LIGHTING SYSTEM’s commitment towards providing customized solutions in a chat with LED World.

Q. LED’s are now becoming an admissible choice in lighting solutions. What factors do you think are responsible for this growing acceptance?

There are a number of reasons why LED’s are now in the forefront.

1. Use of LED light for the general purpose lighting : LEDs are solid light bulbs which are extremely energy-efficient. Until recently, LEDs were limited to single bulb use in applications such as instrument panels, electronics, pen lights and more recently, strings of indoor and outdoor Christmas lights. Manufacturers have expanded the application of LEDs by using the same for general purpose lighting such as led down lights as replacement to the CFL, T5/T8 Tube Ceiling Lights etc. Today, LED lights are made using array of led’s and encased in diffuser lenses which spread the light in wider beams.

2. Power Saving : LED lights also use between 50 and 80 percent less energy than an incandescent bulb. LED lights are considerably less expensive to operate over its life time with virtually zero maintenance. LED Lights do not cause heat build-up; LEDs produce 3-4 btu’s/hour, compared to 85 for incandescent bulbs. This also cuts down on air conditioning costs in the home, office, shop.

3. Long Life : LED Lights are four times more efficient than a regular incandescent light bulb and last 10 times as long.

4. Compact Designs : Small size of the LED light source coupled with latest trends in electronic led drivers, manufacturers are able to design led light fixtures which are much more compact and sleek compared to other conventional lighting sources such as CFL, T8 tubes, Halogen bulbs etc. They consume lesser space and look more elegant and trendy.


5. Environmental benefits : LED home lighting requires only one third of the energy that an incandescent bulb will use. A single 18-watt LED light can replace a 75-watt incandescent and in the lifetime of the LED light, will save 570 kWh of energy. At a basic Rs. 4.00 per kilowatt rate, that equals Rs. 2250.00 in energy bill savings. By switching to low energy LED home lighting in your home, even one bulb will keep one half of a ton of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere through the lifetime of the bulb instead of using incandescent bulbs. Switching also keeps sulfur oxide and nuclear waste out of the atmosphere as well, leading to a cleaner world and one that will last much longer. By simply switching, our environment could easily revitalize itself

without having to deal with the excess carbon dioxide, sulfur oxide and nuclear waste emissions that are currently being released into the atmosphere every day. Even changing one lonely bulb in every home to LED home lighting would make a significant impact on the environment.


Most suitable for the solar lighting : Because of the low power requirement for LEDs, using solar panels becomes more practical and less expensive than running an electric line or using a generator for lighting.
Q. Which specific lighting purposes are customers seeking? For instance is there more demand for task lighting/general illumination/ decorative lighting?


To put this answer in a very practical way, customers are seeking LED lights to be used for the following application :

a) Cove Lighting : LED flexible strips are now being used in abundance for cove lighting due to its low cost and flexible construction. It is becoming a perfect replacement to tube lights which were used up to now.

b) Replacement for halogen bulbs : A 35 Watt halogen bulb is easily replaced by a 6W LED bulb thus saving more than 80% energy. Besides, halogen bulbs have a lifetime of maximum 5000 hours compared to 50,000 hours of that of its replacement LED lamp. .

c) LED Down Lights

d) LED Street Lights

Q. LEDs are energy-saving. Which areas would you foresee LEDs affecting power savings considerably in a city?

The areas that would greatly benefit from the energy-saving characteristics of LEDs would definitely be Street Lighting. Façade lighting for buildings, monuments etc and as replacements for halogens and tube lights in interior lighting.

Q. ABDULLAH LIGHTING SYSTEM commits to meet the demand for customized solutions. Do you think the customer is now more educated in understanding LED than 2-3 years back and how has Abdullah Lighting System equipped itself to provide the right solution?

People in general are more aware of the existence of an LED and its use for different lighting applications. Till now people thought that LEDs were only being used for panel lights, traffic lights and torch lights. But with the internet, magazines, exhibitions, imports from China, and education by Indian LED lighting manufacturers, people have realized the full potential of LED lighting. Architects, interior decorators and electrical consultants are more aware


about the technology and have contributed the most in spreading awareness as they are directly responsible in implementing replacement of conventional lights with LED lights in most of there designs. The government has also played its role in giving excise benefits to LED light manufacturers and in implementing solar lights and LED street light programmes.

Because of the diverse use of the LED’s and the flexibility in designing lighting fixtures, we receive 1-2 calls per day to meet the customized requirement of the customer using LED lights. For example, a hotelier wised to incorporate LED strip lights with battery back up in the serving trays used in their restaurant for use in events held at night. They also needed LED light with battery to be placed on each of the tables replacing candles. This is one of the many calls that we get.

We are well equipped with R&D engineering team and well backed up with sophisticated software and equipments. We also have regular liaisons with leading LED, optics. LED driver semiconductor manufacturers who give their technical help as when required.

Q. As LEDs are becoming more easily available, what should be in the customers’ know-how when it comes to buying LED products from non-specialized dealers in the market?

The LED industry is witnessing cheap imports from China as many traders fly to China for purchasing LED lights without having any knowledge of the product and end up importing cheap products which do not even meet minimum quality standards expected from a quality LED lighting product. These products are sold without any guarantee and do not last long.

There are also many small manufacturers who go into manufacturing of LED lights without understanding the technicalities of the LED and how the heat management and proper electronics is important for optimum performance of the LED. Badly designed LED lighting products end up overdriven with bad electronics resulting in overheating, faster lumen depreciation, light discoloration and a much shorter life time.

The above two examples end up as a bad experience for any customer who later thinks that LED lights are a bad investment and are technologically unstable.

We at ABDULLAH LIGHTING SYSTEM provide up to 3 years of warranty with option of repair and after sales service even after the warranty period thus providing full value to the customer who is spending hard earned money on a new technology.

Q. What are ABDULLAH LIGHTING SYSTEM ‘s future plans and projects?


ABDULLAH LIGHTING SYSTEM future plans include increasing the manufacturing facilities by installing latest 7 stage reflow soldering machine to meet the increasing demand. As for the product range, ABDULLAH LIGHTING SYSTEM has identified some of the key application areas which will witness maximum usage of LED lights for which new product designs are underway and will be launched in April-2011.

Mohd. Rafi
(Managing Director)
Abdullah Lighting System
E-mail : rafiuzzama@gmail.com

 
 

 

 
 
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