Can You Use LED Bulbs in Enclosed Fixtures?

Can You Use LED Bulbs in Enclosed Fixtures?

By Leah • Aug 22nd 2022

Why Can't I Use Any LED Bulb In An Enclosed Fixture?

If you have ever reached over to turn off the light before going to bed and accidentally grazed your arm on a flaming hot incandescent light bulb, you’ll know it’s the stuff of (minor) nightmares.

One of the key reasons LED lighting is today's preferred lighting technology is because of its energy efficiency. Being so energy efficient has the benefit of giving off less wasteful heat. This is not to say that LED lighting gives off no heat because, of course, the laws of physics still apply. Eliminating the potential problem of heat from LEDs is addressed by avoiding use in enclosed fixtures.

So, why can’t you use LED bulbs for enclosed fixtures exactly? The experts at OEO are here to break it down for you. In this guide, we’ll explain the science behind LED bulbs in an enclosed fixture and explain why proper ventilation is crucial to maintaining their efficiency, longevity, and safety.

What Are Enclosed Fixtures?

“Enclosed fixture” is a general term for many of the lighting fixtures we see on a daily basis, They may be chosen for many reasons, whether practical, aesthetic or both. Using an "open fixture" as an alternative, you'll find there is room for the light to breathe, improving the longevity of your new LED investment.

Enclosed fixtures are lighting fixtures which keep a tight seal around the light source. This could be for many reasons, such as keeping water out or simply to protect the circuitry underneath. However, even with certain LED lights, like high intensity discharge and incandescent lamps, the lighting is a heat source, and in enclosed fixtures the heat cannot dissipate easily.

The Problem With LED Bulbs in an Enclosed Fixture

When the heat doesn’t spread out, it stays within the enclosed fixture and results in more heat being passed along the LED bulb and LED driver itself. The LED and driver is unlikely to be hot enough to fail immediately, but it can eventually overheat, which can lead to failure over a period of time. This means LEDs do not last as long as expected, losing some of the cost savings properties, which influenced you to buy LEDs in the first place.

By choosing the right LED bulbs for your legacy fixtures, you can enjoy efficient, long-lasting lighting without the drawbacks associated with heat buildup in an enclosed space. This careful selection is essential for maintaining the benefits of LED lighting in various applications, from your home to commercial settings.

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Can Any LED Bulb Be Used in an Enclosed Fixture?

Unfortunately, due to the heat entrapment of enclosed fixtures, not all LED light bulbs can be used in them. Or perhaps it is better to say that they should not be used. It may still be possible to use your regular LED bulb in the enclosed fixture but get ready for a shortened life span of your LED and the potential for premature dimming. This is the case for most industrial lighting as well as home fixtures and may raise other safety problems.

This doesn’t mean there is no solution. There are many LED lamps which are perfectly fine to be used in an enclosed space. These LED light bulbs are specially designed to be used in tightly fixed encasements and housings without overheating the bulb. They will better regulate the temperature by regulating the current, prolong the life of the LED and provide a better LED experience.

There are also certain LED alternatives that can replace the old enclosed fixture with an LED light fixture. Sometimes you get a longer life and not use as much power in the process.

How to Find LED Light Bulbs for Enclosed Fixtures

Finding the right LED light bulbs for enclosed fixtures is crucial for ensuring optimal performance and longevity. When selecting LED bulbs for an enclosed fixture, look for products specifically labeled as suitable for such use. These light bulb types are designed to handle the heat buildup that can occur in enclosed spaces. Brands like OEO Energy Solutions offer a variety of LED lights for enclosed fixtures that provide energy efficiency and reliable illumination. Always check the product specifications to ensure compatibility with your light bulbs for enclosed fixtures, ensuring you maintain both safety and efficiency in your lighting setup.

Replacing Your Enclosed Fixtures: 4 Alternatives for Your Business

Upgrading your business's lighting solutions can significantly enhance energy efficiency and safety. Here are five alternatives from OEO Energy Solutions that are perfect for replacing your enclosed fixtures:

LED High Bay Lights

For large commercial spaces such as warehouses or manufacturing plants, consider upgrading to LED High Bay Lights. These LED fixtures are designed to provide bright, even lighting while minimizing heat buildup, making them ideal for high ceilings and large open areas. Their long lifespan and energy efficiency make them a cost-effective alternative to traditional enclosed fixtures. These LED light bulbs offer superior heat dissipation and are perfect for industrial applications.

LED Vapor Tight Fixtures

LED Vapor Tight Fixtures are an excellent choice for environments that require protection against moisture and dust. These LED fixtures are perfect for parking garages, car washes, and other damp or dirty locations. Their durable construction and efficient lighting ensure reliable performance while protecting the LED components from harsh conditions. These enclosed rated bulbs are designed to withstand challenging environments, making them a reliable choice for various industrial settings.

LED Panels

For indoor commercial spaces like offices and retail areas, LED Panel lights offer a sleek and modern alternative to traditional enclosed fixtures. These panels provide uniform, glare-free lighting and can be easily integrated into suspended ceilings. Their low profile and efficient design make them a great choice for enhancing the aesthetics and functionality of your indoor spaces. These fixtures are ideal for ceiling lights and provide even light distribution across large areas.

LED Troffer Fixtures

Upgrade your office or commercial lighting with LED Troffer Fixtures. These ceiling light fixtures are designed for drop ceilings and provide excellent, even illumination that reduces glare and enhances productivity. LED troffers are energy-efficient and have a long lifespan, making them a practical and cost-effective solution for large indoor areas. These LED light fixtures are perfect for replacing traditional incandescent bulb solutions and provide superior energy savings.

Finding the Right Lighting Solution For Your Needs

By replacing your enclosed fixtures with these advanced LED solutions from OEO Energy Solutions, you can enhance the lighting quality, safety, and energy efficiency of your business. Explore our range of LED lighting products to find the perfect fit for your needs.

If you have any questions about your specific LED lighting needs, please reach out to our team of lighting experts at (800) 553-2112 or email [email protected].