Induction technology is also commonly known as electrodeless technology. There is no filament or electrode inside the bulb but rather it is composed of a current rectifier, hollow discharge bulb and a coupler. Induction offers superior properties over incandescent and HID technology.
The average induction lamp gives 6-8 times more light than the same wattage incandescent lamp. Induction technology has an extremely long life expectancy. Due to these two advantages alone induction will be suitable for applications that require high rates of light output as well as areas that are difficult or costly to reach and change the lights.
The extra long life is attributable to the absence of a filament or electrode. The induction lamp lasts over 60,000 hours or 6-8 years on average. It is 10 times the life of T8/T12 fluorescents and 12 times that of metal halide lamps.
The high efficiency and energy-saving aspects are attributable to the fact that induction produces 60lm/W and a near perfect power factor of 0.98. Induction lamps are generally 80% more efficient that T8/T12 fluorescents and 50% more efficient than high pressure sodium lamps.
Induction technology is environmentally sound. It does not contain electromagnetic pollution and has a high brightness to low glare ratio. The technology is run on electronic ballasts therefore giving the user instant start and restart. There is no preheat time as with conventional HID technology.
Induction has a high color rendering index of 80 or more and a choice of colors. The light closely resembles the most nature light source – the sun and can be harmonized with any environment.