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Troffer Lighting - LED vs Fluorescent Lamp

Troffer lighting, also known as recessed troffer lights or drop ceiling lights, is a popular lighting solution for commercial and institutional settings. These fixtures are designed to be installed in a ceiling grid and offer uniform illumination across the space. In recent years, LED technology has become a more popular choice over traditional fluorescent troffers due to its energy efficiency and longer lifespan.

What is Troffer Lighting?

Troffer lighting is a type of fixture that is typically recessed into a ceiling grid. These fixtures provide ambient lighting for commercial and institutional settings such as offices, schools, hospitals, and retail spaces. Troffer lights typically have a flat or curved lens that is designed to evenly distribute light across the room. The fixtures can be made with either LED or fluorescent lighting technology.

Where is Troffer Lighting Most Commonly Used?

Residential homes – in living rooms, bedrooms, and kitchens

Commercial spaces – in offices, conference rooms, and reception areas

Hospitality settings – in hotels, restaurants, and bars

Retail stores – in display cases, fitting rooms, and shelving units

Rectangular LED Flush Mount Ceiling Light

There are several advantages to using LED lights over fluorescent lamps for embedded:

1.Energy efficiency

One of the main advantages of using LED technology over fluorescent is energy efficiency. LED lights are highly energy-efficient compared to fluorescent lamps, as they require less power to produce the same amount of light. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, LED lights use at least 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs, and last 25 times longer. In the case of embedded cove lighting, LED lights can provide a brighter and more uniform illumination with a lower wattage, which translates into significant energy savings and lower electricity bills.

For example, a 4-foot fluorescent light typically uses around 40 watts of energy, while a 4-foot LED light uses only around 18 watts of energy. If you were to replace 10 fluorescent lights with LED lights, you could potentially save over $300 per year on your energy bill.


Another advantage of using LED technology over fluorescent is longevity. LED lights can last up to 50,000 hours or more, while fluorescent lamps typically last between 10,000 to 15,000 hours,this means that LED fixtures can last up to 3-5 times,not only saves money on replacement costs but also reduces the amount of waste generated from discarded light bulbs.Moreover, LED lights do not contain mercury, which is a hazardous material that requires special disposal procedures and can pose a health risk to humans and the environment.

3.Color Rendering

LED lights have a better color rendering index (CRI) than fluorescent lamps, which means they can display colors more accurately and vividly. The CRI measures the ability of a light source to reproduce colors in comparison to a natural light source, such as sunlight. Canco LED lighting fixtures can have a CRI of 80 or higher, while fluorescent lamps typically have a CRI of 70 or lower. This is particularly important in environments where color accuracy is critical, such as art galleries, showrooms, and retail stores.

4.Color temperature

LED lamps offer a wider range of color temperatures(CCT) than fluorescent lamps, which means they can be customized to suit different preferences and settings. For example, Canco Lighting  available CCT 3000K, 4000K, 6000K ,LED lamps can be adjusted to produce warm, cool or neutral white light, whereas fluorescent lamps typically produce cool white light.


LED lights are also more durable than fluorescent lights. They are made from solid-state components, which makes them less susceptible to damage from vibrations or impacts. In addition, LED lights do not contain fragile glass tubes, which means they are less likely to break and release hazardous materials.

6.Instant on

LED lights turn on instantly, whereas fluorescent lights can take a few seconds to warm up and reach full brightness. This makes LED lights a better option for spaces where immediate illumination is required, such as hallways or staircases.

7. Design Flexibility

LED lights come in a variety of shapes and sizes, which makes them highly adaptable to different design needs. They can be embedded in tight spaces or used to create complex patterns and shapes. For example, Canco LED curved light, bend aluminum profile in different shapes, suspended, surface mounted, recessed mounted.In addition,  available dimming DALI, 0-10V, 1-10V, PWM,which makes the design more flexible and customizable.

Curved Ceiling Light

Troffer Lighting is a popular choice in commercial and institutional environments, and using LED lights has several advantages over traditional fluorescent lights. LED lights are more energy efficient, last longer, have better light quality, are more flexible in design, and are more environmentally friendly. As LED technology continues to improve, LED lights are likely to become more popular in the future.


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