7 Things You Should Know About LED Retrofitting
Converting to LED lighting is expected to save billions of dollars and use at least 75 percent less energy over time. But we’re still years away from complete conversion, especially in the commercial industry.
Still, if you’re thinking about making the switch, there are good reasons to consider it now. Let’s dive into 7 things you should know about the LED retrofitting process.
What is LED retrofitting?
You already have a lighting system in place. And switching to LED doesn’t mean you have to start over from ground zero. Instead, you add in the new light source while maintaining the original lighting system integrity.
Retrofitting or replacement?
This is a question only you and your electrician can answer. It depends on what you currently have in place. Full replacement may be necessary if your lighting system is old and falling apart. But if your fixtures are in great shape, why get rid of a good structure? Retrofitting can be a great option, especially in larger facilities where budgets come into play. Retrofitting gives the benefits of adding energy and money saving LED technology, without the added expense of an entire lighting system upgrade.
Why switch to LED at all?
LED has many benefits over other commercial lighting options.
- It can reduce energy costs by as much as 70 percent
- It can take away noise disruptions – no buzzing or flickering ever
- It can decrease maintenance costs – they last 2 to 3 times as long
- It has a higher color rendering index
And all of that’s just the start. If you’re reading this and considering it, do it. It just makes sense.
Is LED retrofitting difficult?
It depends. If you’ve never done it before, it can be a very tedious process. But for our fully trained electrical technicians, it isn’t a difficult process at all. It’s a matter of replacing things like existing lamps, ballasts, brackets, and sockets with new technology.
How much energy will I save?
You can expect to save as much as 70 percent of your energy costs. Of course, it all depends on your unique situation. We can cover this more when we look at your place.
Is retrofitting cheaper than replacing?
In most cases, the answer is yes. Buying all new fixtures is expensive. Replacing only the parts needed for the retrofitting process is almost always cheaper. Don’t forget to take into consideration disposal – you’ll almost always have disposal costs when you replace an entire system.
How long will LED last?
Depending on what is installed, you can expect LED technology to last 2 to 3 times as long. That means you’ll have lower replacement costs, as well as fewer maintenance costs. It gives your maintenance crew the time to do other things.
Are you ready for LED retrofitting throughout your property?