There's no doubt that LED Lighting has swept the traditional lighting markets, and that has happened for many good reasons. This development has been further aided by the availability of LED retrofit kits which allow operators to shift to LED Lighting without upgrading their existing infrastructure. Furthermore, an LED retrofit is a cheaper option and requires no special tools for their installation.
As LEDs get more affordable with improving technology, the days of high utility bills are almost over. Prices of LED Lights have been falling for the past five years and with easy affordability, high efficiency, durability and low maintenance, they make it so obvious for operators to go for them, instead of choosing traditional lights.
Upgrading old and inefficient halogens can yield a lot of benefits and making the shift is much easier with so many options made available by LED manufacturers. LED Retrofit Lowbays, LED Retrofit Can Lights (LED Recessed Light Retrofit), T5, T12, T8 LED Retrofit tubes, LED downlight retrofit, etc. - operators have multitudes of retrofit options to choose from to start capitalizing on better energy efficiency and savings, without spending on installation.
Operators and facility owners have 6 major pros to consider when considering an LED retrofit upgrade:
1. Attractive Local Utility Rebates
While the idea of LED Lighting Rebates might seem far-fetched, they bolster the benefits of LED lighting solutions. With their short-term benefits, rebates make investing in LEDs much easier. Of the 2,500 utility companies in the United States, 800 of them offer some form of a rebate for LED lighting projects and it is important to understand that rebate programs are managed on the state and municipal levels and vary across the country.
2. Toolless Easy Installation
Most Retrofit LED lights come with plug-and-play options. They offer the easiest and the cheapest way to switch to LEDs by simply allowing operators to fix the LED source into an existing lighting infrastructure. This essentially brings down the cost of dismantling and installing put into an LED lighting upgrade.
3. Site Safety
The image on the left shows the facility with its traditional halogen wall pack lamps. The one on the right is a more recent one with an LED retrofit upgrade. Apart from using a lot of energy to light up the space, these legacy lights leave behind dark spots which are clearly visible on the image in the left.
One of the major advantages of upgrading to LEDs is safety, which is often overlooked. Being highly inefficient legacy lighting systems waste almost 90% of their input energy into heat. LED lighting wastes very little energy by emitting heat, which is one of the hazards that plague most facilities. They even run on low voltage systems because of their low energy needs, which are generally much safer.
4. Reduced Energy Costs
LED retrofits can achieve a significant reduction in energy costs by their efficiency alone. Depending on the type of application, they can achieve almost 60% or more on lighting costs. This can be further increased by their use in conjunction with smart controls. Furthermore, LEDs emit less heat, thus bringing down HVAC costs as well.
5. Better Light Quality
LED retrofit upgrades don't just offer its operators with energy efficiency, but also better light quality. This is one of the aspects which make LEDs the right lighting choice to improve the aesthetics of a facility and cover up dark spots to limit areas of potential safety hazards. Possibility to tune CCTs or dim the light to suit workers, better CRI, etc. all-in-all leads to better productivity as a worker's learning center is stimulated by crisp colors and glare-free lighting.
The two images are of a Church. It's 250W Metal Halide Lighting was upgraded with 80W LED UFO High Bays. As evident, the Church is now blessed with glare-free bright lighting making everything look crisp.
6. Lower Operations and Maintenance Costs
Being a newer technology, LEDs have a longer lifespan in comparison to their traditional counterparts. This makes them less prone to requiring periodic maintenance and replacement. Retrofitting with LEDs saves time, energy and money to re-lamp in areas where services are difficult to access as they are more reliable.