Since the latter part of 2007, LED technology has evolved quite significantly. The components of these bulbs have advanced in terms of efficiency and lumen output, which has increased the brightness of the fixture. The fixtures have also been improved regarding power efficiency, energy, optics, drivers and are more adaptable with varying voltages. However, if you don’t currently use LEDs, you may wonder why these lights are better than what is currently installed? After all, investing in a LED retrofit project can be quite an investment.
Redo vs. LED Retrofit
Just like with any other lighting project, you need to consider a few questions to make sure that a retrofit is right for you.
Is a one-for-one replacement the best option, or do you want to redesign the existing lighting layout?
In a one-for-one replacement, you will use current lighting circuits and wiring. This is what the industry refers to as a retrofit project. Unfortunately, you may run into a few hiccups along the way, such as the LED fixtures not being compatible with the existing voltage. As a result, you may have to also adapt and install extra electrical circuits to accommodate the new LED fixtures. This is something the retrofit company you hire can tell you before starting the project.
Are the current light levels acceptable?
If you are happy with your existing light levels, there may not be a good reason for you to make a change. However, even though a retrofit project represents an investment up front, in the long run, it can provide you with significant energy savings that may make it worthwhile. Be sure to consider this carefully before keeping the existing lighting scheme in place.
What’s the condition and the voltage of the current circuitry and wiring?
There are some LED fixtures that are more easily installed based on the voltage in the facility. However, if you have wiring that is outdated and needs updating, then you can have the system configured so that it maximizes the efficiency of the new LED lighting being installed.
Do you want features such as motion control or dimming?
Adding an occupancy sensor can provide even more energy savings. LED lights are adaptable to this type of technology. Also, high quality LED fixtures can be dimmed, which provides occupants with even more control over the lighting in the space.
What level of energy savings should you expect?
The energy savings you see will depend on the fixture. Depending on the actual application, it is not unusual for you to see savings of 30 to 85 percent with your new LEDs compared to traditional lighting options.