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Wednesday, March 28 2018

Let's modernize your lighting.

It is hard to find more bang for your buck than a LED retrofit will provide.  You can read up on the cost savings in our previous blog post and see some numbers.  The LED market has now become nearly comparable in cost with incandescent, fluorescent, as well as HID fixtures and the options are unlimited.  

Here are some questions to ask yourself before requesting a quote.  

1.  Are you pleased with the look and layout of your existing fixtures? If so, then a simple replacement of the lamp with a new LED type lamp would be a quick and easy retrofit.  If not, then you'll want to consider changing the entire fixture to a new modern LED fixture entirely.  

2.  Are you pleased with the current amount of light?  If not, you'll need to consider adding more lighting locations, changing the layout or increasing the amount of light with larger lumen output.  

3  What is the voltage of your current lighting?  Voltage is another important factor in planning your retrofit.  Typically, LED lamps have a self-selective range of 120v-277v, this will cover the majority of your standard lighting needs and usually have the shortest lead time to obtain.  If you have a 480v lighting system there are additional cost involved along with longer lead times on receiving the lighting package.

4.  What color lighting do you want?  These color temperatures are expressed by a kelvin rating or "k-rating".  Most LED lighting comes in a standard range of 3000k-6000k.  The lower kelvin rating will provide a warmer light (yellow/orange tone), similar to a traditional incandescent lamp.  The higher the kelvin rating, the whiter or even bluer your lighting will become.  The chart pictured below will provide a visual assessment of the LED color scales available.

Now that you have the information necessary, all that remains is deciding if a retrofit is right for you. 

Interior Lighting Retrofits

The most common interior retrofits are performed on standard 2’x4’ fluorescent lay-in type fixtures or recess can lighting in your office areas and high-bay fixtures in a warehouse/storage area settings.  

In an office setting the color temperature will come down to personal preference.  While in a lab or manufacturing environment you will want to install lamps with a higher kelvin rating to provide a percieved brighter or "whiter" work environment. 

Below is a recent interior warehouse lighting upgrade we performed for a manufacturing facility, the end result is quite literally night and day.

Exterior Lighting Retrofits

Exterior lighting upgrades will not only enhance the value and appeal of your property, they will provide you with a much safer environment.  A well-lit exterior will help deter the wrong people from loitering around your property as well provide you and your employees with enough lighting to feel comfortable entering or exiting the property. 

Some typical exterior upgrades include:

  • wall pack lighting
  • Street lighting
  • Pole lighting
  • Soffit lighting
  • Aimable flood lights for signage and flag poles.

Exterior lighting is typically specified at a higher kelvin rating and in most situations a "whiter" light is desired. More so than your interior lighting, voltage will be slightly more critical in the design of your LED exterior lighting.  Though there are plenty of options for any voltage you have available.  The 480v retrofit will have additional cost involved, and at times it will make more sense financially to replace the fixture with an LED model as opposed to performing a retrofit of existing fixtures.  Either way, the end result will be an upgrade to the function and aesthetics of your lighting system. 

Would you like to discuss an LED Retrofit or Installation?  Email us now and let's create a custom solution for your business or home.

*This free report has been provided by Chris Svarplaitis / Project Manager: www.directserviceusa.com - 1.866.3.DIRECT.  | The Rice-Tinsley Corp.