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28 April, 2021

LED lighting is one of the fastest technology shifts in human history. Its creators were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics. Is there a reason why you haven’t tackled an LED retrofit in your building yet?

The technology speaks for itself. LED lighting is efficient, up to 85% more so than incandescent light bulbs, and up to 40% more efficient than fluorescent. 90% of energy used by traditional lights is lost by heat – LEDs lose just 10%. That energy efficiency results in major cost savings. By 2027, it’s estimated that LED lighting will have generated $30 billion in savings (in today’s energy prices) in the U.S – that’s the equivalent of the annual output of 44 large energy plants.

Prices have dropped and continue to. It wasn’t long ago that LED bulbs were significantly more expensive than older models. Prices have dropped significantly, and they are forecasted to continue to become more affordable.

There are related savings to consider. Many LED bulbs will last 35,000 to 50,000 hours. That’s three to five years, so consider the savings on replacement bulbs and associated maintenance costs.

Embracing the future. As buildings become smarter via the rise of the Internet of Things, LEDs are a particularly well-poised technology. Many modern lighting systems use timers, occupancy sensors and other high-tech features to control operation. LED lights turn on instantly, aren’t negatively affected by frequent on/off switching, and work well with dimmers.

Your retrofit options. Converting to LED is simple. In some cases, LED bulbs can simply be placed in your old fixtures. It’s quick and easy, but you may not get the bulb longevity of other retrofit methods, encounter problems if you have dimmers – plus you’re limited by the maximum wattage of your existing fixture.

Retrofit kits are available to upgrade the fixture to fully accommodate LED bulbs and all their benefits – without the disruption and cost of opening up the wall or ceiling around the fixture.

Replacement of entire fixtures is another possibility – albeit the priciest one – that will bring your building up to speed with the latest in light technology.

Things to consider.

  • LEDs act different than your traditional lighting. They throw light in a more directional way, and may change the way the light looks in your building. Sometimes a retrofit may have to include a bit of tinkering to get that light in the places you most need it.
  • LEDs also throw off very little heat, and that can translate into savings in cooling costs in hot climates.
  • It’s suggested that cool LED light may improve the productivity of occupants.

Incentives, galore. Sound good? Free money is even better. Many levels of government offer some pretty lucrative incentives that could apply to a retrofit project. Check out https://www.dsireusa.org to search for state incentives that may be applicable to your project.

Have questions about how a LED retrofit can work in your building? Get in touch.

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