We had a call today from a customer. They were looking to retrofit their existing fixtures with LED. The competitor did a quote for them, and had recommended LED Post Tops as the retrofit bulb of choice for them. And this would have been a terrific solution if all their fixtures were acorn style pole mounted lights. But they weren’t, they were high bays, parking lot lights and show room lights. Yes. They are LED. Yes. They will save you money. But if you are trying to plow a field, you don’t buy a Porsche. You buy a tractor. The right vehicle for the job. And the same applies to LED.


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There are many reasons and advantages of LED street lights over HPS, Metal Halide, and any other HID light used in the street lighting industry. These advantages of LED street range from cost savings, higher quality of light, and overall better efficiency.


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We are very proud of our LED Retrofit Kits – the kits designed to replace Metal Halide and High Pressure Sodium bulb in the existing fixtures from 100 watts to 1000 watts. And while there are some competitive product available that look both similar, that’s where the similarity ends. LED Chipsets are different, as well as drivers, heat sinks, fans and even the way you mount them to the fixtures. And recently DesignLights Consortium came out with a new standard, Version 4, that allowed the most efficient LED Retrofit Kits a higher efficiency category. So be careful, there is no need to purchase DLC Standard LED Retrofit Kits when there are DLC Premium Qualified LED Retrofit Kits available. And this is important, because the more efficient the product is, the more you save. And the savings don’t end there. The whole reason for the more efficient standard was to offer larger utility rebates at time of purchase.


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A lot of time we are asked what is the equivalent LED product to convert from Metal Halide, High Pressure Sodium or Mercury Vapor. And a lot of time, we have a product in mind that works based on past experience. But how did we come up with that product, and how did we make the original decision on what was the proper replacement?


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Converting over from Metal Halide or High Pressure Sodium to LED seems to launch all the marketing catch phrases like “No Brainer”. But what should you be looking for? Are all LED Products the same? New fixtures versus retrofitting? Are overseas products scary? What are Industrial LED Lights? Maybe we can help clear the air.


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