There are many post top options on the market today, and so the consumer is left trying to decide which one to choose. Let us tell you why we think you should consider ours.
Reliability of LED Post Tops
We spend a lot of time researching our products. We visit the factories. We see the production lines. We talk to the engineers. We have tested several other brands and we feel we have an extremely reliable dependable LED Post Top to offer you. As a buyer, you want a product that will last a long time. As a supplier, we want a product that will last a very long time. And with our Post Tops, we found this! When we visited the factory, we happened to notice that this product was private labeled for one of the major LED supply companies in the USA. The only difference between their product and ours is the packaging and price (we think our prices are better). And after selling this product for the past 5 years, our low warranty claims on our post tops atest to the reliability of the product.
The True Test: How does the LED Product Handle Heat?
Heat is the kryptonite of LED. It is the destroyer of LED's, drivers and all things electronics. So if you want to know how good your product is, install it inside a completely enclosed fixture, turn it on and let it run for a very long time. Good products will last, bad products will fail. This is the ultimate test. Our lights are designed to run inside a completely enclosed fixture. Before you purchase your post top light, make sure it was designed to be installed in a completely enclosed fixture. We know its something that you wouldn't think you should ask, but it's better to vet this out now than have to deal with warranty issues later. But even before that, the product should be tested before it shipts to you. That is why every Post Top Retrofit light is burned in for 24 hours at the factory before it hits our warehouse. This is critical in discovering those products that might have faulty electronics. And its a sign of a manufacturer who really knows what they are doing and care about the product they are selling.
Want to know how long a manufacturer will think their product will last? Check the warranty!
We all see it. LEDs with great prices, 2 year warranty. Guess what happens at 2 years 1 day? You are on borrowed time. Our LED Post Tops are warrantied for 5 years. And all warranty claims are processed with us, in the USA. And while we would like to think that none of the products we sell fail, sometimes they do. And we stand behind our products. That is why it is important we sell the best product we can find. While there are 'cheaper' post tops available, we have been selling these LED Post Tops for years and the reason we still sell them is because they rarely fail. That's good for you and its good for us!
UL Listed for Safety
All our LED Post Tops are UL Listed. Make sure that the post tops you are looking at are either UL or ETL Listed. CE is a European Standard, and is not a USA standard. Also, our LED Post Top retrofit kits are designed to replace HID lights in the existing fixture and still maintain the fixtures UL or ETL safety rating
Will you have to bypass the ballast?
Yes. Our lights require AC power, 100-277V. So you will have to remove or bypass the HID ballast in the fixture. Any voltage between 100 and 277V is fine, the LED Driver inside the fixture will convert the voltage automatically.
Internal or External Driver
Want or need an external driver? Our LED Post Top Retrofits can be ordered either with an internal or external driver. There are reasons why you may want an external driver Post Top, and if you do, we can supply that. For the most part, 99% of all LED Post Tops we sell have internal drivers. On occasion, our customers wish for and need an external driver solution. And we can provide that for them (special order) when it is required.
The next big question is what color temperature should you consider getting. Here are some general rules we tell our customers. First, when vendors talk about day white or warm white, this is not a universal standard. Different manufacturers use different terms, one may call day white and it represents 3500K (to them) and another company may call it Day White and to them that represents 4200K. The only standard is Kelvin.
So what Kelvin should you consider? To replace Metal Halide, choose a light around 5000K. If you want a real warm light, select around 2700K-3000K. If you want something that's in the middle of those 2 options, select 4000K. 6000K is extremely harsh white blue-ish light.