LED Lighting for Schools and Educational Facilities
Schools and Educational Facilities can certainly benefit from all the
features that converting over to LED lighting for schools and
educational facilities. Improved light levels, better working
environment for staff and students, creating a safer environment by
removing fluorescent tubes (and the mercury contained within)
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That's above the obvious benefits of significant energy savings as well as reduced lighting maintenance. So why wouldn't cash strapped schools and school districts convert over to LED now? Capital Investment? The truth of the matter is schools fall into the class of high use facilities. A combination of high use, cost of electricity and available rebates allow schools to find quick paybacks when converting over to LED. And once the investment is paid off, then it's on to years of savings.
Outdoor School LED Lighting Systems
Outdoor Lighting systems in schools and educational facilities typically consists of outdoor parking, field light, general security lighting and sport field lighting. In parking lots, we typically see flood lights and area lights such as shoe boxes. Most tend to be Metal Halide and High Pressure Sodium light sources. Most lights tend to be either 250W, 400W or 1000W. Field lighting tends to be sport light or high mast technology.
There are two options when it comes to converting to LED systems. You can replace your existing fixture or, if your fixtures are in good shape, retrofit them with one of our LED Retrofit for MH and HPS Kits. Generally speaking, retrofitting is far more cost effective than replacing your existing fixtures. Retrofitting allows you to re-use your existing fixtures. The retrofit kits are ETL Listed and DLC Premium Qualified, They are safe and eligible for the highest rebates available from your utility company.
Our retrofit kits are built to last and are backed with a 10 year warranty. So in terms of reliability, there is no reason to choose a new fixture over a retrofit solution because your investment in either will not be shortened by shorter life cycle of the retrofit.
If your fixtures are old, failing or leaking water, then it makes sense to replace your existing fixtures, Retrofit kits require a dry environment, installing them into a fixture that leaks or has yellowed lenses does not make sense.
Lights you find outdoors in a School
LED High Mast Lights are the perfect replacement for metal halide and high pressure sodium mast lights. The LED version can easily replace up to 1500W Metal Halide and optics packages allow for uniform distribution over a large area. UL and ETL Listed, DLC Qualified for rebates. Perfect for area lighting and security lighting on poles up to 150ft high.
LED area lighting options can replace your existing fixtures and we have the power to replace everything from 250-1000W Metal Halide. These long lasting LED Lights are extremely efficient when it comes to creating light while using very little electricity to do so. UL Listed, DLC Qualified, these lights will provide you with years of trouble free life.
LED Wall Packs are a very cost effective method of replacing Metal Halide and High Pressure Sodium fixtures. And since LED does not produce UV light, there is no worry that the lenses will yellow over time. Our LED Wall Packs are either UL or ETL Listed, DLC Qualified and are backed with a 5 year warranty and should give you 10+ years of maintenance free life
Also called Cobra Heads, these lights are what you find on the parking lots and roadways of the a facility or public area. They typically tend to be small wattage bulbs, probably 70-100W. With these lights, you can retrofit them with a LED Retro Fit Kit or replace then with a new LED Street Fixtures. These street lights are either UL or ETL Listed, most are DLC Qualified for rebates and are backed with at least a 10 year warranty.
LED Retrofit Kits are designed to replace Metal Halide and High Pressure Sodium in your existing fixture. This is nothing more than replacing your existing bulb and ballast with the LED Retrofit Kit Head and LED Driver. 11 kits are available to replace everything from 70W to 1500W HID. Extremely efficient up to 165 lumens/watt and DLC Premium Qualified to maximize your rebates!
Indoor LED Lights for Schools
Indoor Lighting in schools typically consists of fluorescent lights in halls, classroom lighting, cafeteria spaces and offices and some sort of high bay fixture in the gymnasiums. Fluorescent lights are prone to flickering and creating an uncomfortable environment. Eye strain and headaches are not uncommon under these types of lights. Learn more about LEDs in schools here.
Lights you find indoors in a School
LED High Bays can replace Metal Halide High Bays up to 1500W and reduce your energy consumption by as much as 75%. These lights are perfect for gyms, warehouses, factories, auditoriums or any large area where traditional style high bays are installed. UL Listed and DLC Qualified with 5 year warranties.
LED Panels replace fluorescent troffers with either a back lit or edge lit led solution. These troffers are designed to provide uniform lighting solutions and provide flicker free and maintenance free service and operation for years to come. UL or ETL Listed, DLC Qualified for rebates, replacing your existing fluorescent fixtures with LED will provide years of trouble free light.
Fluorescent troffers are typically found in suspended ceilings, and they typically contains 2 to 4 fluorescent tubes. Most tubes are either T8, T10 or T12. There are two distinct options that are available, replace the fixture with LED Panels or replace the tubes with LED Tubes. The tube option tends to be more economical, and with the creation of plug and play led tubes, converting over to LED is as simple as removing the old fluorescent tube and replacing it with the LED tube.
These fixtures appear in hallways and stairwells, and are long linear fixtures typically contains fluorescent tubes. They are sometimes called vandal proof fixtures, because their lenses are somewhat indestructible. In the world of LED, there are similar type fixture, called LED Vapor Tight, that allows for great general lighting and is also available with a vandal proof lens
Here's a few reasons to convert over to LED School Lighting.
1. Higher Quality of Light: LED products are a
better source of light for two reasons. First, the quality of light,
measured as Color Rendering Index (CRI) is typically higher most if not
all the times than the traditional light sources they replace. Secondly,
LED lights do not flicker like fluorescent light sources. While
flickering may not seem like an issue, working under lights that flicker
can cause eye strain and even headaches. LED's Magazine article on Field Evaluations of LED Lighting
indicates that "DesignLights (DLC)-rated LEDs could easily meet and
surpass Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA)
2. Save Energy - Save Money: A typical fluorescent
tube retrofit to LED tubes saves you at least 50% or more in less energy
used. A typical HID bulb converted over to LED can save you as much as
75% or more. This is real dollars that you don't have to spend while
maintain the same if not better light levels you currently have. The
majority of our LED solutions are rebate eligible, either registered
under DesignLights Consortium (DLC) or Energy Star. Many utility
companies offer rebates for DLC Qualified or Energy Star certified
products, saving even more money. High use areas often see paybacks in
less than a year. Contact us
for a free quote and we can even do a customer payback analysis for you
on your light fixtures. We will research the rebates options for you.
Reduction in energy at schools is not complicated. Converting over to
LED technology produces better quality light and can save you 50%+ on
your energy bills. It will also reduce your maintenance bills as LED
products lasts longer than the incandescent, metal halide, high pressure
sodium, and fluorescent technologies.