3 Great Reasons to Consider Retrofits for your Existing Fixtures

Businesses are always looking to cut costs where possible. One thing that presents money-saving opportunities is LED technology. Many companies that transition from old lighting technologies to LED technology save money and boost their revenues to some extent (because proper lighting improves employee productivity).

Businesses and facilities that replace HID lighting systems (like high pressure sodium lights and metal halide lights) with LED lighting can save up to 75% electricity. LEDs offer a lot of long-term cost savings, which is why they are quickly becoming the go-to lighting option for many contractors and businesses.

On top of all the benefits LED technology offers, companies can enjoy additional cost savings if they choose retrofitting over a full fixture replacement.

In this post, I'll discuss the differences between retrofitting and a full redesign, and why retrofitting is the best option in some situations. I'll also discuss how both alternatives can significantly lower the costs related to running a commercial lighting system.

So, let's get right to it.

The Main Difference Between Retrofitting and a Full Fixture Replacement

In a nutshell, retrofitting means replacing the existing light with a LED light to improve the light output and to save energy. On the other hand, a full fixture replacement means replacing the light source as well as the light fixture.

LED Retrofit Kits have two main benefits that new fixtures do not: they have a lower upfront cost and are less expensive to install (because installation doesn't take long). However, there are instances when a full fixture replacement is the only option: when the existing fixtures are out-of-date, damaged, or not well-suited to retrofit kits.

Because choosing between retrofitting and a full redesign is not always an easy decision, the retrofitting experts at MyLEDLightingGuide always recommend getting an expert opinion.

A professional LED lighting company can easily point you in the right direction and guide you through the entire process. Without expert advice, you may make a wrong decision that may end up costing you money, which is the last thing you want when you're transitioning to LED technology.

If you’re thinking of embracing LED technology, here are 3 reasons why it is worth the money.

1. Energy Savings

No question about it, this is the main benefit of LED lighting. LED lights draw a fraction of the energy traditional light fixtures draw, resulting in up to 75% energy savings.

Businesses that upgrade to LED technology can achieve a return on investment in 3-4 years, it all depends on how long the lights run each day. And because LED lights last for many years, the savings can go on long after businesses have recouped their investment.

2. Long Lifespan

It is no secret that LEDs have a long lifespan. In fact, the shortest lifespan of LEDs is 50,000 hours, which is still much higher than that of traditional lighting systems. Metal halide and high pressure sodium lights have short lifespans and need replacing every now and then.

Some LEDs have a lifespan of 100,000 hours, which means they only need to be replaced once every 10 years. Businesses and facility managers who use these lights will spend less money on replacement kits and also decrease the expenses related to replacing bulbs.

3. Enhanced Productivity

Better lighting can improve a business' bottom line. A company's success depends on the productivity of its employees. Many companies are always looking for ways to improve employee productivity, but it can be as simple as changing the light bulbs. The human body uses light to regulate its circadian rhythm (the 24-hour internal clock that cycles between alertness and sleepiness at regular intervals).

The lighting used in a workplace or facility can make employees feel drowsy or active. LEDs produce light which is similar to the light produced by the sun. When these lights are used in a workplace, employees feel more alert and energized.

The temperature of a workplace can also affect employee productivity. Since LEDs have a lower heat emission than HID lights, they create a cooler work environment, making employees happier and more productive.

In addition, LEDs do not irritate or cause eye strain because they don't buzz or flicker. This helps workers to stay focused and also boosts their morale.

These three benefits of LED lighting should be more than enough to convince electrical professionals, building managers, and business owners to switch to LED technology.

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