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Shop for commercial LED Recessed Retrofit Kits - can replace existing can lights and saves up to 75% over the halogen and incandescent lights it replaces. High Power solutions available to retrofit existing HID Cans.

LED retrofit kits for recessed lighting replace incandescent, HID or fluorescent BR, PAR and PL lamps in existing housing cans for recessed ceiling lights. Our recessed lighting retrofit kits are designed to replace the existing bulb and ballast with an LED solution for 4 inch, 6 inch, 8 inch and even 10 inch recessed can housings.

Recessed light retrofit kits are typically in hotels, offices, airports, schools and retail locations. We have models that can replace up to 400W HID. Shop for commercial LED Recessed Retrofit Kits - replace existing can lights and saves up to 75% over the halogen and incandescent lights it replaces. High Power solutions available to retrofit existing HID Cans.

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What Are LED Recessed Retrofit Kits?

LED Recessed Ceiling Lights

Downlights are light sources that recess into ceilings. They generate light downwards in narrow beams. When these lights turn on, they create the appearance that light is shining down from the ceiling. LED recessed retrofit-kits comprise of bulbs and the drivers to convert the AC power to low-voltage DC power. This protects the bulbs from line-voltage fluctuations.

When Is a Building Ready for a LED Recessed Retrofit?

If It Is At Least A Decade Old

 

The very first sign that a commercial building is ready for LED downlights is its age. At least half of the commercial buildings in the U.S date back before the 80s. Based on data from the U.S Energy Information Administration, the median age of most commercial buildings in the U.S in 2012 was 32 years. These older buildings rely on traditional wasteful lighting technologies.

The federal government has been phasing out the traditional lighting, which makes them harder to find and more expensive to buy. For instance, fluorescent T12 lamps were banned in the U.S in 2012, with the ban on importation as well as manufacturing. The lamps still live on in old commercial buildings, but they cost a lot of money to replace and maintain. In such instances, retrofits become an efficient and cost-effective option.

LED upgrade kits let electricians take out older lights without a complete overhaul. The ceiling plane does not need to be disturbed and so the ductwork or network cabling will stay as it was. All that's required is opening the fixtures, removing the HID or fluorescent bulbs, and installing the new LED bulbs.

 

If the Energy Bill Is Too High

Commercial buildings using traditional HID or fluorescent bulbs have higher energy bills. This affects the bottom line, as cash that could be better utilized on the high energy bills. LED downlight retrofits reduce the energy bill by over 75% and free up cash for other uses.

If High-Quality Light Control Features Are Desired

Local utilities and governments provide rebates to commercial buildings that install energy-efficient lights. But as the world goes towards eco-friendly lighting, rebates and incentives may dissapear. So, it pays to take advantage of them while there is still time. Rebates and incentives can make your retrofit project more affordable.

 

The Provision of Financial Rebates

 

Local utilities and governments provide incentives and rebates to commercial buildings that install energy-efficient light systems. But as the world moves towards eco-friendly lighting, rebates and incentives may be done away with or their values may decrease. So, it pays to take advantage of them while there is still time. Rebates and incentives can make your retrofit project more affordable.

 

If the Lighting Maintenance Time and Cost Are Very High

LED downlight retrofits have up to 100,000 useful hours, way more than for any other light fixture on the market. And unlike short-lived traditional bulbs, LEDs lose their light gradually. LEDs will give you ample time to plan for the replacement so that you can replace them at your convenience.

Priorities When Purchasing LED Recessed Light Retrofit Kit

Energy Consumption

Compared to HID lamps, LED lights use 75% less electricity. They also have a longer lifespan. The primary issues to consider when making a move to LED downlight retrofits are:

  • The number of hours the light fixtures are on each day
  • How many days the lights are on each week
  • The ratio of old vs. new lamp fixtures
  • The wattage consumed by the light fixtures
  • Your area’s kWh rate
  • The amount of money spent on lighting maintenance every year
  • The estimated costs of the new light installations

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Energy savings can be further enhanced by the use of light controls with LED lights. These features can also extend the life of the LED drivers. When you install LED lights, you might get higher rebates than expected for reduced energy use. For example, DLC premium lights get higher rebates than DLC standard listed lights

Maintenance Challenges

Compared to conventional lamps, LEDs are robust, compact, and energy-efficient. They also offer more value because of their long lifespans. For any building looking to reduce labor and maintenance costs, LED lights are the way out. They do not contain a multitude of replaceable parts like older lamp types do.

The minimalist, modern look LED downlights lend to a building will enhance its appeal. The installation of LED recessed retrofits is easy, as is their disposal since there's no toxic substances.

Improved Aesthetics

Because LED light fixtures come in a myriad of styles, they can provide beautiful, uniform light. They enhance the look and feel of a space while offering increased energy efficiency. LED lights are very versatile and conform to a project as desired.

They improve the aesthetics of a building, especially buildings frequented by customers. Older unappealing lighting, on the other hand, can make a stunning building look cheap. LED lights, if placed and spaced well, will fill a space with bright, high-quality light.

Trends in Lighting

 

In 2012, an energy consumption survey showed at least 17% of the power used in U.S. commercial buildings was for lighting. Lighting is one of the biggest uses of electricity, second only to the ‘other' category including air compressors and motors. It goes without saying that lighting presents an excellent opportunity for improvement.

The introduction of efficient LED lighting and the changes in light efficiency heralded a new era in lighting. There have been significant reductions in energy usage in commercial buildings since 2003.

Incandescent and halogen bulbs are no longer the preferred lights in buildings, that honor goes to LEDs. The light they produce renders colors better than that of the two bulbs. LED lights became the go-to light fixtures for recessed lighting applications. They offer brilliant high-quality lighting and is energy efficient as well as durable.

 

A Comparison of lifetimes and efficacies of LED, incandescent, and halogen light fixtures

Light Type

Efficacy: Lumens Per Watt

Rated Life: Hours of Use

Incandescent

10 to 18

750 to 2500

Halogen

14 to 20

2,000 to 3,500

LED

20 to 100

Over 50,000

 

The use of incandescent lighting has been on the decrease since 2003. The new LED technology began to take over the market. Lighting still consumes a huge proportion of energy in commercial buildings. There has been a marked decrease in energy usage as more buildings adopt efficient LEDs.
 
For instance, in 2012, lighting in commercial buildings used only 10% of the site energy while back in 2003 it used a massive 21% . Site energy is the amount of electricity that shows up on an electric bill.
 
Utility and government entities have enacted programs and legislation to encourage efficiency. The 2005 Energy Policy Act and the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act are examples of bills that target light usage. The EPA act created a tax credit to incentivize building owners to invest in new and energy-efficient technology.
 
The law also put stringent standards on the performance of some types of traditional commercial lights. The EISA policy required 25% increased energy efficiency on all manufactured bulbs from 2012. Incandescent bulbs fell short of this standard. In 2020, EISA is set to enact more stringent standards, which neither halogen nor incandescent bulbs will meet. It's expected that more commercial buildings will turn to LED.
 
The low energy demands from the government results in a decrease in the use of energy-intensive incandescents. Back in 2003, incandescent bulbs lit over 11% of commercial buildings. By 2012, the lamps only lit a paltry 6% of all the floor space.
 
Halogen bulbs are a type of incandescent bulb. They have halogen gas to increase their life expectancy and light output. These bulbs are becoming obsolete. Now only 4% of all commercial buildings’ floor spaces were lit by halogen bulbs in 2012. LED technolog has seen an increase usage since 2012.

Advantages of LED Recessed Can Retrofit Kits

Works Well With a Variety of Light Control Features

 

The LED light has a wide dimmable range and is perfect for flexible lighting. Light control is a necessity at this point because the world is trying to reduce usage. Lighting up home and work spaces consumes a large chunk of electricity from the power grid. There’s no doubt about the fact that energy efficiency in lighting can go a long way.

The use of light controls eliminates over-lighting, enhancing cost savings. Dimming these solid-state lights lowers their light intensity. There are other types of light control features; they include:

 

  • Occupancy sensors: These controls reduce the light levels in unoccupied areas of a building. The sensors use technology to turn the lights either off or on automatically when people enter or leave a room.
  • Schedulers: These features turn off lights or dim at certain hours of the day.
  • Dimmers: These light control features lower the light output as needed. Step-level dimmers can lower the light level from 100% to 50%. They offer a great way to save energy when full light output is not required.
  • Daylight harvesting systems: These save energy by using daylight to counterbalance the light needed. The controls switch or dim the light based on the availability of daylight.
Flexibility

LEDs are tiny by nature and very suitable for different uses and applications. Unlike traditional lamps, many unique applications use LEDs to focus the light to specific areas without reflectors.

LED recessed light retrofit-kits are in different applications, from media rooms to museums. They can replace older lighting fixtures as they come in different shapes and sizes. They also don't contain tungsten filaments and fragile bulbs. The cumbersome elements could hinder a design innovation as well as retrofitting.

They Have No UV or IR Emissions

 

With standard incandescent lamps, the hotter the bulb is, the more ultraviolet radiation it produces. Yet, these bulbs produce at least 90% of their energy as heat. If the UV and heat energy emitted are excessive, they could create a hazard. LED lights that are manufactured to be used by humans have no UV emissions. They also produce very little heat and help prolong the lifespan of a building's HVAC system. It doesn’t have to work overtime to keep the building cool.

How Recessed LED Light Retrofits Will Save You Money

 

Because they have the ability to decrease energy costs, LEDs give a commercial building a competitive advantage. They impact the bottom line. Money that would have been spent on lighting is spent on advertising and other campaigns that enhance the growth of the business.

Here’s how LED recessed light retrofit-kits offer a quick return on investment:

 

  • They reduce light usage considerably (by 50% to 90%) compared to older recessed downlights
  • LEDs have a very powerful and positive impact on your HVAC system. They don't give out excess heat like incandescent bulbs, significantly reducing the HVAC cooling load
  • LEDs have long lamp lives, and cuts down maintenance and labor costs for many years
  • Local and government incentives and rebates offered if you switch to energy-efficient lighting (depending on your area)
  • LEDs offer high lighting performance thanks to their ability to produce focused light.

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