Retrofit Your Lights to Save Energy and Have Better Lighting

Homes and businesses are retrofitting their lights to save energy and have better lighting with LED lights.  While LED lighting has a slightly larger upfront investment, the lights will more than pay for themselves over the years and you will be thankful you made the switch.  LED lighting of the past may have been harsh and unappealing to some but there are so many LED lighting options now. Today, there are many LED lighting options that will improve your lighting significantly and that look great and provide the ambiance that you desire.  And, while upgrading your lighting you can implement new lighting controls, sensors, automation, etc. to make your light easier and save energy.

Many people wonder if it will really save that much energy and will the difference actually be noticeable.  The answer across the board, for residential and commercial applications, is yes. For businesses and commercial applications, the savings can be massive!   Buildings describes some of the savings that can be found in retrofitting lights in commercial applications, “Consider occupancy or vacancy sensors for closed spaces. Conference spaces are occupied 30-70% of the time, while closed offices can be as low as 35%, the researchers say. Areas like kitchens, copy rooms, and bathrooms range as low as 10%. Because these spaces account for more than 25% of the typical office building, they can incur significant energy costs despite their sporadic use. The team determined that adding vacancy sensors to one-quarter of a baseline building would cost roughly 65 cents per square foot but save 34 cents, offering a two-year payback…Annual energy savings result in an ROI of 21% and a payback of about five years…The most expensive but most effective solution includes installing vertically integrated LED fixtures with dimming and IP control in place of existing troffers housing two to four T12 or T8 lamps. Vertically integrated LEDs combine the lamp, ballast, and fixture as one item. Costs vary depending on the existing lighting being replaced by the LED fixtures; for example, existing wiring might be adequate for the required data and power connections. The DesignLights Consortium found a 40% reduction in lighting energy consumption and a 75% increase in work surface light levels by upgrading fixtures.”

While the study examined only commercial applications, the same results can be true of residential applications as well, just on a smaller scale.  Retrofitting residential lighting can save significant amounts of energy and dramatically improve the quality of home lighting.  Retrofitting lights, in any application, requires complicated and dangerous electrical work that should only be conducted by an experienced and knowledgeable lighting professional.

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