We've outlined 6 ways your LED retrofit project could go wrong, why these mistakes happen, and most importantly, how to make sure they don't happen to you.
In the early days of your LED re-lamp project, you’ll need to determine whether you’ll be using a Type A, B, or C replacement. The differences in each stem from whether a ballast or driver is being used and how the LED is connected to the power source. How that power gets to your lamp depends on the type of fixtures and ballasts you already have in place.
Integrated LED products are relatively new to the marketplace, appear to be the future, and may or may not be a good idea. We’ll evaluate three major lighting applications that are seeing an influx of integrated options—track lighting, downlights, and troffers—for what they cost, what the products mean for users, and where we recommend using LED lamps versus integrated LED fixtures.
The industry uses a measure called the "lumen" to measure light volume across light sources. Based on our installations, we believe the better quality the light, the "brighter" a lumen appears. Here we'll explore why we think the lumen fails to indicate brightness properly where LEDs are concerned and what we do about it.
A challenge we often face when replacing halogen lights with LEDs is that “soft shadows” become “dark shadows”. Increased contrast between the lit and unlit sides of a rack, garment, or piece of furniture are a potentially nasty by-product of a directional LED retrofit. Here’s where the issue comes from and how we address it.
How long will a good LED bulb last in a commercial environment? There are so many products and variables, and many possible answers, so let’s lead with our professional opinion: 2-3 years.
Acknowledging that this is a complex and on some level impossible question to answer, here we will explain how we approach life expectancy in our LED fleet.