For many businesses the conversation between incandescent, compact fluorescent light (also know as CFL’s) or light emitting diode (also known as LED’s) has a unique discussion around the value to the business. Incandescent continues to be the most prevalent lighting currently installed. As these generate light, 90% of the electricity used is to simply heat up the bulb. This has two negative effects, the energy consumption is much higher on a per fixture basis and the HVAC systems must work harder to control the heat from the light. Compact fluorescent lights have become more pervasive over the past few years. This is all been an effort to reduce spend and remain environmentally responsible. However, CFL’s still contain mercury, which can be dangerous for your employees and the environment. CFL’s also remain costly to maintain, can be difficult on the eyes, and have a much shorter life span then LED’s. It has also been commented that many individuals don’t like the “warming up” period it takes for a CFL to become completely lit providing illumination.
Light emitting diode’s (LED’s) have become the solution for most. Studies have proven that with the proper replacement fixtures and implementation, over 75% of your lighting expense will be eliminated. EnergyWare also provides a minimum of a five year warranty on any product it supplies. LED’s eliminate any mercury found in CFL’s and incandescent, average over ten years of use, and minimize maintenance support. In addition, LED’s have no “warm up” period, eliminating the additional strain on your HVAC system, and provide a cleaner more reliable lighting source. The question arises: If LED’s are so great why has there not been a 100% market conversion? Some have viewed the capital expense too costly for the long term savings. Others have had a negative experience with LED lighting going out and manufacturers not backing the original warranty. Some simply do not view it as a priority. Here is our response: We will find a solution that works within your budget but does not cut on quality. We can do this through a lease, through savings, or through a capital purchase. EnergyWare will look for the little things that can eliminate warranties, such as the infrastructure being properly grounded, loose wires, and proper removal or bypass the ballast. We understand everyone needs to run a business. Our team makes this process turn key. We can perform our installation after hours or on weekends. We also ensure the equipment arrives safely, our team members are fully insured, and no mess is left behind.
Think about it this way, if you had $10,000 sitting on your kitchen table and someone attempted to take it would you do everything in your power to stop them? Your current lighting is taking precious dollars away that your company is working hard to earn daily. Why not do something about it? We are here to help!
The seven main fixture types are Highbays, Retrofit Kits, Flood Lights, Shoeboxes, Recess Cans, Wallpacks, Tubes, and New Fixtures. Each has a unique benefit and can be used in a variety of scenarios. Our design team will help navigate through the options and how each product impacts overall savings.
Traditionally used for areas that are 20 feet or higher. Most commonly seen in retail, warehouses, gymnasiums, and industrial facilities. Lumen output can vary, along with longevity. For ceilings nearing 40 feet or higher, lumen output becomes a key component to overall satisfaction.
Retrofit kits are designed to convert existing fluorescent fixtures to LED. These kits work in most existing grid ceilings and can be installed from below the ceiling. Most kits have a reflector and shield to cover the strip or provide widened lighting. Retrofit kits are available in 2×2 and 2×4 sizes with a variety of lumen and color options.
Shoeboxes transform existing HID luminaries to LED models. Most commonly used in parking lots and street lighting. Shoeboxes replace 1,000W HID down to 300W HID. The goal of the shoebox is to increase overall lumen output, while maintaining cosmetic appeal.
The majority of recessed light fixtures, as the name suggests, are recessed inside of a ceiling with an internal downlight fixed for the accurate orientation of lighting. Options vary widely from decorative to more traditional. These lights are suitable for new construction or retrofit.
Used in new construction or areas where lighting is surface mounted. As fixtures age, some customers look not only for cost savings but a refresh to the aesthetics. New fixtures take more time to install but are the best option for aged surface mounts.
Used most commonly to replace T-12, T-8, and T-5’s. Tubes contain an internal strip that last 70,000 hours and come in 3000, 4000, and 5000k coloring. Tubes are a great alternative for cost control, while still maintaining overall cost reduction.
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