Lighting Installation: Do You Know Enough?
ADEC says: It’s not enough to pursue the latest lighting installation technology. We, like many of our competitors, tout the proven, common sense, cost-efficient reasons for making the switch to LEDs. For example, the benefits of an LED retrofit include an 80-percent reduction in energy costs and a 100-percent reduction in maintenance costs (your sign is always doing its job!). Moreover, for the cost of one or two service calls, an LED retrofit could be completed, after considering incentive programs like BC Hydro.
The problem for business consumers shopping for LED products, however, is that there are numerous LED products on the market. However, not all LED bulbs and lighting installation are made of the same quality. So, which do you choose?
LED Lighting Installation Truth
The vast majority of commercial and industrial LED products come from offshore manufacturers, with little or no representation in North America, other than sales agents! Surprisingly, even the big names in lighting (GE, Sylvania etc.) have the majority of their products manufactured and packaged offshore.
1-888-burnt-out? uses only LED retrofit panels manufactured in the United States by Bare Development Inc., and only use the latest generation of Cree LEDs in the lighting installation panels. (Cree is the recognized world leader in LED chip technology).
Why Bare?Bare Development, Inc. is the only U.S. manufacturer to offer custom-made retrofit kits to convert most any commercial or industrial High-intensity Discharge (HID) light fixture to energy-efficient, solid-state lighting Light-emitting Diodes (LEDs). As the company puts it, “These kits are the easiest and most-cost effective solution to replacing your existing, high-cost, and high-maintenance Mercury Vapor, Metal Halide and High-Pressure Sodium bulbs.” We agree.
What You Should Know
1-888-burnt-out? can help you determine which LED product is best for a desired application. But first, there are a number of factors that must be taken into consideration, such as the performance characteristics of the LED:
- Useful Life (e.g., there is a difference between the life of a diode, a two-terminal electronic component , and the life of an LED lighting installation system)
- Lumen Output
- Intensity Distribution
- Correlated Color Temperature (CCT), and
- Color Rendering Index (CRI)
If you choose to make product selections without the assistance of a lighting installation professional, be forewarned that the use of these performance characteristics by some manufacturers can be misleading. Don’t stay in the dark. Contact a 1-888-burnt-out lighting installation professional to find out more about the metrics associated with LEDs, to ensure your business is getting the most from quality LEDs.