Before moving forward with any LED lighting upgrade consider the following:
LED lighting can be an expensive option, so make sure that the long life, operating costs and light quality benefits outweigh the initial costs.
To make the most out of an LED lighting upgrade, make sure the LED option can meet and even exceed the performance of the existing lighting it is replacing. These needs include light delivery, light distribution and colour quality.
Think carefully about the location of fixtures and where they are needed.
Consider the product design. Customer-oriented businesses, like restaurants and retail stores, may find LED lighting aesthetics particularly important.
For employees, light quality is an important influence on performance. It is vital to understand how the LED upgrade option could potentially affect staff and customers alike.
Upgrading to LED is ideal in the following situations:
- Where the directional source efficacy and optical efficacy can be improved. Such as downlights, troffers, flood lights and street lights.
- Where energy and maintenance costs are high.
- Applications that benefit from “white light” and improved uniformity such as warehousing, street and area lights.
- Where there are environmental constraints, such as mercury restrictions, light pollution or green building requirements.
- Applications involving cold temperatures, such as cold storage and outdoor locations like parking lots, roads and service stations.
- Applications that need instant-on/off lights that are activated by occupancy sensors or security situations.