The very first thing many people look at when considering the conversion to LED is the upfront costs involved. You may want to mull over other options that can greatly affect your bottom line soon after the LED installation/upgrade is complete. To get the best LED upgrade fit for your needs, examine the factors below:
Warranty: LED’s vary WIDELY in not only price, but more importantly in their quality, performance, and components – Just because it says “CREE”, it doesn’t mean you’re buying a CREE fixture. There are chips, diodes, drivers, packages, housings, and other various electrical components that may go into each fixture type. To name a few companies with top quality products that actually meet and will supersede a 5 year warranty – Deco, CREE, and Cireon all have 10 year warranties and almost all are made in the USA. Deco goes a step further by placing a labor allowance into their 10 year warranty. There are a small handful of manufacturers that offer a 5 year warranty, but their LED’s should and will last much longer than others, while other manufacturers who have a 5 year warranty may not be in business when you go to make the claim for your defective unit. Q&A: What good is a warranty if you have to hire and pay someone for replacing a failed fixture that is rated for 100,000 hours? Yes, you get a free fixture, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t cost you.
Manufacturers: In addition, numerous “new manufacturers” who are trying to get into the ever expanding LED industry, get bounced out (go out of business) just as quickly. Do your research on how long the company has been in business and how many varieties of products they have available. If they only offer one or two Kelvin colors (4000K & 5000K standard), there is a good chance they import materials from overseas. It’s not as simple as getting a factory to supply fixtures at a low price point. Manufactures should be proactive and put materials through third party testing labs such as LM79, LM-80, Energy Star, Lighting Facts, and, for rebates purposes on fixtures, DLC. Keep in mind, LED’s just don’t burn out, the light (lumen output) degrades over time, a fact which directly affects the light source’s purpose. Q&A: What are the deciding factors in selecting the right one? A few would be, “who’s going to give me the best value, what is the best choice esthetically in terms of design and performance”, and for all you investors and decision makers, “what is the fastest ROI?” – Let Priority Lighting assist you in your choice as we screen all of our vendors to ensure quality and complete customer satisfaction.
Brightness: In short, look at the “lumen output” – not the wattage. Lumen output is how the fixtures’ “brightness” is measured. They call this “LPW” (lumen per watt) which measures the efficacy of the fixture – IE: one manufacture has a 60 Watt fixture that produces over 7600 lumens, and another has a 90 watt fixture with just 6000 lumens. Q&A: What fixture would you choose? Of course- the 60W is the winner in lumen output and energy efficiency!
If you are looking into or considering making the switch to LED or other energy efficient lighting technologies – Think Priority Lighting! We offer true, complete, and accurate ROI proposals for our clientele. We have completed projects for companies ranging from those with large stores nationwide to the mom -and -pop shop across the street. Priority Lighting also works with multiple utility companies searching for any applicable rebates which can cover large portions of any up-front projects’ cost. Along with our national client base, Priority Lighting was one of just a few companies to receive special recognition by the US Department of Energy, Lighting Facts for the past 2 years in a row. We know LEDs – more importantly, we supply thousands of LED products which will ensure your project is met on time and on budget. We look forward to hearing from you!