Retrofitting T12 to T8 fixtures minimizes energy costs and maximizes the brightness and performance of your environment. A lighting retrofit is the practice of replacing components in the system with counterparts that make it use energy more efficiently. Energy savings are realized over time that can be significant enough to not only pay for the new equipment, but produce a return on the investment.
In the U.S. in 2012, T12 fluorescent lamps have been phased out of production. In order to meet energy demand challenges, many organizations are turning to lighting retrofit services in order to save money and make their facilities more sustainable as they move toward the future. Lighting retrofits provide a sensible and efficient way for businesses to reduce their bottom line costs and improve their profit margin with minimal effort while protecting the environment.
Energy efficient lighting retrofits not only add more money to the bottom line of any business, but are an environmentally important and responsible business decision. Investing in new energy efficient lighting supports businesses by effectively lowering their energy consumption, reducing their carbon footprint and achieving their sustainability goals. Retrofitting lights is a key step toward sustainable energy management.
Lightitech is your go-to retrofit resource from audit to garbage recycling and removal.
Considerations for Selecting Lighting
Selecting the best lighting system for a facility is not as simple as choosing a light source that delivers the most light for the fewest watts consumed. More important than the wattage of a lighting system is the ability to see well and perform tasks in the space. Several factors contribute to an efficient lighting design:
- Energy Efficiency: Total system wattage compared to the existing lighting system. Energy-efficient lighting is not necessarily effective lighting
- Lighting Uniformity: The ratio of the highest light level in the space compared to the lowest light level. Select a lighting system that delivers the closest maximum-to-minimum ratio possible. Uniform lighting throughout a space make it easier to see, even at lower overall light levels
- Color Temperature: The color of the light source being installed, as compared to the existing system. Choose a light source with a cool color temperature to better see in the space
- Lumen Depreciation: The decrease in the amount of light produced by a lighting system over time. Choose a light source that has consistent light output over lamp life
- Color Rendering (CRI): The ability of a light source to make colors appear natural. The higher the CRI, the more colors look true to life. High CRI lighting sharpens the visual acuity in a space
- Controllability: The ability to increase energy savings by using lighting control systems effectively