December 1, 2016 08:00

If you are a manufacturing company or have an industrial warehouse and installed 6 lamp T8 fluorescent high bay fixtures between 2006 and 2014, there is a simple option to have your existing fixtures converted to LED, saving more energy without having to purchase and install new fixtures.

I know, you’re thinking, “we installed these several years ago and I assumed they’d last for at least 10-15 years and now I’m hearing they are out of date” …….. No, today’s technology has just figured out a way to reduce your lighting energy costs by as much as 50%. This is a good thing!

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LED offers three options to upgrade T8 fluorescent high bay industrial lighting

  1. Option one is to install 6 new, LED tubes into your existing fixture. It’s that simple, remove the old fluorescent lamps and install new “Insta-Fit” LED tubes. With no re-wiring, this is the simplest and least expensive upfront option.
  2. Option two is to have your fixture professionally re-wired for direct-wire LED tubes, powered using 120-277v all to one end of the tube, bypassing the fixture’s existing ballasts. This will require installing new non-shunted lamp sockets, bypassing the ballast and daisy chaining together, the 6 lamp sockets on just one end of the fixture.
  3. Your final and more expensive upfront option is to replace the fixture entirely, which is not a bad thing, when you figure the 6 lamp T8 fixtures you had installed years ago doubled your light levels and have paid for themselves 2 to 3 times over. New LED fixtures typically use an array of LED’s on a strips powered by a driver which is built into the case of the fixture. This will provide the greatest illumination and be the most trouble free long term, since you now have brand new fixtures, vs. retrofitting a 5-8 year old fixture. No maintenance, no lamp replacement, just lots of clean, bright white light!

It’s best to get the opinion of an experienced lighting retrofit contractor when it comes to a significant project like this. They can provide a payback analysis and predict your new light levels as compared to your current lighting, before you jump in head first without all the facts.

Bob Taussig is the owner of ROI Energy Solutions serving both Ohio and Texas with turnkey lighting upgrades. ROI Energy has provided more than 300 industrial, turnkey lighting upgrades since 2008. If you’re ready to start saving energy and interested in working with a contractor who delivers what they promise, it’s time to contact ROI Energy Solutions, Inc. Phone: 330-690-8308

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