What are your priorities
for your next
Are you aiming for
Is the constant
need to replace
cutting into the
time you could be
spending on other
Or are you just
not happy with the
LED lighting could help solve these issues. This ultra-efficient light source is more
affordable than ever thanks to plummeting component prices and energy efficiency
incentives. If you’re thinking about taking the plunge, make sure your LED retrofit
delivers maximum value with these tips.
1) Define the Problem
What issue are you trying to solve with an LED retrofit? Are you mainly prioritizing
energy savings, or are there other problems that the new installation needs to solve
too? The General Services Administration (GSA) recommends asking yourself these
questions to help define your needs:
■ Is the space already overlit?
■ What are your current and future lighting needs?
■ How long do you plan to occupy the space?
■ Do you want to incorporate sensors into fixtures?
■ What control capabilities are you looking for, even beyond your lighting system?
For the Waukesha (WI) School District’s natatorium, energy savings was a high priority, but the need to improve lighting conditions was also urgent. The existing metal
halide fixtures had a half-life of about 8,000 hours, by which point they would lose
around 40% of their original light output, says Jeff Gatzow, Vice President of Optec
LED Lighting, which manufactured and installed the new LED lamps used in the natatorium project. Bringing in a lift to change the lights was so needlessly complicated
that the bulbs typically wouldn’t be replaced until they failed, which created a safety
issue, notes Tom Cherone, Master Electrician for the Waukesha School District.
“The maintenance was also extremely time-consuming. We had to shut the pool
down because you can’t have people around when you’re working with an aerial
lift,” Cherone says. “The fixtures were tempered glass – if the glass breaks and falls
into the pool, you don’t have a lot of options other than draining it, which becomes
extremely expensive when you have to pay for sewage and water fees to refill
480,000 gallons. With the new LED heads, each one is a sealed unit and the compo-
nents are sealed as well so if they do fail, it’s a simple operation to just drop the head
and put a replacement in its place.”
To get a handle on your building’s needs, Vikrant Mahajan, Product Marketing
Manager for OSRAM SYLVANIA, recommends assessing every space in the building
Get your money’s worth out of your lighting upgrade