Fact or Fiction – Three Common Objections to LED Retrofits

For many building managers, light-emitting diode (LED) technology is something you might be familiar with, however never seriously considered for your facility. Your resistance to it may be legitimate or just might be based on rumors you’ve heard through the grapevine. We would like to address the 3 most common objections that we hear when talking to potential customers who are considering an LED retrofit solution for their facility.

Three Common Objections to LED Retrofits

LED’s are too Expensive

The most common objections to LED Retrofits that we hear, is that LED’s are too expensive to purchase. This couldn’t be further from the truth. In actuality, retrofitting your current lighting with an energy-efficient LED solution could save you up to 80% in your annual lighting energy costs. Without going into the granular details here, LED’s drastically reduce costs through the way that they produce light, the way they move through their functional life, and the ease of disposal.

LED lights last significantly longer than typical HID lights (4x to 40x longer) and they require significantly less maintenance than their non-led counterparts. Finally, because LED’s aren’t gas-filled there will be no complications or expensive disposal procedures. These direct saving (energy costs) and indirect savings (maintenance costs) can really impact the bottom line for an organization with a large space to light.

Finally, there are many financing and rebate options available when thinking about an LED retrofit solution. Depending on your particular space and the lighting you choose these rebates and creative funding options can help absorb and offset any high upfront costs.


We are sure that last sentence caught your attention. To learn more, try reading our blog: What to Know About Lighting Rebates and Incentives. There are several types of lighting rebates, and knowing which ones will work for you can make a huge difference in boosting the ROI of your LED retrofit project.


LED Technology is Changing so Quickly

Another common objection to LED Retrofits is that the LED technology landscape is changing so rapidly. That LED’s purchased today will be obsolete in 12 to 18 months. While it is true that LEDs are still evolving and improving, you could make that case for any technology under the sun (phones, computers, the list goes on and on).

The facts are that the core technology behind LED’s has been around since the 1960s. It’s stable & reliable. All while dramatically improving lighting performance and operational balance sheets across the globe. By choosing to stay with your existing solution you are missing out on the potentially great benefits of this type of lighting.

Are LED’s Better than What I have Today

Another point of doubt or objections to LED Retrofits that we often hear is “are LED’s that much better than what we have installed today?” The short answer is a resounding, YES. By installing an LED lighting solution in your facility, you aren’t going to see incremental changes. You will be seeing dramatic reductions in energy costs, and maintenance costs while dramatically improving the lighting performance.


If you are currently doing research for your organization, we suggest reading our blog: 7 Helpful Insights to Convince Your Boss to do an LED Lighting Retrofit.


Conclusion on Objections to LED Retrofits

If we still haven’t convinced you to through those objections to LED Retrofits out the window. Reach out to us here at Action Services Group. We can schedule a time to evaluate your space, deliver you an ROI calculation, and show you the cost of delaying your LED retrofit. We look forward to working with you. Contact Action Services Group by calling 800-223-0982 or email info@actionservicesgroup.com.

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