Our Approach to a Turn-Key LED Retrofit
Indoor and Outdoor Commercial LED Applications
LED Energy Savings
LED Maintenance Savings
Understanding the LED Warranty
Understanding LED Rebates and Incentives
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Narrowing down the best solution for your organization can be a challenging endeavor. The LED Industry has thousands of lighting options, and not all of them offer the same results. Without knowing the product specifics, you might select an LED lamp that provides optimal performance but does not provide the energy efficacy needed to lower your energy costs. Here at Action Services Group, we help you make the right decisions basing on your desired end goal. We review your goal utilizing three savings criteria: Energy, Performance, and Maintenance.
Once your project saving goals have been established, as a product-neutral organization, Action Services Group can procure the appropriate LED products that offer you the maximum savings based on your needs.
How are LED’s Different from Other Light Sources?
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Unlike incandescent lamps and other light sources, LED’s are not inherently a white light source. LED’s instead, emit monochromatic light, making them the most efficient colored light application for things like traffic lights, exit, and emergency signs. For LED’s to be utilized as a general light source, LED’s need to produce white light. White light can be achieved from
Due to the LED’s rugged construction and a wide range of shapes and sizes, it is one of the only lamp selections optimal for both indoor and outdoor use.
Outdoor LED Benefits
Durability: Unlike other lamps, the LED is not made from glass. Other lamps are susceptible to extreme weather conditions such as cold, wet, and hot, while the LED is impervious to the elements, making it perfect for outdoor lighting.
Directional: Unlike other light sources that emit light in all directions, LED’s are designed to shine in a specific direction. This option makes theLED perfect for spotlights and outdoor signage illumination.
Brightness: The LED lamp produces a pure, white light, making it seem brighter. This can be especially useful for locations such as parking lots and garages, where the level of lighting could increase or decrease your customer traffic and their feelings of safety.
Along with these Outdoor benefits come the overall benefits of a longer lasting, energy efficient, recyclable lamp.
Indoor LED Benefits
Dimmable: LED’s are a great way to control the atmospheric lighting in your business. With the addition of dimmer switches, you can easily set the right mood for any occasion. While other lamps are dimmable, the LED has the most versatile
NO UV: Incandescent and CFL lamps produce a low amount of UV rays. While usually not an issue, if you happen to have them in the kitchen of a restaurant or the produce or meat aisle of a supermarket, these emissions could accelerate spoilage. The LED, on the other hand, produces NO UV emissions.
Directional: Unlike other light sources that emit light in all directions, LED’s can be designed to shine in a specific direction. This option makes the LED perfect for retail displays and highlighting specific areas.
No Noise: Depending on the environment, you may want to consider the LED due to noise. If you have ever heard a fluorescent light, you will know they can be quite noisy. The LED is ultra-quiet, producing no noise level at all. Along with these Indoor benefits come the overall benefits of a longer lasting, energy efficient, recyclable lamp.
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LED lighting has numerous benefits for its users, everything
We are sure you have heard about how energy efficient LED lamps are compared to incandescent and other forms of lighting, but most don’t know why they are more efficient. The main reason LED’s use less electricity is that they don’t produce light in the same way. The incandescent lamp produces light by passing electricity through a filament until it reaches a temperature that produces light. Most incandescent lamps waste 90% of the electricity they consume as heat.
The LED produces light using a process called electroluminescence. This process does not heat a filament, so the process creates little heat that translates to wasted energy in other lamps. The LED relies on semiconductors to generate light, making it far more efficient at converting electricity to light than other sources.
The first LED was invented by Nick HolonyakJR. in 1962 while working for GE. Since then, LED technology has rapidly advanced to become the most energy efficient solution on the market today. According to energy.gov between 2011 and 2012, global sales of LED replacement bulbs increased by 22 percent while the cost of a 60-watt equivalent LED bulb fell by nearly 40 percent. By 2030, it's estimated that LEDs will account for 75 percent of all lighting sales. In 2012, about 49 million LEDs were installed in the U.S. --saving approximately $675 million in annual energy costs. Switching entirely to LED lights over the next two decades could save the U.S. $250 billion in energy costs, reduce electricity consumption for lighting by nearly 50 percent and avoid 1,800 million metric tons of carbon emissions.
When considering LED Retrofitmaintenance costs, the first step is understanding the life expectancy of your LED lamps. Unlike other lamps which judge life expectancy utilizing the Average Rated Life (ARL) which measures how long it takes half the lamps in a batch to fail. An LED’s lifespan is measured in lumen maintenance. Lumen maintenance is an approach of measuring the light output of a brand-new light source and comparing that with its light output after a certain period of time.
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As you can see the lifespan of an LED greatly surpasses most other lighting options. This simple fact greatly reduces the expected maintenance costs of a LEDRetrofit, given just the lifespan of the lamp. There are a few other maintenance considerations to take into account if you want your LED’s to reach the desired lifespan.
Do Your Research and Choose the Appropriate LED’s
The average consumer is not going to be able to tell the difference between LED manufacturers and product lines. Not all LED’s are made equal. Our first suggestion is to partner with a LED Retrofit company. Now obviously we would suggest ourselves! As a National Lighting, Signage, and Electrical Service Provider, Action Services Group is uniquely qualified to combine services and offer you a one stop shop for all your lighting, signage, and electrical needs. But in the end, even if you decide to go with another organization, make sure they are manufacture and product neutral to make sure you get the best product for your organization and not the best product for them.
Clean Your LED’s Regularly
Like all lighting applications, LED’s need to be cleaned on a regular basis. Traditional lighting often needs to be re-lamped, which is not usually the case for
Like all lighting applications, a routine inspection is suggested. To ensure everything is working properly and to catch potential problems early occasional inspection of your LED’s is needed. Check for weak points that could be impeding efficiency and make sure all parts associated with your LED are clean and without blemishes and discoloration.
Most LED lamps come with a basic warranty. Unfortunately, there are a few misconceptions when it comes to what your warranty actually covers. One of the primary frustrations we hear the most about all relate to this topic. So, what does a standard LED warranty look like?
You purchased new High Bay LED lighting for your warehouse. The lamps carry a three-year warranty and an L70 rating of 25,000 hours. Your warehouse operates the lighting for 20 hours per day, 365 days per year. With this type of schedule, your annual burn time will be 7,300. This will place your High Bay LED’s at the L70 threshold around a quarter of the way through your fourth year. Putting you about 3-4 months outside of your warranty.
Let's say your LED lamp hits its L70 mark and you're still under warranty. You do a little happy dance knowing you can claim your warranty. Not so fast! To actually claim your warranty, most manufacturers will want to make sure the product was installed properly, and this is not user error. Unfortunately, most times early burnout is caused by bad electrical wiring or improper installation. We cannot stress enough the need to vet your Led lighting specialist. It is also critical that you discuss your warranty with your LED lighting specialist, making sure to ask the right questions.
AnLED Rebate or Incentive can significantly change your rate of ROI and is a major source of inquiry within the LED Retrofit industry. There is no easy answer to give when people ask how much of a rebate or incentive they are going to get. The main reason being, LED rebates and incentives are offered mainly by state and utility provider. So
While each utility program is different, the majority follow the same basic set of steps.
While the basic steps for rebates and incentives are generally the same, and I know we made this sound easy, there are many intricacies behind the necessary information the utility companies need to get you pre-approved. We suggest that you verify with your LED Retrofit company, that they assist in the rebate and incentive process. At Action Services Group, we manage your rebates and incentives from start to finish, making sure you receive the maximum rebate and incentive.
Want a closer look at rebates and incentives? Check out our blog, What to Know About Lighting Rebates and Incentives.
If moving to a commercial lighting service provider, consider partnering with a service management provider that can supply a national LED lighting and electrical maintenance program. Review these items when vetting a national LED lighting, electrical, and signage service provider.
The first step in any LED lighting project should be to contact a lighting solutions provider or lighting company that is
A LED Retrofit provider should ask you about your project.
Narrowing down the best solution for your organization can be a challenge. The LED Industry has thousands of lighting options, and not all of them offer the same results. Without knowing the product specifics, you might select an LED lamp that provides optimal performance but does not provide the energy efficacy needed to lower your energy costs. Prioritizing your LED goals is the first step in any LED Retrofit project. No matter what your lighting application is, a full review of these three factors is needed to prioritize them based on your LED Retrofit goals. This will lead to the appropriate LED lighting solution for your organization.
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