For the last several years, corporate planners have had […]
For the last several years, corporate planners have had a difficult decision regarding lighting conservation and exactly what to do with the thousands of inefficient light bulbs in their ceilings. Most realize that incentive and saving opportunities are exist but that doesn't make the decision any easier. The first choice is an upgrade to a more efficient fluorescent or a higher quality more expensive LED bulb. Due to the price point of LED, most building owners are converting their fluorescent tube bulbs from the previous standard T-12 bulb at 40 watt to a thinner T-8 bulb at 32 watt or a T-5 bulb at 28 watts. This decision is further complicated by issues such as the longer lifespan of LED, fixture replacement, light quality and amount as well as lighting automation and dimmer controls.
Fortunately, manufacturing technology advancement has led to a solution to this commercial lighting dilemma. This advancement has resulted in the recent release of a revolutionary line of machine made retrofit LED tubes that will considerably lower the cost of an LED conversion.
One of the benefits of this new LED release is simplicity. T-8 conversions often require a ballast swap and a T-5 conversion likely requires an entire new fixture. This LED option requires no ballast and uses your original T-12 or T-8 fixture. The LED bulbs are guaranteed for 5 years and 50,000 hours, which will largely reduce maintenance costs and improve the return on investment. Besides, they come in different light temperatures and lumens for a fully customizable effect. These bulbs are dimmable and work well with all automation controls to maximize savings and deliver desired results. A comparison of the project cost of this emerging technology confirms that it will be more affordable than a T-5 fixture conversion. This is the extraordinary news that will soon make fluorescent bulbs a thing of the past, as competition scrambles to keep up.
These LED tubes have performed above expectations for durability in laboratory testing as it offers 3 advanced strategies to dissipate heat better than any previous attempt. It is the buildup of heat that erodes LED performance and shortens lifespan. The 4' LED tubes use 288 superior SMD diodes compared to comparable products that have used only 150 lower quality DIP diodes. By comparison, it would require a 25 watt DIP bulb to provide the same illumination as a 16 watt SMD LED. Since price has been the main obstacle to wide spread adoption to the advancement of energy saving technology, it is expected that this important advancement is truly a milestone in the lighting revolution.