LED Lighting Retrofit: Your Path to Savings

LED Lighting Retrofit: Your Path to Savings

Is your company spending more on lighting than it needs to—both in terms of energy and maintenance?  If so, it’s time to consider retrofitting your lighting to LED and put more of your profits back where they belong—in your business.

Retrofitting is a popular topic, particularly among our commercial and industrial end user customers. Converting existing fixtures to LED, either through the swapping of lamps or a fixture retrofit, is a way to transition to LED technology without the full financial investment of purchasing and installing new fixtures.

The demand is strong, and there are many manufacturers offering a cost-effective retrofit solution for just about any existing fixture.  Here are some options to consider:

Step into LED with a lamp retrofit.

The most economical move into LED technology is to swap your current lamps from conventional light sources to LED.  LED lamps can improve ambiance, energy efficiency and reduce maintenance.

  • Philips InstantFit is a truly compatible plug and play LED tube lamp that performs as expected, so you don’t have to go back and waste time and money redoing a job, and can instead focus on growing your business. Available in a variety of sizes and wattages, popular types include T8, 4-Pin Long Compact, U-Bent T8, and 4-Pin Plug-in.
  • Transform your environment while reducing lighting-related energy costs with Philips “Screw-in” LED lamps. The line includes popular A-type, candle, globe, MR16 and PAR lamps – all with smooth dimming technology.

Get rid of your florescent strip fixtures.

Linear fluorescent technology represents an estimated 80% of the installed equipment and 72% of total annual energy consumption for commercial lighting making it the perfect candidate to upgrade to LED with a retrofit. Universal Lighting Technologies’ EVERLINE® LED Retrofit Kit simplifies the transition from fluorescent to LED.  The EVERLINE® Retrofit Kit converts 2’, 4’ or 8’ fixtures to LED lighting.  The kits include everything needed for simple installation and are available in 2,300 lumens to 6,000 lumens with an 82 CRI and CCTs of 3500K, 4000K and 5000K.

Troffer Retrofit Kits

Are you looking for an affordable way to use LED lighting to cut back on energy costs, but don’t have a huge budget? Upgrading your traditional fluorescent in-grid ceiling troffers may be easier than you think.

    • The Universal Lighting Technologies LED General Purpose Fixture is a recessed prismatic LED Luminaire. Designed for replacement of fluorescent troffer and parabolic style luminaires. The GPA Series is installer friendly and comes in standard sizes for grid lay-in applications. Designed as an economical option for lighting indoor spaces with T-Grid ceilings, its high efficacy and excellent uniformity make it a great choice for most office and classroom environments.
    • Lithonia Lighting’s BLT Relight Series provides quick, easy installation into most
      existing luminaires. It provides look, feel and performance of a full fixture replacement at a fraction of the cost – reducing installation cost and materials. The BLTR series also provides control options to further enhance your space.

Got illuminated signs? Upgrade their lighting.

Now signs can be seamlessly converted from existing fluorescent to LED technology. Universal Lighting Technologies’ EVERLINE® LED Sign Tubes are an LED outdoor replacement solution for T12HO or T8HO lit signs. Designed for fast and easy installation, the Sign Tube uses the existing RDC sockets with minimal modification. It features 90° adjustable RDC style endcaps for correct lamp orientation in vertical or horizontal installations, regardless of how the socket was originally installed.

Think “outside” for even more retrofit opportunities.

Retrofits aren’t just for indoor applications. The Lithonia Lighting KADRD-LED retrofits any existing 100 – 400W metal halide or high pressure sodium KAD into a high-performance LED luminaire, while realizing typical energy savings up to 70% with expected service life up to 100,000 hours. The KADRD-LED retrofit door simply replaces the existing KAD door containing the glass lens and installs in minutes.  Part of the Contour® Series luminaires, the KADRD offers traditional square dayforms with softened edges for a versatile look that complements many applications.

Hazardous locations deserve LEDs, too.

It’s important for hazardous (classified) work sites to be equipped with proper lighting for their classification. Ratings are used by engineers and architects to determine where specific fixtures should be used under the specific conditions. Currently, there are a handful of classifications for explosion-proof LED lighting.

Dialight offers fixtures for installation and use in hazardous (classified) locations including: Class I, Divisions 1 and 2, Groups A, B, C, and D; Class II, Division 1, Groups E, F, and G; Class II, Division 2, Groups F and G; and Class III, Divisions 1 and 2, in accordance with the National Electrical Code, NFPA 70.  Their Vigilant Industrial Solutions and SafeSite Hazardous Area Solutions offer a variety of LED retrofit and replacement products for classified spaces.

Start on your path to savings today! With LEDs you use up to 90% less energy than traditional sources and the longer lifespan reduces maintenance needs – saving you both time and money.  In addition, you may be able to take advantage of utility incentives available in most areas by retrofitting your facility’s lighting with LED.

Along with our manufacturer partners, French Gerleman can help you improve your facility with solutions to improve lighting efficiency and save on annual utility expenses.  Our lighting team is well versed in LED lighting products for use in commercial and industrial facilities.

To learn more about these products to for help with your next lighting project, contact your French Gerleman Account Manager.  Our lighting team can help you identify any applicable utility incentives in your area and help with LED solutions to meet your project’s specifications.

LED Lighting Retrofits Reduce Labor and Maintenance Costs

LED lighting continues to be a hot topic, and in our last blog we focused on the energy saving from LED lighting retrofits. But the benefits don’t stop there! Retrofitting reduces installation time and labor costs and your overall investment in maintenance over the life of the fixture.

Faster Installation

If your facility presents challenging conditions for fixture access (high ceiling heights, lighting placement over equipment, etc.), reducing labor time and cost via a retrofit solution should be an important consideration. The faster the installation can be completed, the less disruption the project will have to your operations.

Reduced Labor and Maintenance Costs

In many applications, leaving the existing fixture housing in place can reduce the labor cost associated with an upgrade to LED lighting. This helps improve the project economics and overall return on investment. The long lifespan of LEDs dramatically reduce maintenance costs.  LED fixtures typically require a single annual inspection versus lamp, ballast and lens replacements common with traditional lighting fixtures.

French Gerleman Featured Retrofit Products



The EVOKit makes it easier and more affordable than ever to make the transition from fluorescent troffers to energy-efficient LED. The EVOKit from Philips are compatible with both standard and narrow T-grids and they can be fitted without having to enter your ceiling. It harnesses the latest advances in lighting technology to provide unparalleled energy-efficiency. With 110 lumens of light per watt, it is powerful enough to replace fluorescent troffers whole consuming significantly less energy. As if the savings weren’t enough, it also takes less than 5 minutes to install each fixture!


InstantFit Lamps
The LED T8 InstantFit Lamp from Philips offers over 41% energy savings versus the F32T8 electronic instant start systems. The InstantFit is a direct replacement for T8 lamps and works off of all instant start ballasts and most program rapid start ballasts. This lamp has no mercury, allowing for non-hazardous waste disposal. Emitting virtually no UV rays or IR, it is glass-free for safer working conditions. It is perfect for full light output in spaces with temperatures down to -22F, applications with frequent on/off switching cycles and for buildings that desire to be mercury free.



If you’re looking for an enclosed or gasketed floodlighting, look no further than the Areamaster from Appleton. It is designed for a variety of general applications including marine and hazardous locations. It is attractively styled with a rugged build for dependable and vandal resistant service. These lights are weatherproof and are perfect for small to very large areas.

The Mercmaster LED Series from Emerson provide supreme energy efficiency and safety for locations that are subject to severe conditions, vibrations and shock, hazardous locations and corrosive chemicals. The Mercmaster LED series is extremely reliable and durable, and is growing increasingly prevalent in industry settings. With no mercury, a beam that gives off no heat and twice the utilization efficiency of an HID lamp, LED is the perfect option for any company looking to become more “Green”. Where can the Mercmaster be used? It is ideal for marine, wet locations such as waste and sewage treatment facilities. It is also perfect for a wide range of industrial, chemical and processing facilities where flammable gases and vapors are present. It’s also great for areas of low clearance and non-hazardous locations where severe weather conditions are encountered.

Ready to learn more about LED lighting and retrofits? Join us at our French Gerleman St. Louis Customer Center on Thursday, October 29, for our LED Upgrade Opportunities event! We will be featuring live demonstrations and a chance to discuss your retrofit project with product experts. Click HERE to register and learn more about the event. We hope to see you there!


LED Lighting Retrofits for Energy Savings

We have presented the pros and cons of making the switch to LED lighting in a previous blog and we wanted to delve into the benefits of LED Retrofits. Businesses who are looking to become more energy efficient are turning to LED retrofit. By retrofitting traditional lighting fixtures, you are harnessing the efficiency and reliability of LEDs cost-effectively with minimal disruption to your business.

LED technology reduces electrical consumption compared to conventional lighting systems, and also offers controllability and light uniformity, which can be a benefit to your business. Not only does LED lighting provide a substantial reduction in energy usage, by using the existing installation they decrease your initial installation investment.

Featured LED Lighting Retrofit Products

Lithonia Lighting


The KAD-LED is the most cost effective 400W Metal Halide replacement available today! The Contour Series luminaries offer traditional square dayforms with softened edges for a versatile look. The long life and energy savings of the KAD-LED makes it perfect for illuminating streets, parking lots, walkways and surrounding outdoor areas.


The RV6 LED Retrofit commercial downlight delivers up to 1500 lumens, allowing you to upgrade your existing “pan-style” housings to a more energy efficient LED technology in just a matter of minutes! The RV6 is idea for retrofit applications where lighting performance and design are critical. For example, offices, corridors, reception areas, schools and retail environments.

Universal Lighting


Everline RK Kit
The Everline LED retrofit kits convert 2′ or 4′ fixtures to LED lighting. It includes everything you need for a simple installation, there’s no hassle! It is available in 2,300 lumens to 6,000 lumens with an 82 CRI and CCTs of 3500K, 4000K and 5000K.


In our next blog we will focus on the reduced labor and maintenance costs associated with LED lighting retrofit. Be sure to check back next week to see how you can save money and see our featured products.

Interested in learning more about LED lighting and retrofits? Join us on Thursday, October 29, for our LED Upgrade Opportunities event at our French Gerleman St. Louis Customer Center! The event will feature live demonstrations and a chance to discuss your retrofit project with product experts. Click HERE to learn more or to register.