Harness New LED Technologies in Your Facility

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Harness New LED Technologies in Your Facility

On October 19, we hosted an LED Seminar in St. Louis with presentations from Philips, Acuity Brands and Dialight on emerging lighting technologies and how they can improve your workplace. They each focused on different aspects of how upgrading to LED lighting can improve your workplace from improved light output to new connected systems.

State of the Lighting Industry from Philips

LEDs have made a huge impact on the lighting industry as they are extremely efficient, last far longer than traditional lighting and are capable of being dimmed. LEDs can last up to 100,000 hours depending on the type, which equates to about 25 years in an office.

Upgrading to LED lighting has its costs, as any upgrade does, but there are different upgrade strategies you can take:

  • Simply replacing traditional light sources with LEDs, like changing the lamp in a fixture, will save energy and be more sustainable, but does not provide a new look or feel. It is the least expensive and easiest transition to LED lighting.
  • Installing a retrofit kit to replace traditional panel lighting is a cost effective way to help provide a new look and feel to your lighting, in addition to standard LED benefits, without penetrating the ceiling.
  • Completely renovating your lighting solutions can be higher cost, but will provide a new look and functionality
  • Add Enhanced Controls. Adding control systems to your lighting allows you to adjust for natural daylight, whether or not the building is occupied, and lets you dim your lights, which can add 50-65% more energy savings in addition to the savings that simply come from switching your light sources.

Old technology is declining as LED improves. Issues with LED, such as glare, are being fixed, and LEDs can now come with integrated sensors and be connected into controlled lighting.

The Next Step, Lighting Controls from Acuity Brands

Switching out lamps help save energy, but the next step forward in energy reduction is controlled lighting. Connecting an entire building with an information system converged network creates an IoT building. IoT (The Internet of Things) delivers building services through one holistic IP system.

Lighting offers the ideal platform to enable the IoT in buildings:

  • Ubiquity — where there are people, there are lights
  • Continuous power for additional sensors and devices
  • Processing capability for edge computing
  • Energy savings from a lighting retrofit can help fund inclusion of IoT networking and sensors

A smart LED lighting system can provide the IoT framework to unify your lighting devices, building controls, management systems and networks.  New, smart lighting systems can provide enhanced, customer-focused services to maximize performance, reduce operational costs, create better visual environments and increase energy savings while enhancing user experiences.

Energy-efficient LED lighting is being transformed into a smart, connected platform for data-driven applications. As a result, companies can derive more value from their LED systems beyond energy-efficiency and high-quality lighting.  Smart applications can help enhance employee safety and security, improve parking management, leverage location analytics and propel operations to the next level.

Evaluation & Selection of LED Fixtures from Dialight

When choosing LED solutions for your workplace, you have to consider the safety standards your lighting must meet. Different standards apply to different environments, such as industrial verses a hazardous location.

The 2017 NEC NFPA70 Code Book is the standard for all such safety ratings. When it comes to lighting safety in general, heat must be considered – both how much heat the lighting emits and how much it can withstand from the environment.

Why upgrade to LED? Overwhelmingly the top reason is safety, followed by energy reduction, maintenance reduction and the reduction of overall operational costs. LED systems use less energy and last longer require less maintenance, making your workplace safer and more efficient.

Whether you are looking to make your workplace safer, or you are looking for an integrated control system, LEDs are your path ahead. If you have further questions, connect with your French Gerleman Account Manager for more information.


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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.


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What You Need to Know About LEDs Before Your Next Project

How LED work

What is an LED and how does it work? 

A LED, or light emitting diode, is a semiconductor diode which has the ability to conduct an electrical current.  The diodes are formed by combining two different semiconductor materials to form a P-N (positive and negative) junction.  When current is applied, the negative moves to one side while the positive moves to the opposite.  Light is generated when the positive and negative charges recombine.

Lifespan

LEDs are unlike other traditional light sources in that they do not simply fail.  Instead, the LED’s light output slowly diminishes over time.  For example, L70 is the point in hours that the lumen output has depreciated to 70% of the initial lumen output.  L80 would be 80% of the initial lumen output.

Color temperature

The RGB white method and the phosphor white method are the two methods of producing white light with LEDs.  The RGB white method produces white light by combining the output from red, green and blue LEDs.  The phosphor white method produces white light in a single LED by combining a short-wavelength LED, such as blue or UV, and a yellow phosphor coating with one another.

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Key terms related to LEDs

  • Luminous Efficacy is the total luminous flux emitted by the light source divided by the lamp wattage and is expressed in lumens per watt (lm/w).
  • Lighting Fixture Efficiency is the ratio of the total lumens exiting the fixture to the total lumens produced by the light source.
  • Absolute Photometry is the evaluation of the performance of the combined LED fixture system. Prior to LEDs, luminaire performance was done using Relative Photometry which allowed fixtures and lamps to be evaluated separately.
  • Fixture Efficiency is the ratio of the total lumens exiting the fixture to the total lumens produced by the light source.
  • Delivered Lumens is the amount of a light source’s raw lumen output that reaches the intended illuminated area.

 

Now that you understand the LED technology and terminology a bit better, here are some considerations when evaluating your next lighting project:

 

  • DON’T assume that all LEDs are created equal because they are not! Be sure to do your research.
  • DO know who you are buying from. Use established manufacturers you can trust. Many early LED manufacturers are no longer in business.
  • DON’T assume that any fixture can be converted into a LED. New and old technology don’t always mix.
  • DO look for retrofit kits designed by the original manufacturer. Find out if retrofitting is the right choice.
  • DON’T use lumen output alone to evaluate light sources. Look at fixture efficacy to determine efficiency.
  • DO read the fine print and check the environmental temperature rating. While cold is rarely an issue for LEDs, heat can sometimes affect performance.
  • DON’T forget that equivalencies are not always equal. Again, always do your research.
  • DO pay attention to specific fixture listings and environmental concerns.
  • DON’T assume that just because a fixture looks good on paper that it will work for you. Ask for samples if they are available.
  • DO remember that technology is constantly evolving. Purchase extras if consistency is important to you.
  • DON’T assume that all measurements and calculations are the same. Entrust one solitary source to do all the measurements to ensure consistency.
  • DO remember to check your verticals. They are just as important as horizontals.
  • DON’T assume that colors will look the same from all fixtures.
  • DO pay attention to warranty information when choosing your LEDs.
  • DON’T stop upgrading your lighting system after switching to LEDs. Take full advantage of your LEDs by pairing them with the appropriate control strategy.
  • DO look into dimming, OCC and controls. They will increase the future value of your system.
  • DON’T settle for fixtures that aren’t designed to be serviced. Look for fixtures with replaceable parts.
  • DO include the additional maintenance savings of not having to change lamps and ballasts. Maintenance savings can be substantial.

 

This information was presented at our Product and Technology Expo.  Click here to view the full presentation.

If you have questions about LED lighting or want to incorporate it into your facility, please contact your French Gerleman Account Manager or click here to request information