What are lighting retrofits?
A simple definition of a lighting retrofit is the replacement of your old lighting fixtures and/or bulbs with newer, more efficient equivalents. LED retrofits result in better light output and greater energy efficiency, increasing visibility and safety of your facility while simultaneously reducing energy usage. Less energy use means lower electricity bills for you and less greenhouse gas emissions for the environment.
Why are LEDs so great?
Many facilities are still operating with old, outdated bulbs that are eating up unnecessary electricity. LEDs, or light emitting diodes, shine brighter, last much longer, and consume a fraction of the energy than their traditional counterparts. With a third of the energy consumption, they save up to 70% in energy costs and provide better light.
LEDs can be used in almost any application and are especially valuable in commercial settings. The expected life of an LED fixture is 50,000 hours — which would last about 10 years in a facility that operates for 12 hours a day — significantly reducing the required maintenance over time. This saves your maintenance resources and avoids associated facility downtime, helping you operate at peak performance.
These projects have an average ROI of two years and are often eligible for rebate incentive programs from most utilities. Combined with the energy and maintenance savings, the rebates can be the icing on the cake for your LED retrofit project.
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SC Thrive upgraded 24 exterior parking lot lights with 100W LEDs, enhancing the safety and visibility of the property. They save $2,650 every year in energy and maintenance costs as a result of the efficiency of LEDs, and they received a $1,600 rebate from their utility rebate program.
Colliers International updated this warehouse facility's old and insufficient lighting to help increase the property's value and attract potential customers. An exterior and interior retrofit contributes to an estimated savings of $7,000 a year in operating expenses. The payback for this investment is a remarkable 1.28 years and provides long-term benefits for future occupants of the facility.
The Virginia Beach Field House is Virginia's premier indoor sports facility with over 175,000 sq ft under its roof. Replacing 217 interior high bay fixtures and 29 exterior pole top fixtures with LED led to over $26,000 reduction in energy and maintenance costs. The difference is like night and day and both management and patrons are ecstatic about the facility's new look.
Exterior parking lot retrofit at Sandy Ridge Square shopping center in Columbia, SC. The LEDs meet challenging lighting requirements and still save energy compared to their old fixtures. There is greater visibility for customers and employees, enhancing safety and security on the property. They expect to save $11,200 per year on energy and maintenance savings.
An interior retrofit of 27 high bay fixtures in the school's gym resulted in a brighter, safer, and better looking facility. Along with their immediate energy cost savings, they received just under $3,000 in rebates from their electric service provider.
The SCASA parking lot replaced eleven 400 watt metal halide bulbs with new 150 LED bulbs to increase the facility's energy efficiency. The parking lot is now much brighter and uses a fraction of the energy than before. They received a rebate incentive over $1,000 and expect to save around $2,500 in energy and maintenance savings every year.
Retrofit of almost 50 exterior light fixtures from metal halide to LED, with a mix of pole top lights, canopy lights, floodlights, up lights, and bollards at the Wingate Hotel in Lexington, SC.
Retrofit of 48 old metal halide lights to new 300W LED lights for the Richland County Recreation Commission in Columbia, SC. The switch will result in over $4,800 of annual energy savings and they also received a $13,000 rebate from their utility's energy efficiency rebate program.