LED Lighting Installation


So now what?   You've clearly seen the cost savings associated with a transfer to LED lighting.  You have the quote in hand and the bulbs are on their way according the inventory list you provided.  Once they arrive, for everything but fluorescents, the installation is pretty straight forward as the LED lights are built to exactly fit existing incandescent or CFL fixtures.  That's the beauty of the spot and general lighting LED bulbs.  They're ready to go.  You basically screw them in and start to save from minute one.  If you have a significant number of bulbs to replace, you can either use existing labor to change the bulbs or hire electrical help on a contract basis.  Keep in mind that you would need to switch out the existing incandescent bulbs anyway especially since they burn out in 1200 to 2500 hours on average or every 241 days assuming 10 hours a day usage.  We're just making the switch all at one time and these bulbs will likely last for years. 


Installation is pretty simple for these types of bulbs.  Also keep in mind that the breakage is significantly lower (if non-existent) for new LED lights.   Incandescents and CFL's have a much higher breakage percentage with some estimate up to 20% for large batch orders.  LED's are solid state devices which means they are electronic components made of solid materials without moving parts and/or vacuum tubes.  Of course, we have a system to handle the small percentage of LED's that might arrive inoperable.  We'll get a replacement out immediately and manage the return of damaged arrivals.  Again, one big strength of LED's is a significant reduction in such an event. 


Fluorescents require one more step for installation.  Existing fluorescent strips have a ballast.  The ballast is essentially the fixture that the tubes go into.  It's a specialized fixture made exclusively to power the fluorescent tubes.  Coincidentally, the ballasts require electricity as well as the actual light which is another drain on electricity and a further cost to you.  These ballasts are no longer needed with LED lights so there is a cost and requirement to remove them so that the LED strip goes directly to the power source.  The labor costs is more than outweighed by the resulting power savings not to mention bulb replacement savings both in terms of replacement bulbs and the labor to switch them out on a much more regular basis.   


Keep any bulbs that may be defective to return for a replacement.  On average, you can expect 2% of the new bulbs will not work properly versus roughly 20% of the incandescent/fluorescent bulbs currently in use.  Ultimately, defective bulbs at installation will be replaced but that's 10 times the labor required not to mention the downtime while waiting for replacement bulbs to arrive. 


You can of course do the installation in phases or even as existing bulbs fail but you also delay the significant savings attributed to switching out bulbs to LED's.  The savings starts the first second you actually put in the bulb since it's purely a function of watts going into the light and LED's use considerably less wattage.  There should be no issues with shelving LED lights in a dry, secure storage location as they are Solid State by design.  Of course, we're hear to help you with guidance and questions along the way.  We especially love to hear about the first 1-2 months of changes in the electric bill.  Get use to the extra savings.  You have years more coming. 

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