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Making Your LED Light Inventory

 

Most companies are in some business other than lighting and the exact number and type of bulbs that they have fall under the radar of everyday concerns.  It's the aggregate effect of all those bulbs in the form of a monthly utility bill that hits home and usually drives the initial interest in switching to LED lights.  There's one time that it make sense to really understand the bulb make-up in a business or residence and that's when  running your LED light quote.  This process is know as the lighting inventory and it's basically a tally of types and numbers of bulbs.  Let's walk through how to conduct your lighting inventory and some basic terminology that will help us provide the most accurate LED lighting quote.

In most cases, a change to LED lighting is a direct bulb to bulb conversion.  Start with 100 bulbs (either incandescent, CFL, or fluorescent) and end with 100 bulbs of the low wattage, long-lasting LED flavor.  Let's look at the information needed through our LED light quote.

The categories you'll see in the LED light quote are Type, Location, Wattage, Bulbs per Fixture, and Total Quanity.  There are multiple lines and we want to put each type of bulb on one line to make things cleaner.  Let's look at the categories.

First you have Type and this refers to your current bulb type.  Light bulbs have a nomenclature to describe all the different shapes, types, and sockets.  You can check our our Bulb Type page for images of the most common bulb types and names.  You may list something like PAR38 or GU11 in the "Type" area.  If you're unsure, you can always shoot us a picture of the bulb or email us a question.  We'd be happy to help with this.  Make sure to include if the bulbs are dimmable as this affects the pricing.  You have a PAR38 or PAR38 dimmable which are priced differently.

The next category, Location is more for your internal uses.  We'll package them accordingly and this will help you at the time of installation.  Keep in mind that non-dimmable bulbs should not be put in a dimmable socket as it can damage it.

Wattage is our third category.  The wattage is usually printed right on the bulb and it helps us quote an equivalent bulb since we can translate wattage into lumens or amount of light that a bulb produces.  If you have a 60 watt incandescent light, we know that a 3 watt LED will provide the same (if not more) light.  Accuracy is really important here to make sure you have comparable light production (at a much lower wattage) and recommend exact amounts.

Bulbs per fixture is generally only needed for strip or fluorescent lightings since a fixture may have 4 bulbs or it may have 2 bulbs.  This also comes into play with the direct  bulb to bulb comment we made above.  It's not unreasonable to get the same amount of light production form 2 LED strips as you would get from 4 fluorescent strips which furthers increases your savings.   You can also leave this category blank and just stick a straight bulb to bulb comparison.

Finally, there is total Quantity for a particular bulb.  Remember to list different types of bulbs and different wattage bulbs on separate lines for a more accurate quote.  For example PAR38 90 watt would be on one line while PAR38 60 watt would be on another so we can more exactly match your lighting needs unless of course, you would rather the lights all have the same brightness in a given space. 

Please let us know if you have any questions on running your LED lighting inventory so we can get the quote to you as soon as possible. 


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