The cost to convert from fluorescent to LED lighting has come down dramatically in the past two years. Bryant-Denny and Jordan-Hare Stadium are just two of the many facilities that converted to LED from fluorescent or metal halide. LED lights:
Before we get started, here’s a brief overview of how fluorescent lights are different from LED lights:
Fluorescent lights and CFLs - Put simply, fluorescent and compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) use electricity to excite mercury atoms. The process generates light photons and heat. You can read a more detailed explanation here.
LEDs (light-emitting diodes) - are like little tiny light bulbs. They emit light when an electric current passes through a semiconducting material. The process is called electroluminescence. Learn more about the inner workings of LEDs here.
Watts and Lumens - Lumens describe the brightness of a light. Watts indicate how much energy the bulb/tube consumes.
Fluorescent bulbs use more watts to produce lower lumens compared to LED lights. Put another way: fluorescent bulbs consume more energy to produce less light. Here's a quick breakdown:
Getting more brightness for your buck is just the first of many reasons to convert your warehouse from fluorescent to LED lighting. Here's another big reason: your existing high bay lights cost more than you may realize.
LED warehouse lights use 60-80 percent less energy compared to their fluorescent counterparts — not just because of their stronger lumens per watt output.
Think about how much it costs to have someone replace some or all of your overhead lights. When considering the price, be sure to include any aerial equipment you may need to rent and downtime that may be incurred. Now cut that cost by 80 percent. When your lights last five times longer, you replace them less often.
Technically, fluorescent lights can be dimmed. But a dim fluorescent produces poor-quality light, and they tend to flicker, which is hard on the eyes.
With LEDs, you can customize your lighting to meet your exact needs. They’re perfect for smart lighting solutions that automatically go on, off, or dim depending on the time of day or occupancy. Unlike fluorescent lights, turning LEDs on or off frequently doesn’t shorten their lifespan.
A variety of rebates and incentives are available from local governments and energy companies. Our local experts can tell you what’s available in your area and help you apply for credits or other incentives.
If you’re ready to retrofit your warehouse or other facility with LED lights, we have some good news and bad news.
The good news is: it’s more affordable than ever.
The bad news? You have a lot of lighting options to choose from. With so many facilities choosing to convert from fluorescent to LED, many manufacturers have jumped on the bandwagon
But there’s more good news - we’re here to help. We’ve worked with businesses throughout Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee to convert their high bay lighting from fluorescent to LED. We know what brands sell quality LED lights and stand behind their products with a warranty.
Whether you want a quick plug-and-play solution that doesn’t require expensive electrical installation, or if you’re ready to replace your fixtures with high-tech smart lighting, our experts will help you choose the right type of warehouse lighting for your needs and budget.
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