We speak with clients all the time who have ruled out LED as a viable lighting option due to budgetary restraints. And we tell them all the same thing, or something similar. . . Something like: "Whoa, whoa, whoa – not so fast!"
Let's cut to the chase. Repeat after me: I can upgrade to LED on a tight budget.
One of the keys to pulling this off is aligning yourself with a reputable manufacturer and distributor to guide you through the thorny decision-making process. There are LED options galore and choosing a single product for your building can be overwhelming. But the right partner will back you up with warranty and product support, which is important for your long-term peace-of-mind.
We always recommend starting with a test install, or mockup, but when it comes time to move forward on a large-scale project, you want manufacturers that have your back. In this video, we give you some advice to help you get started with LED lighting.
Retrofitting to LED lighting has many advantages for your business including energy savings, easy maintenance, and improved visual appeal. Whether you're showcasing product, creating the ideal environment for your tenants, or simply looking to retrofit your lighting with the aim of saving money on energy and labor, LED is worth your consideration.
Let's say you're ready to go LED. Where do you start? You can go online, you can Google anything. You can find any type of LED product online. Is that the best place to go?
You want to make sure you align yourself with a reputable manufacturer and a reputable distributor so that you have warranty support, you have case study support, and you have product support. Nothing is worse than starting a long-term project or investing in something that you want to make your property look better, but once you get the product you don't have any support – whether it fails and no one answers your phone call or it doesn't look like what the spec sheet said it would look like and you're having a hard time tracking down someone to help you.
Once you know (you) want to go LED and (you) want to start in these one or two areas, always find a company that has been there before – in those applications – and has the product to help you, the warranty to help you, and case studies to look at, so you know they're going to support you from project beginning to project end.
If you're interested in learning your rate of return on a new lighting upgrade, check out our energy savings calculator.