When you're catering to the needs of an entire facility, it can be challenging to save on energy costs. Commercial office buildings might contain several different companies, which means you're trying to serve all of their lighting and energy preferences the best you can.
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It seems like there is an endless sea of LED light bulbs to choose from these days. But LED lighting has changed more than just replacement products. There is also a whole new category of options: LED fixtures.
We commonly get the question: “I’d like to upgrade to LED lighting, but how do I know if I should go with a screw-in replacement product or a new LED fixture?”
You might not realize it, but you interact with fluorescent lighting every day. Whether it’s in the office building or grocery store, fluorescent lamps are probably the most popular type of lighting.
T12 fluorescent tubes are hard to come by these days, but that's not to say they've disappeared entirely.
The tubes began to be phased out in mid-2012, which we wrote about at length in our post, "The phase out of T12s: Everything you need to know about discontinued tubes."
But if you still have T12s in your sockets and you're looking to save money on lighting in the next year, there are a
Linear LED tubes have become more competitive over the years, and with that comes more options than ever. So, if you’re operating with discontinued T12 fluorescent tubes, you’re probably beginning to weigh the options for a retrofit.
But in the sea of choices, how do you know what the right product is and where to buy it?
If you’re looking to convert your linear fluorescent lamps to linear LED lamps, there are now more options and additional risks to consider.
This article has been updated with new information and new products. It was originally published in 2017.
If you still have T12s in your building and they run on magnetic ballasts, you may soon face a problem: what do you do when your ballasts die?
Unlike fluorescents, some linear LEDs do not need a ballast to power up and produce light. So, a lot of our customers have been asking us about the safety of just bypassing the ballast and direct-wiring their LED tubes.
Proper lighting is key in providing a positive tenant, guest, or shopper experience in any parking garage. In many respects, it's a first impression for the people visiting your facility and shouldn't be overlooked.
This lighting typically remains on 24/7, so it’s important to have long-life bulbs to avoid burnouts at the wrong time. Additionally, these 24/7 burn-time light fixtures present a quick payback on energy-efficient LED upgrades.
Whether your commercial office building is new, dated, large, or small, proper lighting is a vital component of a functional and efficient workplace. It’s no secret that dim lighting puts strain on the eyes and lowers productivity, and harsh lighting can trigger serious migraines. Aside from employee benefit, some light fixtures also serve as decoration or accent lighting to make your facility more attractive to tenants.
Finding the perfect replacement products for these fixtures can be a hassle – and determining how to retrofit these fixtures can be confusing.