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Retrofitting Saves Money | Industrial Electrician | J.E.C. Electric

Lighting retrofitting refers to replacing various parts and components in a lighting system with more efficient parts. For example, a homeowner may decide to replace old, yellow-tinted sodium lamps with whiter fluorescent lights. Retrofitting is a quick and convenient way of upgrading the existing lighting system without spending money on swapping all components.

Retrofit LED tubes can be used in all fluorescent fixtures and ballast-free LED fixtures. If you want to use them with your existing fixtures, you need to rewire the fixtures to bypass the ballast. When you buy the tubes, you will find a user manual to guide you through the installation process. JEC Electric has a team of professional electricians who can do the work for you.

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Why Retrofit Fluorescent Lighting?

One of the main reasons why many people opt for retrofitting fluorescent lighting is the expected money savings. How does that happen?

You Get Tax Incentives and Other Savings

When it comes to retrofitting, you should consider factors such as the overall cost and the potential energy savings. The government introduced tax incentives and rebates for all non-residential projects, making the process more appealing. There are special incentives for different types of commercial buildings.

If you are uncertain about the incentives you are likely to get, inquire about state and federal rebates. An Orange County industrial electrician can enlighten you about incentives. These benefits can provide enough savings for you to offset the initial investment cost. According to some experts, energy-efficient lighting offers the highest returns on investments.

Some studies have shown that retrofitting fluorescent lighting can provide up to 45% of returns on investment. As a result, you can recover the investment cost in about two years. The lower maintenance costs of retrofitting fluorescent lighting with LED lighting also justifies the importance of the process.

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Retrofitting Is an Eco-Friendly Alternative

Other than the incentives, retrofitting your fluorescent lighting with LED lighting can help your property to go green. You can also receive the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification, which will boost your property's resale value and ensure sustainability.

The government and non-profit institutions have been encouraging property owners to go green and reduce energy consumption. This is another benefit of retrofitting your existing fluorescent lighting with LED.

Lower Energy Bills

Compared to conventional fluorescent lighting, LED bulbs consume about 50% less energy, especially if you switch on the lights for extended periods. As a result, you will record substantial energy cost-savings. LEDs can aim light in a particular direction, resulting in more energy savings.

A Longer Lifespan

This is another reason why people prefer hiring Orange County industrial electricians to retrofit fluorescent light bulbs. This means you don't need to replace them frequently. LED light bulbs can last up to 50,000 hours.

Some conventional bulbs have a lifespan of about 1,000 hours. Additionally, the chances of burning out or failing suddenly are low. Unlike most lighting options, they dim over time, making them more convenient.

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Lower Labor Costs for Installation

Note that some retrofitting tasks may be labor-intensive, especially if you need to use a lift. In some cases, the exercise may be as simple as removing some screws of a bulb and replacing it. This reduces the costs of labor.

Common Types of Retrofitting

The process is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Your fluorescent fixtures may seem fine, but they may need an upgrade. Whichever objective you have, there's a perfect retrofitting solution for your property. Lamp replacement is the easiest and one of the most common retrofitting tasks.

Another option is using retrofit kits. In this process, you can keep the original fixture but install the kits. Depending on your property's wiring, you need to hire experts like JEC Electric for professional installation services. We have a team of licensed and experienced technicians who are ready to serve you.

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