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In order to better control the amount of energy that buildings and homes are using, many people have turned to LED lighting. This type of lighting is both better for the environment and can save you money on your utility bills, a win win for everyone! In the following post we will take a look at guidelines that will help you avoid common mistakes when it comes to LED light and how to learn from those lessons.

 

Test Fixtures

 

If you have ever seen an LED light, it is no question that they produce a different light then what you may have been used to before. LED lights have a higher efficacy than traditional lighting systems so you may not to test them in different spots throughout the building to make sure they are not producing an excessive amount of light. LEDs are generally pointed down which gives them better targeting. Ultimately increasing the coefficient of utilization. Therefore, more of the lumens exiting the lamp will actually reach the target. A common complaint of improved targeting is glare, that is why it is important to test your fixtures before you replace the current lightbulbs. You do not want to cause any occupants to be uncomfortable or affect their vision.

 

Quality Products

 

As with any product you buy, make sure it is a high-quality product that will last. Make sure the product has the right credentials. You need to be sure that the lights are safe and have passed standardized performance tests. It is helpful if the LEDs have some type of warranty on them, it also would be beneficial to research the company if you have never heard of it to ensure there is some credibility with the product.

 

Budgeting for the Future

 

LEDs do save energy and maintenance costs, but keep in mind to budget for their replacements when the lamps do fail. For many facilities that operate one shift, they will need replaced around the 10-year mark. Although the overall savings from LEDs are usually positive, it will cost money to replace them. Due to how fast technology is advancing, it is likely the LEDs you are installing now will be obsolete and unavailable in the next 10 years. When that time comes you may be dealing with a different lighting technology. 

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