Tuesday, November 27, 2018

How can your business convert fluorescent tubes to LED?

A guide to replacing your Fluorescent tube lights with LED lamps

If your business is considering a fluorescent to LED retrofit project but you’re not sure where to start, this high level guide should help you.  You may not have time to look into all of the details of such a project and know what you should be considering, and so my goal is to provide you with enough information to make some decisions.  If after reading this you still need more information, I invite you to contact me directly for an initial consultation into your LED retrofit project.

There are 3 popular options to replace your fluorescent tube lights:

  1. Replacing your old tube lights with LED lights that are 17 watts or greater. The benefits to your business:
  • Lowest upfront costs.  These lamps are generally less than $10 each.
  • They are energy efficient, but not as efficient as the options below.
  • You can use the existing ballast without needing to replace it.
  • These lamps will typically last 35,000 hours, which equates to over 8 years of life if you’re running the lamps for 12 hours per day, 365 days per year.
  • These lamps do not produce the amount of light as the options below.
  1. Replacing your old tube lights with LED lights that are 15 watts. The benefits to your business:
  • These lamps cost about $17 each and provide the highest light output.
  • These lamps will typically last 50,000 hours, which equates to over 11 years of life if you’re running the lamps for 12 hours per day, 365 days per year.
  • This lamp will provide good energy savings.
  1. Replacing your old tube lights with LED lights that are 12 watts. The benefits to your business:
  • These lamps cost about $13 each and has a medium light output.
  • These lamps will typically last 50,000 hours, which equates to over 11 years of life if you’re running the lamps for 12 hours per day, 365 days per year.
  • This lamp will provide the best energy savings of the 3 options.

5 steps to start your LED Retrofit project

Now that you know the 3 primary replacement options, we’ll cover the steps you should take for your LED retrofit project.
Step 1 – Determine your LED retrofit budget: prices have trended downward and now is a great time to start your project. No matter your budget, there is an LED lamp that’s right for your project.
Step 2 – What are your goals for the project? If you’re looking to significantly reduce energy costs and/or ongoing maintenance expense, using a lamp with a longer lifespan should be part of your plans.
Step 3 – Identify the lamps to be part of the retrofit project.  Referred to as “group relamping” I recommend that a business identify clusters of lamps that make sense to replace at the same time.  In the long run, group relamping will save you more time and energy than doing the project on a one-off basis.  This also makes the spend more predictable and you can prioritize which lamp clusters should be done first, second, and so on.
Step 4 – Determine the level of light output needed.  Consider how the space is being used and select your light output accordingly.  If you need help with this step, contact us and we’ll be happy to assist.
Step 5 – Make your final decision.  You’ve determined your budget and goals, the level of light output needed, as well as the cluster(s) of lamps to be retrofitted.  Now it’s time to put it all together to determine which LED lamps you need for the project.  The following project types and lamp recommendations are just a guide, but should be helpful as you select your lamp type:
  • Warehouse (with low light output needs): 17 watt lamp recommended
  • Commercial office building: 15 watt lamp recommended
  • Hospital/Retirement home: 12 watt lamp recommended
  • Parking garage: 12 watt lamp recommended
Now that you have all of the preliminary steps cared for, it’s time to start your project.  If you’d like a partner to manage the project, installation and ongoing maintenance, contact the lighting experts at PKK Lighting in Madison WI.  We’ve managed hundreds of LED retrofit projects and would be delighted to talk to you about your project and how we might be able to help.
This post was originally published at https://www.pkklighting.com/how-can-your-business-convert-fluorescent-tubes-to-led/.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Lighting as a Service (LaaS) – what is it and is it worth it?

Could Lighting as a Service (LaaS) pay for your lighting project?

Many businesses are learning that they can put money in their pocket each and every month AND upgrade their lighting system AND reduce the amount of energy they use.  Sound too good to be true? Keep reading to see if Lighting as a Service (LaaS) might be the solution you were looking for to upgrade your lighting system.

What is Lighting as a Service?

Think of LaaS as a monthly subscription service like your cell phone bill or cable bill, where you pay a monthly amount for your service.  In this case, what you are paying for is a significant upgrade to your lighting system that is completed by your lighting service provider, but you’re spreading out the payments over a period of a few years. At the same time you’re realizing the cost savings from the reduced electric bills due to the energy efficient lighting you’ve installed.  The lighting service provider will take care of the design and installation of the new lighting system as well as the warranty, repairs and maintenance on the system over the life of the contract.  In many cases the reduction in monthly energy costs is MORE than the monthly LaaS payments, resulting in the business actually spending less each month after the upgrade than they were spending previously.

Where to find a Lighting Provider for your LaaS project?

It’s important to have a trusted lighting service provider when you’re ready to Implement a LaaS project.  The lighting provider can walk you through the benefits and the savings calculations and help recommend a financial institution that is experienced with LaaS projects.  Some of the things you should look for in a lighting service provider:
  1. Good reputation: you want a company that’s known for its quality work, fair pricing, and responsiveness for repair and warranty work.
  2. Years in business: look for a company that’s been in business for a long time and will be around for many more.  Since LaaS requires the lighting service company to maintain and repair your system for several years, you want them to be able to fulfill the contract.
  3. Experience implementing LaaS contracts: not every lighting company has experience with LaaS projects and fulfilling the obligations of the contract.
When you’re ready to determine if a LaaS project might be right for your business, contact the experienced team at PKK Lighting in Madison, Wisconsin.  We have been in business for almost 50 years installing and maintaining lighting systems for our customers.  We’ve worked with a number of customers to help them implement a LaaS project and we’d like to help your company evaluate the benefits that you could realize from a lighting as a service project.

Monday, September 24, 2018

LED Lighting - advantages for your business

Has your business considered the many advantages of LED Lighting?

When making the decision of whether to switch to LED lighting, many of our customers ask us to explain the advantages of LED lighting for their business.  With so many potential projects competing for limited funding, a business needs to weigh the advantages that each project will provide so they can make informed decisions.  If you need help identifying the specific advantages of LED lighting for your business, contact the lighting consultants at PKK Lighting in Madison, WI for a free consultation.
As you evaluate your most important projects, here are some of the primary advantages of LED lighting for business that you should consider:

Energy Savings of LED Lighting

One of the biggest advantages of LED lighting is the energy savings and reduced electrical costs.  Energy Star LED bulbs typically use 75% less energy than conventional incandescent bulbs.  This lower cost of energy results in a shorter payback from a switch to LED lighting.  PKK Lighting can help you determine the payback period for your LED lighting project.

Technology advantages of LED Lighting

Advances in and improvements to LED lighting technology have dramatically improved the color rendering abilities of LEDs.  The ability to boost the output for a certain spectrum of light can result in more vibrant colors, which is important to grocery and convenience stores, retailers, museums and other businesses where “real” lighting is important.
LED lighting technology allows a business to display virtually any color under the rainbow at the touch of a button or to program the lighting to change by time of day or day of week to correspond  to how the space is being used.

Maintenance advantages of LED Lighting

LED bulbs can last 50 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs, which means much less time spent replacing burned out bulbs.  For businesses with very high ceilings and hard to reach places that require ladders and other special equipment, the reduction in maintenance costs is even more dramatic.  In fact, a business should consider changing to LED lighting in these hard to reach places first, as the benefits can start accruing right away.

Environmental advantages of LED Lighting

For businesses that want to fulfill their social responsibility to the environment, making a switch to LED lighting is a no brainer.  The reduction in energy consumption alone makes the case for LED lighting.  Add the ability to recycle 100% of LED bulbs and fixtures and that LED’s contain no mercury, and businesses can feel much better about their impact on the environment.
In summary, making the switch to LED lighting will provide your business with many advantages over old-fashioned incandescent lighting.  From lower life-time costs, to improved technology, to the reduced impact on our environment, LED lighting is a great choice for your business.  Contact the lighting experts at PKK Lighting to discuss your project to make the switch to LED lighting.
This post was originally published at https://www.pkklighting.com/led-lighting-advantages-for-your-business/.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

LED retrofit - fluorescent light replacement tubes

What is an LED Fluorescent Light Retrofit?

The decision to change out your existing fluorescent lights should be an easy one.  You’ve been diligently maintaining your T5, T8, and/or T12 fluorescent tube lights for many years.  Whether those lights are high bay fluorescents, shop lights, or in-ceiling mounted troffer lights, you’ve finally come to the decision to do an LED retrofit project so you can take advantage of the many benefits LED fluorescent lights have to offer.  The energy savings alone should be enough for you to start the LED retrofit project, but when you consider the superior lighting levels and lower ongoing maintenance costs you’ll realize from the LED fluorescent tubes, you’ll wonder why you didn’t start this project years ago.
Now that you’ve made the decision to start the LED retrofit project, your next decision is which version of LED fluorescent tubes will you incorporate into your project: Plug and Play; Direct Wire; or a Hybrid approach.  Here is some additional information to help you understand the 3 approaches and some of the pros and cons of each:
  • Plug and Play: this solution provides a quick plug-in installation with the appropriate ballast and is compatible with most types of electronic ballasts.  This is the simplest way to reduce energy costs, but only if the current ballast is fully compatible with the LED replacement tubes.  If the ballast fails in this approach, you’ll be faced with the expense of changing out the ballast with a compatible replacement.
  • Direct Wire: this solution requires complete removal or bypass of the existing ballast as well as rewiring of the fixture to connect to in-line voltage.  This is by far the most energy efficient approach because it doesn’t require a power source controller (ballast) to operate.  It will likely require a licensed electrician to remove the old ballast and rewire the fixture to in-line voltage.  This is the most reliable of the 3 approaches and requires less ongoing maintenance because there are no ballasts to fail.
  • Hybrid approach: this solution can operate with or without a ballast; it can be connected to in-line voltage, and is the simplest installation of the 3 versions.  The hybrid fluorescent tubes are made to work with or without a ballast, but if they are installed in fixtures that do have a ballast and that ballast fails, the light will cease to work until the ballast is replaced or the fixture is rewired to bypass the ballast.
If you’d like to discuss your LED fluorescent tubes retrofit project, contact the expert lighting consultants at PKK Lighting in Madison, WI.  We’ll be happy to come out to your location to evaluate which approach would work best for your situation and to provide you with a quote for your project and the expected savings you’ll realize from the life of the project.
This post was originally published at https://www.pkklighting.com/led-retrofit-fluorescent-light-replacement-tubes/.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Grocery Store Lighting – are LED lights right for you?

Brighten things up with Grocery Store Lighting

Are your customers excited about their trip to the store to shop for fruits, vegetables, meats and deli items, or are they just going through the motions?  If it’s the latter, then it might be time for you to evaluate your Grocery Store Lighting and upgrade to LED lighting, especially for your product displays.  LED lighting throughout your grocery store will dramatically improve the look and feel of your store and can improve the experience of your customers.
The old standard for grocery store lighting was row after row of fluorescents.  Fluorescents are expensive to operate, are aesthetically unattractive, and generally cast a light that is not flattering at all.
The new standard for grocery stores is LED lighting.  Due to their energy efficiency and improved color rendering capabilities, grocery store owners are “seeing the light” and are undertaking LED retrofit projects to upgrade their lighting solution.

Improve the look of your deli meat counter with LED lights

A 2017 study by University of Missouri, titled “Staying Fresh”, “shows that LED lighting can leave hamburger meat with more red color in deli cases longer than incandescent bulbs.”  The study looked at the effect of incandescent bulbs (which run hotter) on red meats as compared to cooler LED lights and found that the incandescent lights caused more discoloration than the LED lights.  The study showed that complete darkness was the best solution for meat retaining its’ red color, but that’s obviously not a solution that would work in a grocery store.  The next best solution was LED lights because LEDs produced little to no heat or UV light.  It should also be noted that certain LED lights with higher R9 color values can actually make the red meat appear more vibrant and attractive.

Produce and Floral Departments can also benefit from LED lights

The impact of LEDs can extend beyond the meat counter to the produce section and floral department.  The use of LEDs with a high Color Rendering Index (CRI) are excellent solutions for produce and floral displays as high CRI LED lights more accurately match natural sunlight without the damaging heat emitted by incandescent lights.

Freezer and Refrigeration Cases also benefit from LED Lights

LED lights are also a better alternative for your freezer and refrigerator cases, as the cold temperatures in these cases can cause light reduction for the fluorescent lights.  LED lights do not suffer from light reduction in cold temperatures due to their heatsink technology.
So what are you waiting for?  Contact the experienced LED lighting installation professionals at PKK Lighting in Madison, WI to discuss your grocery store lighting needs.  Take a look at some of our LED lighting projects to see some of the work we do.This post was originally published at https://www.pkklighting.com/grocery-store-lighting-are-led-lights-right-for-you/.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Benefits of switching to LED Lighting for Businesses

PKK Lighting discusses the benefits of switching to LED Lighting for Businesses

One often overlooked area for making improvements to your business is making a switch to LED lighting.  PKK Lighting, an LED lighting installation company in Madison, WI, discusses 6 benefits your business will realize when you make the switch:
  1. Savings: probably the biggest reason businesses should switch to LED lighting is the reduction in expenses they will experience.  From reduced electricity costs each month, to reduced maintenance over the life of the fixtures, businesses will quickly realize a payback on their investment in new LED lighting.
  2. Lighting Control: with technology getting smarter each year, businesses have the ability to create a custom lighting solution that better meets their needs.  The use of occupancy sensors to turn lights on or off, integration with computers and smart phones, and timers for time of day and day of week, allows businesses to tailor their solution to meet the needs of their organization.
  3. Light Quality: LED lighting fixtures have evolved to the point that they can produce virtually any color and effect that you want to create.  From general purpose office lighting to specific lighting applications for different parts of your building, LED lights can provide unmatched versatility to your business as compared to your current lighting configuration.
  4. Energy Efficient: LED lights use substantially less energy than the older light fixtures they replace.  This will result in huge savings in your utility bills each and every month.
  5. Life span: LED lights last much longer than the older technology bulbs.  This will result in much lower maintenance costs going forward.
  6. Environmentally Responsible: LED bulbs do not contain mercury and so are safer for the environment.  PKK Lighting can properly recycle and dispose of your old light bulbs and fixtures.
If you want to evaluate the benefits of switching to LED lighting for your business, contact PKK Lighting and one of our expert lighting consultants will get in touch with you.
This post was originally published at https://www.pkklighting.com/benefits-of-switching-to-led-lighting-for-businesses/

Friday, June 15, 2018

Lighting Installation Company discusses Church Lighting recommendations

Church Lighting recommendations from a Madison WI lighting installation company

Each business and organization has its’ own unique challenges when it comes to properly lighting their building and grounds. For people that are responsible for planning their Church lighting needs, it can be very involved with many inputs to consider. While the task can be daunting, approaching your Church lighting project with the help of a professional lighting installation company will make the project more successful. From the stage at the front of the church to the pews where your congregation sits, choosing the right lighting for your church can be a straight forward project.
We understand that budgets can be tight, but you don’t need expensive lasers and spotlights for your small church to look like a big church.  With LED lighting options, professional lighting can be very affordable.  Here are some pointers for your Wisconsin church lighting project:

Church Stage Lighting Recommendations

The front stage will be the focus of any church since that is where most of the activities are taking place, including sermons, wedding vows, baptisms, and more.  Drawing attention to the stage with proper lighting will help make it the focal point of your church.
  • Select lights that will serve multiple purposes.  For example, you’ll want stage lights that are directional that can be adjusted, if needed.
  • Are there parts of the stage or background that you want to highlight, like a stained glass window or religious symbol(s)?  Install appropriate LED lighting that will bring attention to different parts of the stage.
  • Create several layers of lighting for the stage. You’ll want rows of overhead lights that can be controlled from offstage so that the lighting can be dimmed or enhanced during a service or an event.
  • Spotlights that allow you to focus on the speaker with different intensities of light will create an enjoyable experience for the audience.

Congregation Seating Lighting Recommendations

The lighting for the church seating section has its own set of considerations. Because this area needs to have clear sightlines of the stage from every seat, here are a few tips to consider as you create your project plan for upgrading your church lighting solution:
  • Natural lighting: does your church have a lot of natural lighting that you can take advantage of for lighting the main seating area?  If so, you may not need as much artificial lighting and can keep your costs down.
  • Reading lighting: keep in mind that members of your congregation will be reading during your sermons and ceremonies, whether it’s pamphlets, hymnals, or other materials.  You’ll need to make sure there is enough lighting throughout the seating area for everyone to be able to read comfortably and not have to strain their eyes.
  • Dimmable lighting: being able to control the intensity of the seating area lights will allow you to set the mood for your sermons and other events.
When you’re planning your church lighting project, contact PKK Lighting in Madison, WI, a professional lighting installation company for over 40 years.  We’ve worked with many churches on their lighting projects and we’ll be happy to work with you.
This post was originally published at https://www.pkklighting.com/lighting-installation-company-discusses-church-lighting-recommendations/

How can your business convert fluorescent tubes to LED?

A guide to replacing your Fluorescent tube lights with LED lamps If your business is considering a fluorescent to LED retrofit project but...