Retrofit LED Lighting
Fluorescent Lamp Retrofit
Upgrading to LED technology is one of the best decisions you’ll ever make, however making the decision to switch to LED is only half the battle. There is another important decision to make: to either retrofit your current fittings or buy new fittings.
We know that if you’re a business owner or a decision-maker, there’s nothing you want more than to save your company money. Reducing your environmental footprint and helping save the planet also play a role.
Retrofitting can help you save money and positively impact your business’s bottom line because good lighting increases employee productivity. By replacing the conventional lamps and ballasts in your existing light fittings with LEDs, you can lower energy consumption by up to 75%. Add lighting controls, and energy consumption will go down even more – by as much as 90%.
Reducing carbon emissions
When it comes to lighting refurbishments, your ultimate aim it to reduce energy costs. However, carbon emissions are becoming equally important in the wider scheme.
The recent COP27 summit highlighted the gap between where we are now and the commitment towards achieving net zero by 2050 according to the Green Deal and the Paris agreement in 2015. There is still a long way to go to reverse the growing effects of climate change and the increasing concerns over natural resource scarcity.
LED replacement or retrofit is your sustainable solution.
A current driver of refurbishment is the imminent lamp ban. From February 2023, the RoHS Directive (EU) 011/65/EU and the Ecodesign Regulation (EU) 2019/2020 take effect. Lamps and luminaires containing mercury or that do not meet minimum efficiency values can no longer be sold. This affects the millions of fluorescent lamps employed today, as only remaining stocks can be used.
The fluorescent lamp phase-out plays an integral role in the EU’s commitment to cut emissions by 55% by 2030, aiming to become the first region to reach climate neutrality by 2050. Banning mercury lamps equates to 1.8 tonnes less mercury from the lamps and a further 1.5 tonnes of mercury from coal-fired power plant emissions due to the 190 TWh of electricity savings.
LED retrofits are the optimal refurbishment solution to meet the increased standards and directives but also to reduce your negative impact on the environment.
They also offer advantages in terms of lighting quality, service life, installation and operational safety.
What are the Benefits?
Making the switch to LED has a multitude of benefits, but these are our top four reasons for retrofitting to LEDs.
LOWER UPFRONT COSTS
One of the main reasons many businesses put off switching to LED technology is because of the associated costs. When LED lighting was in its infancy, the initial costs were very high. However, this is no longer the case, especially if you choose retrofits. There will still be an initial investment, but much less so than for completely new LED fittings – especially considering the installation cost, which would take much longer for a complete replacement.
REDUCED MAINTENANCE COSTS
As well as dwindling supplies, high maintenance costs are one of the biggest downsides of high-intensity discharge lamps. The lamps have very short life expectancies and a very high rate of lumen depreciation, so they usually have to be replaced before they even reach the end of their lives. Changing these lamps is time-consuming, and electricians typically change them all at once to reduce expenses.
On the other hand, LEDs have very low maintenance costs as they have the longest lifespans of all lighting technologies. Their shortest lifespan is 50,000 hours, which means you can use them for years without having to replace them. They also retain 70% of their brightness for their lifetime and won’t need replacing before their useful life ends.
A GREAT WAY TO FUTURE-PROOF BUILDINGS
Change is inevitable, and the lighting systems we used even ten years ago are no longer popular today. As greenhouse gases continue to harm our planet, governments have introduced laws requiring buildings to become more energy efficient.
LED lighting has advanced immensely in the last decade. LED lights use 75% less energy than traditional sources. When combined with lighting control technology, savings can be further optimised, but this also opens new opportunities for scalability, upgrades and intelligent building services.
As a responsible product manufacturer, we recognise that we are responsible for promoting a greener future and are committed to embracing a more circular economy, contributing to the lighting industry’s progression.
LED lights are designed to last. When you upgrade your lighting to LED, you may purchase fewer lights as new generation LEDs have a high luminous efficacy – meaning they produce more lumens for each watt of electricity they consume. Since LEDs have a long lifespan, you won’t have to replace them for years, which means fewer materials will end up in landfills. LED retrofits use fewer materials than completely new fittings, lowering the total cost and the amount of material that needs to be recycled or thrown away. Fluorescent lamps and some HIDs contain mercury, which can harm the environment if not disposed of properly. Switching to mercury-free LEDs and using fewer lamps means reducing waste and conserving resources.
Features of our Retrofit Trays?
Our range of retrofit trays turns any linear fitting into a high-efficiency LED system. They come in a variety of shapes and feature our high-quality components.
Our retrofit LED solution consists of an extruded aluminium heatsink with high-quality Zhaga footprint LED boards fixed to the facing side with the wiring and an LED driver fixed to the back.
The LED boards have efficiencies of up to 182 lumens per circuit watt. Lengths available: 560 mm, 840 mm, 1120 mm, 1400 mm, 1680 mm, 1960 mm, 2240 mm, 2520 mm, 2800 mm.
For your peace of mind all our LED retrofit trays are protected by a 3-year warranty.
Don’t let limited wiring options hold you back. As standard, we offer three types of driver: fixed output/switched, DALI dimmable, and 1-10V dimmable.
Functionality can be further improved with Philips Sensor Ready drivers which can be connected to multi-function daylight/proximity sensors or a Casambi controller for wireless control utilising an application on your smartphone or tablet.
THE POWER OF MAGNETS
Our retrofit trays utilise a strong Neodymium magnet attachment system for easy installation and maintenance. Simply fix the magnet brackets to the back of your light fitting and pop the retrofit tray inside. Our magnet system has a ±20mm degree of movement, so you do not need to be exact during installation and can nudge the tray along for better positioning if required.
If our internal brackets are not suitable for your luminaires, we can work with you to create custom-fabricated mounting springs that are fixed to the back of the retrofit LED tray.
Over time you may find that the diffusers fitted to your luminaires become brittle and discoloured. This is caused by the diffuser material absorbing ultraviolet light affecting the aesthetics and can ruin the expected gains from retrofitting.
We offer an assortment of replacement diffuser options in several sizes suited to our extrusions but can also create custom diffusers using our CNC router and CO2 laser. Options include opal, satin frosted, micro-prism (UGR < 19).
Our retrofit trays utilise a strong neodymium magnet attachment system for easy installation and maintenance.
Remove your existing diffuser(s) and disconnect and remove your existing fluorescent tray(s) or an old LED system.
Fix the magnetic mounting brackets into your fitting. Where this is not possible a tailor-made spring fit mounting option can be ordered.
Connect our retrofit LED tray to your existing wiring loom and lift it into your fitting. The tray will attach to the magnet brackets.
Either reinstall your existing diffuser(s) or refresh them by installing one of our high performance replacement diffusers.