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LED Fluorescent Tube Replacement

For nearly 100 years, fluorescent tube lights have been the standard form of lighting for commercial, industrial and retail users. Compared to incandescent and other older technologies, fluorescent tube lights were a welcome upgrade when introduced due to their huge improvement in energy efficiency as well as their ease of installation and maintenance. Practically every type of lighting application in existence has at least several of these fixtures in operation, speaking to its widespread global popularity.

However, times have changed and with fluorescent technology at its maximum potential, newer and better lighting technologies such as LEDs have come to surpass its position as the number one choice in general purpose lighting. In fact, LED tubes are the number one replacement light for existing fluorescent tube fixtures. There are several reasons for this, mainly due to its boost in efficiency, longevity and the higher quality of light it produces.

Making the switch is a simple and straightforward process, with most LED fluorescent tube replacements being drop-in with no need for rewiring or retrofitting. The majority of current offerings have the option to use existing ballasts or wire around them if desired. There are even LED specific tube fixtures available for those who desire tube lights but would like to replace their aged existing fixtures.

Reasons for Switching to LED Tubes

Dimly lit office space with fluorescent lighting prior to using Straits LED lighting fixtures

BEFORE

Brightly illuminated office space after replacing fluorescent lights with Straits LED troffer lighting fixtures.

AFTER

There are several reasons why converting existing fluorescent fixtures over to LED technology is a solid choice. To start with, LEDs are on average 70% more energy efficient than standard T8 fluorescent lamps. This reason alone is enough to make the switch over to LEDs, as the cost savings in electricity can pay for the upgrade several times over within the first year, especially for large scale installations. Additionally, LEDs have a much longer lifespan and require zero maintenance – resulting in additional cost savings for the user.

Another key selling point for LED fluorescent tube replacements is the quality of light produced. This improvement is especially noticeable when compared side by side with fluorescent technologies, due to the higher Color Rendering Index (CRI) rating of LED tube lights. CRI is the measurement of the accuracy of a bulb in replicating natural sunlight – which has a CRI rating of 100. While most fluorescent lights have a CRI of around 70, LED lights have a minimum CRI of 80, with many reaching into the 90 range. While it may not seem like a large numerical difference, it is actually a very large difference in real world conditions.

On top of the improvements in CRI, there is a fundamental difference in the manner in which LEDs and fluorescent lights function which makes it impossible for fluorescent lights to compete in terms of lighting quality. As part of the nature of their function with ballasts, fluorescent lights constantly are switching on and off, at approximately 60Hz. While not consciously perceptible, the human eye reacts to this, causing eye stress and fatigue.

In a commercial or business setting, this switching can reduce employee satisfaction and efficiency, ultimately having a negative impact on the company’s bottom line. With LED technology, none of this occurs as it relies on solid state semiconductor technology. The difference is readily apparent, especially over a full eight to ten hour workday. Considering all of these advantages of LEDs, replacing fluorescent lights with LED tubes is a bright decision for any application.

Color Temperature

Defining Color Temperature

The lighting industry today offers lights featuring an exceptionally wide variety of color choices in order to suit as many different applications as possible. In order to quantify the specific color of a light, a color temperature scale was developed using Kelvin (K) as its unit of measurement. This has now become the industry standard and is used globally for all lighting applications. Formally known as Coordinated Color Temperature (CCT), this scale ranges from 1000K all the way up to 10,000K, with most commercially available lighting units falling within the 2500K and 6,500K range.

The lower end of this scale has a “warmer” feel to it, due to the characteristic red or orange hue. On the other end of the scale, higher Kelvin ratings tend to have a “cooler” feel with a white and even blue hue. This general range of color temperatures work well for a wide array of applications, with certain ones requiring specific Kelvin ratings and other applications being more flexible for a wider Kelvin range.

Kelvins and Color Temperature Scale

As established earlier, color temperature is measured in Kelvins, with the full color temperature scale ranging from 1,000K to 10,000K. Natural sunlight falls in the range of approximately 5,000K to 6,500K depending on the time of day and weather conditions. Generally speaking, most if not all commercial and industrial lighting falls into this kelvin range because of its versatility as well as its very close approximation to sunlight. In order to help illustrate this, we have created the below graphic that illustrates the overall kelvin range typically seen in artificial lighting as well as the equivalent types of lights that correspond to these ranges.

How Is Kelvin Measured?

Understanding the concept of using Kelvins for measuring color temperature is pretty straightforward, however actually measuring the specific kelvin temperature of a light source that is unknown is a bit more tricky. Because the Kelvin Scale (K) uses temperature as its form of measurement, the color of a light described in kelvins is actually a measurement of the temperature required to heat a black body radiator to achieve that specific visible color hue.

As an example, when a piece of steel is heated, it glows at different color hues at different temperatures. This will progress from a red or orange hue to a yellow and then a white or blue hue as the temperature increases. These color hues produced from heating the steel in this example cover most of the color temperature range visible to the human eye and are coordinated with the equivalent temperature in Kelvins (Celsius + 273) required to heat them to each specific color. It is upon this principle that all color temperature measurements in the lighting industry are founded.

Color Temperatures by Application

There are a wide range of color temperatures available on the market today, which can be daunting for those who are unfamiliar with the purposes and reasons behind each color choice. Essentially, different color temperatures are chosen for different applications in order to achieve differing lighting goals. This can range from selecting a color temperature to set a certain mood, such as a warm white light for relaxation, or selecting another for increased awareness and visibility, such as a light with a daylight color temperature. Below is a list of the most common color temperatures available in modern LED lighting.

Warm White

Considered to be the most relaxing color of all types of lighting, this was at one time the most common color of lighting in the world regardless of application. This is due to the fact that its temperature range of 2500K to 3300K is the natural range of color produced by not only candlelight and lanterns but also incandescent bulbs which dominated the lighting industry for nearly a century. Because it falls at the bottom of the color spectrum, it produces a noticeable red or orange hue.

Although the incandescent bulbs this color temperature is most closely associated with have largely been supplanted by more modern lighting technologies, this color temperature is still available and widely used. Most LED lights are available in this color temperature and it is regularly seen in both residential and retail applications whose goal is to achieve a cozy and inviting atmosphere for guests and customers. Lamps, chandeliers, bathrooms, living rooms and dining rooms are the most common residential applications for this color, with specialty product displays making up the bulk of retail use.

Cool White

Considered to be the middle of the road color temperature, this is a noticeably whiter form of light that falls just below the kelvin range where blue light is seen. Its range of 3500K to 4500K is most commonly seen in fluorescent lighting used in offices, warehouses and commercial and industrial settings. Because it has less of an orange or red hue, it does less to relax and instead provides more stimulation to individuals, raising their alertness.

Cool white is by far the most popular color temperature choice in today’s cost conscious business environments, especially large operations such as commercial and industrial facilities. Its stimulating effect on workers is noticeable when measuring efficiency – which helps to improve the bottom line. It is also a popular choice for certain residential applications with high foot traffic where increased awareness and visibility is important, such as entryways, stairways, porches and garages.

Daylight

Hitting right at the top of the color temperature range of commercially available lighting, this color temperature range has a blue hue and ranges from 5000K to 6500K. Because of its close approximation to the color temperature of actual daylight, it produces the highest level of stimulation to individuals, resulting in maximum situational awareness and visibility.

Lights in this color temperature range are seen throughout all different types of residential, commercial and industrial applications. Because this color range most closely approximates natural sunlight, it is a popular choice for individuals who suffer from seasonal depression in locations that lack sunshine for significant periods of time. It is also commonly used in commercial and industrial applications due to its ability to provide the best color rendering possible out of the entire Kelvin spectrum, which significantly improves visibility and safety. In fact, this increase in visibility is so large that most if not all newer motor vehicles come equipped with headlights in this color range.

LED Tube Color Temperatures

There are a broad range of LED lighting fixture types and styles available on the market today. However, by far the most popular of these are tube style lights, serving either as retrofits for existing fluorescent light fixtures or as completely new installations. Due to the flexibility inherent of their design, they are used across a wide range of applications. These include commercial users such as retail stores and offices, as well as industrial facilities such as warehouses, manufacturing plants and other large scale operations. Due to the wide variety of applications tube lights are used in, they are available in a range of different color temperatures. Below are some of the most popular tube lights used today, with their most commonly available color temperatures.

U-Bend LED Tubes – Intended as replacements for existing u-bend fluorescent bulbs, these tubes come in a color temperature range of 4000K to 5000K. With a standard aluminum heat sink and a shatterproof plastic lens covering the LED chips, they are exceptionally durable and long lasting and make a great retrofit for users who do not desire to completely replace their existing u-bend fixtures.

4 ft. LED T8 Tubes – By far the most popular tube lights on the market, T8 style LED tube lights are available in two primary versions. These are the NX-Series, compatible with double ended wiring, and the X-Series which is compatible with both single and double ended wiring configurations. Either of these models can be used with an existing ballast, or can be used with a fixture that has been wired to bypass the ballast. Available in 4000K and 5000K color temperature ranges, these T8 LED tubes will satisfy practically any application requirement.

4 ft. LED T5 Tubes – Designed a drop-in upgrade for those who have already invested in T5 fixtures, these LED tube lights are intended to work with existing ballasts. They are available in a 5000K color temperature which is by far the most common color hue seen in applications using T5 fixtures.

LED Tube Light Guide

For decades, tube lights have provided excellent illumination capabilities for a variety of commercial and industrial environments, from office spaces to warehouses and workshops. Their versatility is one of their biggest selling points, as the fixtures they are mounted in can be hung, suspended in a drop ceiling or even mounted directly to a flat ceiling surface. Additionally, they are inexpensive to install and operate, which when combined with their strong lumen output and wide angle of spread, makes them one of the most popular lighting options in the lighting industry.

In this guide we will be focusing on the specifics of LED tube lights, including the wide variety of options available in today’s marketplace.

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LED Tubes v.s Fluorescent Tubes

Commercial office space with cubicle is illuminated by overhead LED troffer lighting recessed into the drop ceiling

Traditionally, these tube lights have been of the fluorescent type, which uses low-pressure mercury-vapor gas discharge technology to generate light when electricity is passed through it. While this served many businesses well for decades, it is now considered outdated, inefficient and even environmentally hazardous due to the mercury contained within. As the fixtures themselves age, they also require additional maintenance, such as the replacement of the ballasts required to run the lamps. On top of all of this, the light produced by fluorescent lamps is regarded as subpar, with a consistent flicker from the light switching on and off at approximately 120 Hz that causes eye strain over long periods of time.

It is for the aforementioned reasons that LED tubes have come to completely dominate the lighting marketplace for new installations as well as the retrofit of existing fixtures. LED technology in tube lights resolves all of these concerns, and also adds some additional welcome benefits. When used in tube lights, LEDs offer a longer lifespan, are more energy efficient, contain no toxic substances and also produce a much higher quality of light with less eye strain and greater visibility thanks to their high CRI ratings.

Tube Sizes

There are a variety of shapes, lengths and diameters in tube lights in order to suit a wide range of applications. Generally speaking, with LED tubes the most common size and shape are the 4 foot length fixtures with a T8 diameter. Other lengths available in the marketplace include 2 foot, 3 foot and 8 foot. In the past, T12 diameter bulbs were the standard, eclipsed first by T8 and then T5. For older fluorescent fixtures, the most common setup is going to be either a T12 or T8 type due to the costs associated with running T5 fluorescent light fixtures.

When upgrading older existing fixtures, sometimes the issue arises where it is unclear what diameter bulb is currently installed. Luckily, this is an easy fix as the labeling system is standardized across all manufacturers. The “T” stands for tubular, referring to the bulb’s shape, and the number following it represents the bulb diameter in eighths of an inch. This means a T8 bulb will be 1” in diameter, while T12 and T5 bulbs will be 1.5” and ⅝” in diameter respectively. It should be noted that as long as a T8 and T12 are using the same pin base (G13 most likely), they can be used interchangeably, as long as they are within the same milliamp requirements for the ballast if it is using one.

Below is chart that illustrates the various sizes and base types for tube lights:

Tube Types

There are four different types of LED tubes available on the market today, which can be confusing for buyers, especially those who have never shopped for LED lights before. Most of what differentiates these tube types from each other depends on whether it uses a ballast or bypasses it, as well as whether it uses single or double ended wiring. The main types are Direct Wire (also known as ballast-bypass or Type-B), Electronic Ballast Compatible, Hybrid, and Universal Ballast Compatible.

A diagram showing the installation difference between type A and type B LED tube lights

Direct Wire Tubes

Direct wire tubes are by far the most straightforward, in that they bypass the ballast completely and run directly off line voltage. Not requiring a ballast offers a significant advantage in cost savings throughout the fixtures lifetime, as there is no longer the requirement to replace expensive ballasts that periodically fail or wear out. This really comes into play with big installations such as warehouses and multi-story office buildings, as cost savings per fixture can add up quickly with a large number of fixtures.

Something to keep in mind with direct wire fixtures is that they may require some additional parts to complete retrofitting. Tube lights use “tombstone” sockets to power and hold the bulb, and there are two main types of tombstones used in the lighting industry – Shunted and Non-Shunted. For direct wire fixtures, non-shunted rapid start tombstones are required for proper operation. If the existing fixture is a T12 type, then it should already have the correct tombstone type already installed.

However if it is a T8 type fixture, then the input tombstone sockets will need to be changed over to the Non-Shunted Rapid Start T12 style sockets in order to work properly. This is due to a circular connector in T8 sockets that doesn’t allow them to separate the line or circuits neutral sides properly. Even though this is a pretty straightforward process, it is recommended that a qualified and licensed electrician complete this task since it involves some rewiring. For commercial properties, the use of the correct tombstones is required.

Electronic Ballast Compatible Tubes

Commonly known as “Type-A” or “Plug-n-Play” tubes, electronic ballast compatible tubes are a relatively new addition to the tube lighting marketplace. As suggested by the name, these lights are designed to work with existing tube fixtures equipped with electronic ballasts. Because of this, these lights will not function if installed in fixtures that contain magnetic ballasts or no ballast at all. Because the last generation of fluorescent fixtures exclusively used electronic ballasts, these tubes are becoming one of the most common types sold that work with existing fixtures, and will likely increase in popularity as existing fixtures continue to be retrofitted with LED technology.

These types of bulbs are straightforward to install as they simply require replacing the old fluorescent tube with a new LED tube. Because there are so many different electronic ballasts on the market, LED tube manufacturers have gone through extensive testing to ensure that their electronic ballast compatible tubes will work regardless of the ballast manufacturer. This takes out the guesswork for buyers and makes installation as easy as possible.

While this is great from an ease of use standpoint, it usually results in these tubes having a higher initial cost. On top of this, if the ballast fails then the tube will no longer illuminate which adds to the potential long term costs of this type of LED tube lighting setup. Because of this, ballast compatible tubes usually are only installed on small scale applications where ease of installation is a priority and the relatively low number of ballasts powering the tubes does not present as much of a financial risk.

Hybrid Tubes

Known as “Type A+B”, these tubes are unique in that they offer compatibility with fixtures using ballasts as well as those that do not. The closest thing to a “one-size-fits-all” tube, hybrid tubes take the guesswork out of bulb selection and have become a very popular choice in the tube lighting marketplace. They have the capability to be used with existing electronic ballasts and also can be directly wired for those who prefer it.

This gives flexibility to users, especially those who have both T8 and T12 type fixtures in a building that may require both types of wiring to complete installation. It also gives users the option to quickly and easily upgrade their ballast equipped fixtures to LED technology while giving them the option to switch to direct wiring in the future if the ballast were to fail. This saves the hassle of having to replace the ballast or make the switch to a dedicated direct wire type of tube.

Universal Ballast Compatible

The newest type of tube on the market, universal tubes are the easiest to install of all types and are also the most expensive. Unlike Hybrid and Type-A types of tubes, universal tubes are compatible with both the magnetic ballasts found in T12 fixtures as well as newer electronic ballasts found in T8 fixtures. This is a very popular option for smaller projects such as retail stores, workshops and homeowner applications whose primary purpose for upgrading to LED technology is to reduce energy consumption while minimizing downtime during installation.

One of the downsides to universal ballast tubes is their higher initial investment costs per unit. In fact, universal tubes are some of the most expensive of all of the four major options on the market today. In addition to this, there are still the maintenance concerns associated with ballasts, and since these tubes are only designed to be used with ballasts they cannot be direct wired in the event that a ballast fails. This is of especial concern when they are used in older fixtures using magnetic ballasts such as T12 style units where replacement ballasts are no longer available.

Color Temperatures

After selecting the correct size and type of tube, buyers will have multiple options for color temperature ranges. Color temperature is the hue or color of the light produced, and is measured using the Kelvin (K) scale which usually ranges from 2400K to 6500K. In the LED lighting marketplace, the typical color temperatures available are normally 2700K, 4000K, 5000K and 6000K.

The lower the color temperature, the warmer or more red the light becomes. On the opposite end of the color temperature range, the light becomes white and then blue in its hue. For offices and general workspace use, the 4000K range is one of the most popular, with a “cool” white color. For areas requiring a daylight equivalent such as high-security areas, garages, parking structures, private roads, alleyways and general display areas, 5000K is the top choice.

Below we have included a chart that details these different color temperature ranges and their applications:

A chart showing the various color temperatures available in tube lighting. This details the purpose and applications of several of the most commonly used color temperatures in LED tube lights.

Wattage Selection

One of the most confusing things for buyers new to the LED marketplace is determining the correct wattage for their application. This is due to the fact that LED lights require a fraction of the energy used by traditional lighting technologies such as fluorescent to produce the same amount of light, measured in lumens. In general, when trying to choose the appropriate LED light wattage for an application, it is best to instead determine the lumen output required. Once the lumen requirement is determined, the correct LED bulb that meets that requirement can be selected.

Because most users do not know and do not have any practical way of determining the lumen output of their existing fluorescent lighting, we have created the chart below that compares the lumen output of traditional fluorescent tubes with LEDs:

A chart showing a clear comparison between fluorescent and LED tube wattages and their corresponding lumen outputs

Installation

While installation in most cases is pretty straightforward, there is the possibility that rewiring will be required, such as with direct wire tubes. Because of this, we strongly recommend working with a licensed electrician experienced in LED retrofitting. This will not only ensure the best lighting performance but also make certain that the installation was completed safely. The best way to find an electrician is via a directory, which can be narrowed down by state or province, depending on whether the installation is in the United States of Canada. Below are a couple of directories that can help in this search:

United States:
Electric Contractors Directory

Canada:
Electrical Safety Authority Directory

Commercial LED Lighting

LED Lighting for Commercial Buildings

Commercial office space with cubicle is illuminated by overhead LED troffer lighting recessed into the drop ceiling

Lighting performance is of the utmost importance in today’s highly competitive commercial environment. There are many factors that play into this, however the most important factors are energy efficiency, reduced maintenance, improved safety and higher lighting accuracy. All of these factors are related to improving the profitability and sustainability of businesses in the long term, which is a huge focus of business decision makers today.

Throughout the history of illumination, there have been key milestones in technological improvements, namely the invention of HID and fluorescent type fixtures. However there has never been as large of a leap forward in lighting technology as there has been in recent years with the widespread introduction and implementation of high output LED lighting. These lights have taken the market by storm and are steadily replacing traditional lighting fixtures and bulbs. They are excellent choices for commercial lighting use which, outside of the consumer market, continues to be the largest application for LED lighting technology.

Commercial Applications Lighting Requirements

As mentioned previously, commercial environments are exceptionally competitive and every opportunity to improve efficiency and reduce operating costs is welcomed by business operators and owners. One of the biggest challenges for commercial lighting has to do with harsh environments and long duty cycles that tax lighting fixtures beyond what would normally be seen in consumer applications. Also, for commercial lighting to be as efficient as possible, it is critical that the configuration is properly planned out and designed in order to select the appropriate type, wattage, location and number of fixtures for a particular application.

Many commercial environments have both indoor and outdoor needs. Warehouses are a great example of this, with most featuring shipping docks or outdoor loading areas which then lead into large indoor storage facilities. Another common example would be retail locations that have parking areas which then ferry customers into the store’s indoor shopping spaces.

Because of this, many commercial locations will require multiple configuration designs in order to fulfill all of their lighting requirements. This can include a combination of lights mounted high up, mounted on walls and even mounted on poles in outdoor areas. The end goal is to ensure that areas are properly and safely lit with no dark spots, while still maintaining efficiency and keeping overall investment and operating costs to a minimum.

Why LEDs?

As discussed at the beginning of this article, LEDs have taken the lighting industry by storm. They offer significant advantages over traditional lighting in all the key areas, with initial cost being the only discernible drawback. However in the long run LEDs are far less expensive than their traditional counterparts and have considerable performance improvements that are unmatched. Especially in commercial buildings and facilities, the advantages of LED lighting make it the only logical choice for upgrades, retrofits and new installations.

One of the first and most well known benefits of LED lighting is the significant reduction in energy consumption compared to traditional lighting such as fluorescents and HIDs. In most cases, the average LED upgrade saves users over 70% in energy costs, which in and of itself can cover the expense of choosing LED technology over other options. This is especially true in large operations requiring many lighting fixtures such as malls, warehouses, parking areas and sports arenas.

Another benefit of LED lighting for commercial use is the sharp reduction in maintenance costs. Traditional lighting systems require regular maintenance and often need components replaced on a scheduled basis. LED lighting fixtures by comparison are virtually maintenance free for their rated service life – most are sealed units that do not require replacement parts. This saves commercial users thousands of dollars in both labor and material throughout the lifespan of the fixture, which in most cases is a minimum of 50,000 hours.

Finally, these LED fixtures produce a better quality of light that not only makes for a more pleasurable environment but also helps to improve safety. LED lights have a high Color Rendering Index rating (CRI), which essentially measures the lights accuracy in replicating color and natural sunlight. The higher the CRI rating, the more accurate the light and the easier it is for the human eye to see. This creates less strain on the eye and also makes visibility much easier, helping workers avoid accidents and prevent workplace injuries. This is especially important in commercial facilities dealing with heavy or dangerous products and equipment such as warehouses.

Popular Lighting Fixtures

Canopy Lights – These square shaped fixtures are designed to mount on the underside of ceilings, awnings, covered entrances, driveways, etc. They are weather sealed from dirt and moisture and carry an IP65 rating.

Corn Lamps – Designed to work with fixtures using E26 and E39 bases, these lights produce a tremendous amount of light in a small package. They feature a 360° light pattern for wide illumination over any area they are installed.

Flood Lights – One of the most versatile fixtures on the market, flood lights are commonly used in parking structures, outdoor lots, sports arenas, parks and more. These lights are designed to mount high up on poles, walls or other structures and provide wide illumination over a large area.

High Bay Lights – Commonly used in warehouses, shipping centers, large retail operations and any other facility with tall ceilings and high lighting requirements. These lights are circular in shape and come in a variety of different wattages and lumen outputs to suit the needs of different building sizes, shapes and lighting requirements.

Tube Ready Fixtures – Similar in appearance to traditional fluorescent T8 tube fixtures, these fixtures are intended for 4’ LED T8 tube lamps available separately. Popular for those seeking a no-nonsense, cost effective lighting solution.

Color Rendering Index (CRI)

The accuracy of lighting is of particular importance in today’s residential, commercial and industrial markets. This is measured and quantified using the Color Rendering Index (CRI), which is the industry standard for measuring a particular light’s accuracy. CRI runs on a scale going up to 100, which is the CRI of a black body radiator reference light. This reference light is either an incandescent type artificial light or natural sunlight, which are the most accurate light sources available. It is worth noting that CRI is independent of Coordinated Color Temperature (CCT), which is a term that is often used in conjunction with CRI when describing the properties of a light. CCT measures the actual color of the light produced in Kelvins and does not have anything to do with the lights illumination accuracy.

Lighting accuracy was not very well studied by color scientists prior to the advent of fluorescent lighting, as all forms of common lighting were very close to natural sunlight. With the advent of newer more efficient lighting technologies such as fluorescents, HIDs and Sodium Lamps, concerns were raised about the illumination accuracy of these newer artificial lights. This sparked interest into lighting accuracy and by the mid 20th century, extensive research had begun that explored the abilities of artificial light to reproduce colors accurately.

The primary organization that oversaw this research and the subsequent development of measurement standards was the International Commission on Illumination, which is also known as the CIE from its French title (Compagnie ivoirienne d’électricité). The CIE was formed in 1900 with the primary goal of promoting cooperation and exchange of information on all matters regarding the science, technology and the art of lighting. The CIE began work in the 1960’s to develop CRI measurement procedures and standards, which over several decades resulted in an extensive body of research. This culminated in the creation of the CRI measuring method used today known as CIE (1995), which is the global industry standard for measuring the accuracy of an artificial light.

Chart showing the Color Rendering Index ranging from 0 to 100 from low quality dark red light all the way up to excellent quality white light

Definitions

CRI – Color Rendering Index – This is the measurement scale used by color scientists to measure a light’s accuracy in illumination. CRI runs on a scale of up to 100, which is the CRI of an incandescent light or natural sunlight and considered a perfect score and. The higher the CRI, the more accurate or better quality illumination a light provides.

CIE – International Commission on Illumination – The commission formed for the purpose of studying the technology, science and art of lighting. Meets periodically in order to develop new standards as well as improved scientific methods. The CIE is responsible for the creation of the CRI measurement standard and continues to update and improve upon this over time.

CCT – Coordinated Color Temperature – Independent of CRI, this is the measurement of a lights actual color using Kelvins. The higher the CCT, the more “blue” a light becomes, whereas the lower the CCT the more “yellow” a light becomes. For reference, natural daylight has a CCT of around 5000 kelvin and most artificial lights tend to hover around this color temperature.

ColorChecker Chart – A standardized color calibration target used for testing color rendering accuracy. It contains multiple squares painted with color samples which are referenced against light(s) being tested. This chart is critical for the color rendering index measurement process.

Fluorescent Light – Historically ubiquitous type of light used in residential, commercial and industrial realms. This low pressure mercury vapor gas discharge type lamp produces light by running electricity through mercury vapor contained a phosphorus coated sealed tube. These lights were popular for years due to their energy efficiency.

Incandescent Light – This is the original type of artificial light, used for over one hundred years in every conceivable lighting application worldwide. Incandescent lights generate their illumination by the pumping of electrical current through a tungsten filament. These are still used today due to their exceptionally low initial costs and their ease of installation.

LED Light – A relative newcomer to the lighting industry, LED lights have become the dominant form of illumination for all types of applications and industries over the past decade. LED stands for “Light Emitting Diode”, which is a semiconductor light source that produces light when electrical current flows through it. LED lights are popular due to their energy efficiency, high CRI ratings, low maintenance and long lifespan.

How does CRI Work?

CRI is measured using the industry standard method developed by the CIE. This involves the comparison of a test source’s color rendering to a reference source known as a black body radiator with a perfect CRI score of 100. For this testing, there are ten primary reference samples used to calculate the general CRI rating. The sample selected for the reference source is dependent on the color temperature of the light being tested. The ColorChecker chart, established by CIE (1999), categorizes these reference sources and organizes them numerically starting with TCS01 and ending with TCS10. The closer the source being tested matches with the perfect reference source, the higher it will rank in CRI.

CRI ratings for artificial illumination will vary depending on the type of light used. Incandescent lights, as previously mentioned, provide the equivalent CRI rating as natural sunlight, which is 100. This is the optimal CRI rating that all other artificial light sources seek to achieve. Sodium lamps achieve the lowest CRI ratings across the board, with an effective CRI ranging from nearly zero for low pressure types. HID lamps have the ability to produce CRI ratings of up to 60 in optimal conditions, however as they age their CRI ratings decrease noticeably.

Fluorescent lights, which have been the most popular choice of lighting for decades throughout the world, have an average CRI rating of 70. While this is a significant improvement over HIDs, it is far from optimal. The highest CRI ratings seen in artificial lighting currently are in LED lights, which have an average CRI between 80 and 95. While there are always exceptions to these generalizations, they should be considered to be accurate representations of the CRI ratings of different lights and what one should expect when using them.

The Importance of CRI

It should be clear now that CRI is a vital measurement for determining the performance of an artificial light and is a key purchasing consideration in today’s lighting market. Building managers, decision makers and purchasers have come to recognize the important benefits of using lights with higher CRI ratings. This includes not only an improvement in workplace safety, but also the productivity and efficiency of a commercial environment. These benefits are most noticeable with lights having a CRI of 80 or above, which is considered good for general commercial and industrial purposes.

The most readily apparent benefit of lights with higher CRI ratings is the improvement in safety as a result of increased visibility. Lights with lower CRI ratings such as sodium lamps and fluorescent lights do not accurately show true colors, which makes distinguishing between colors difficult. This can affect the ability to read or notice things such as warning labels, safety zoning, or other important safety related information such as bright colors to draw attention to risks and danger. Improvements in visibility due to a higher CRI light source such as LEDs reduces these risks and the number of accidents, mistakes and related issues.

Productivity is another benefit of higher CRI lighting which is often overlooked on paper. A workplace illuminated with a high CRI lighting produces a far more pleasurable environment for workers and employees. Higher CRI ratings reduce stress, headaches, tension, depression, eye strain and improve overall mood, all of which boosts productivity. This improvement is especially notable over time due to its direct impact on a company’s bottom line and profitability.

In the retail world, lighting with a high CRI has the additional benefit of improving sales performance. Customers shopping retail stores prefer high CRI lighting, for the same reasons as employees and workers as mentioned previously. There is such a preference for this that retail locations who have switched to high CRI lighting have seen significant improvements in sales numbers afterwards. This is due to not only a more pleasurable shopping experience, but also the improved illumination of products which increases their appeal.

CRI in Summary

The numerous benefits of high lighting accuracy have made it a top priority for customers in today’s marketplace. The one of the immediate benefits is a significant improvement in the quality of life for customers, employees and other users due to the improved color rendering which eases eye strain and overall stress levels. An additional benefit for business owners and operators is a reduction in workplace accidents and an improvement in efficiency as a result of increased visibility.

Out of the entire spectrum of artificial lighting, LEDs are now the primary choice for those seeking the best color rendering. Because of this, most lighting manufacturers are exclusively using LEDs in their fixtures due to not only their impressive CRI ratings but also because of their energy efficiency. As this technology continues to evolve and improve, commercial and industrial business customers have a bright future to look forward to.

What You Need To Know About LED Retrofitting

In today’s energy conscious environment, LED retrofitting has become an increasingly popular option for commercial and industrial businesses throughout the world. While the energy savings benefits of LEDs are obvious, there are several other benefits that business owners and building managers should consider when making the decision to retrofit their facilities to LED lighting. These include significantly reduced maintenance costs, as well as dramatically improved lighting quality.

Overall, switching to LEDs provides an environment that’s more aesthetically pleasing and also more conducive to safety and productivity. For these reasons, LED retrofitting is something your business should seriously consider when looking to improve your facilities and your bottom line.

Throughout this article, we’ll explain what’s involved with retrofitting. This includes explaining the various benefits and also providing examples of cost savings associated with it.

What is An LED Retrofit?

LED stands for “Light Emitting Diode”, which is what gives LED lighting fixtures their light. LED’s are used in practically every electronic device being sold today. Specifically, LED’s have become dominant in the lighting industry due to their compact size, energy efficiency, minimal maintenance requirements and the quality of their color rendering (known as CRI – Color Rendering Index).

An LED retrofit is essentially a conversion of an existing fixture (whether it be CFL, Fluorescent, Incandescent, etc) to a LED lighting fixture. Sometimes it is not possible or practical to retrofit an existing fixture to LED – in those cases the existing fixture would be replaced entirely with a new LED fixture.

Cost Savings

In this section, we’re going to provide a case study from one of our end-users. This example involves a busy office building based in Michigan who switched from fluorescent lamps to Straits LED office lighting fixtures.

  • Improved annual return on investment by 115%
  • Annual savings of $62,000
  • 22% increase in lighting levels
  • Longer lasting lighting
  • 100% reduction of lighting mercury levels
  • Removed 29 tons of CO2 annually

Below are images showing their office space before and after using our products. Their T8 fluorescents were replaced with X-Series LED T8 tubes. 15 watt X-Series tubes are a direct replacement for 32-watt fluorescents.

Dimly lit office space with fluorescent lighting prior to using Straits LED lighting fixtures

BEFORE

Brightly illuminated office space after replacing fluorescent lights with Straits LED troffer lighting fixtures.

AFTER

What Are The Benefits of LED Retrofitting?

Energy Savings – The primary benefit of LED retrofitting as previously mentioned is the drastically lowered energy consumption compared to traditional and fluorescent lighting – resulting in as much as an 80% reduction in energy costs over a year. Roughly 90% of a building’s total lifetime cost (including the initial cost of the building itself) is wrapped up in operating expenses, the largest portion of which is energy costs from lighting. This makes energy efficient LED retrofitting an obvious choice for commercial and industrial buildings.

Reduced Maintenance Costs – Another benefit of LED retrofitting is the dramatically reduced maintenance costs of LED lighting fixtures. Traditional light fixtures have a finite parts lifespan, incurring a significant cost in terms of maintenance labor hours as well as replacement bulbs, ballasts, etc. LED lighting on the other hand has an exponentially longer operating lifespan, requiring far less parts replacement and the associated labor hours. The savings in these costs associated with LED lighting can add up to a significant amount long term, making the switch to LED lighting a wise decision.

Improved Lighting Quality – One thing that is often not discussed regarding LED retrofitting is the increased quality of the light itself from LED fixtures. The primary measure of the quality of a light is its Color Rendering Index (CRI). The CRI scale runs from 0 (grayscale) to 100 (natural light) – the higher this number the better the quality of light. Any light with a CRI of 90 or above is considered excellent – which LED lighting achieves. This increase in the quality of light will not only increase the aesthetic appeal of commercial and industrial facilities, but it will also increase the general quality of life for employees, customers and anyone in these facilities.

Increased Safety – Switching to LED fixtures also increases the safety of facilities due to the improved visibility. Traditional lighting falls below the CRI of LED lighting – somewhere between 70 to 80 CRI range in best case scenarios, but usually far less.

The color temperature of LED retrofit lighting (independent of CRI) can also be selected to match the environment it is being used in – a benefit which is not possible in most traditional lighting. The color temperature is essentially the “glow” of the light. This is measured on a scale of approximately 1500k to 8000k. The lower the number on the scale, the more red the color of the light and the higher the number on the scale, the more blue the color of the light. Typically sunlight is 5000k, and can reach up to 6500k depending on cloud cover. The color temperature selected for your application is ultimately up to your preferences, there is no best color temperature for every application.

What Should Be Considered When Doing an LED Retrofit?

LED lighting functions in a different manner than traditional lighting. Therefore, a couple things should be considered when doing an LED Retrofit in your facility:

  • Retrofitting existing fixtures can somewhat limit your options in terms of what is available in the LED lighting marketplace. Most LED lighting is offered in multiple retrofit configurations to work in most existing fixtures, but sometimes it’s not possible.
  • Dimmer switches and controls for traditional lighting will not work for LED lighting. When retrofitting your fixtures, you will also have to change the dimmer switches to an LED specific version if you would like to keep the dimmer feature.

Types of LED Retrofits

There are several types of LED retrofits and fixtures available for offices, corporate facilities, retail stores, warehouses, and general commercial and industrial use. These range from drop-in LED bulbs that work in existing traditional fixtures to replacement LED fixtures that mimic the size, shape and aesthetics of the traditional lighting fixtures they replace. Below is a list of fixtures commonly available:

LED Tubes – This is the most common type of LED retrofit. This simply involves the removal of existing fluorescent tubes and replacement with LED tubes – reusing the existing lighting fixtures.

LED Strip Light Fixtures – These are also commonly known as “shop-lights”. These are simple light fixtures that provide a precise amount of light over a work area, at a minimal cost. Most often seen in garages and workshops, they may also be used in places such as storage facilities & warehouses. These can either have replaceable LED tubes or permanently fixed lifetime LEDs.

LED Troffer Lights – This is a type of office lighting fixture that mimics a traditional troffer light, allowing an office space to integrate LED lighting without a disruption to its existing aesthetics. These are typically installed in drop-ceilings and provide optimal light for working at desks and cubicles.

LED Vapor Tight Fixture – This is a common type of outdoor lighting that is “vapor tight”, meaning it is sealed from moisture, dust and weather. This is commonly used in wet or dusty environments such as parking garages, manufacturing facilities and farmyards.

Interested in Upgrading Your Facility?

Straits Lighting is a U.S. based manufacturer of LED lighting fixtures for commercial and industrial businesses. Our lighting solutions provide high performing, eco-friendly, and energy-efficient illumination for our customers.

If you’re interested in retrofitting or replacing lighting fixtures inside or outside your facility, contact our LED experts for a quote on your project.

Overhead Crane Safety – A Modern Solution For Major Hazards

Many companies operating within the construction and manufacturing industry utilize overhead cranes to transport heavy loads from point A to point B. These cranes are extremely useful for heavy materials handling; however, there are several potential hazards for pedestrians around the crane loading areas.

This article discusses the primary hazards involving overhead cranes and provides insight into a modern cutting-edge solution for overhead crane safety.

Potential Overhead Crane Hazards

Materials Falling

One of the most common safety hazards associated with overhead cranes involves materials falling off the crane. This is a major safety concern for nearby pedestrians because the materials being handled are often extremely heavy or hazardous. For instance, these cranes may carry heavy metal crates in warehouses or hot molten materials in manufacturing plants.

Since overhead cranes transport these materials over a given distance from high heights, materials falling off the crane are a potentially fatal hazard for workers or other pedestrians within the area. This is not only hazardous to people but also presents a risk of damage to equipment or property in the surrounding area.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has specific requirements for Materials Handling and Storage in regards to overhead cranes. If proper safety measures aren’t followed, materials falling off the crane could result in fatalities, extensive property damage, or major lawsuits that have extreme economic implications for the entity responsible for the crane.

In addition to ensuring workers have essential personal protective equipment (PPE), the crane should be equipped with the necessary technology to warn pedestrians of potential danger around the area. One modern solution regarding safety around cranes during material handling involves safety warning lights. Using LED technology, cranes are able to project red and blue warning lines around the loading area.

These blue and red LED lights serve two purposes. One, they give a visual warning to pedestrians that a heavy load is being handled. Secondly, they assist the crane operator by giving him visual cues for more precise handling. Ultimately, this modern LED technology is a great way to avoid hazards and improve overall safety around cranes.

Electrical Safety Concerns

If equipment or materials from an overhead crane were to come in contact with an electrical power source, the result is potentially catastrophic. According to OSHA, around 50 percent of accidents involving overhead cranes involve machinery coming into contact with a power line. This presents a major safety concern because anyone touching the crane or within the vicinity can be electrocuted.

It’s critical for crane operators and other workers to receive the necessary training in order to avoid hazardous areas where there’s a risk of electrocution. OSHA has documentation regarding electrical safety around overhead cranes. This documentation can be found within the links below.

https://www.osha.gov/Reduction_Act/SUP550G4.html
https://www.osha.gov/laws-regs/regulations/standardnumber/1910/1910.179

In addition to following the necessary safety guidelines, using LED crane positioning lights can assist crane operators with precision. This helps by projecting visual cues for them to increase the accuracy while carrying the load. The improved accuracy for crane operators helps them with avoiding potential hazards such as electrical safety concerns.

Structural Failure

When it comes to the handling of heavy and/or hazardous materials, there is a potential risk of structural failure for the equipment used during handling. This failure is usually attributed to capacity overload. In other words, when the overhead crane is carrying more weight than the approved limit, the risk of structural failure is significantly magnified.

Structural failure of overhead cranes may also be attributed to using faulty equipment or simply wear and tear overtime. OSHA has guidelines for overhead and gantry crane capacity limits. An OSHA crane inspection is usually conducted at least once per year to ensure safety.

Using OSHA overhead crane regulations helps mitigate the risk of structural failure. Also,
In addition to following safety guidelines, having visual warning signals around crane loading areas can help prevent injury or fatality to pedestrians around the area in the event of a structural failure.

Crane Safety Technology

At Straits Lighting, we manufacture cutting-edge LED lighting for safety within industrial environments. This includes LED lighting for overhead cranes. Our products increase safety for workers and increase precision for crane operators.

Crane emitting a red safety warning light in a warehouse setting

LED Rebates – Make the Numbers Work For You

Straits® Lighting distributors are in a great position to help their customers make the switch to efficient, cost-effective LED lighting.

With DLC-qualified lighting, extensive knowledge of industry standards and access to qualified rebates, Straits® Lighting empowers you to make sure your customers understand the immediate and long-term cost savings our products offer.

Together, we can efficiently power the world.

 

Explaining Rebates to your Customers

Your customers have probably used rebates in the past and are familiar with the mail-in forms necessary to receive a check in the mail. Everything from cell phones and TVs to kitchen appliances and windows can offer rebates to offset costs. Fortunately, energy efficient lighting is no exception.

In simple terms, a LED bulb that costs $10 and has a $4 rebate has a net cost of $6. The availability of rebates helps reduce the upfront costs and expedites the return on investment.

In order to apply for money-saving rebates, your customers can simply visit their utility provider’s website and walk through the steps to submit their information. DTE Energy, for example, has a guide available on their site that walks business owners through the rebate process.

For more information on where to direct your customers or for questions about the rebate process, please call us at (855) 875-2533.

 

Variables That Affect Rebates

Bulb Selection

In some cases, a more expensive bulb or fixture may provide a bigger rebate, making the net price lower than a less expensive bulb or fixture.

Project Timing

Rebates change and may not be available tomorrow. Funds are limited and distributed to those who apply and qualify first.

Utility Company

DTE offers different rebates than other utility companies. Make sure your clients have the resources they need to compare rebates.

Fixed Amount vs Energy Savings

Some rebates are based on a fixed dollar amount while other are based on energy savings. Straits® Lighting can recommend lighting specifications that maximize your customers’ rebates.

 

Example of 2017 Rebates Offered

DTE Energy has doubled rebates on LED lighting that is DesignLights Consortium (DLC)-qualified. This designation is given to lighting that meets certain quality and energy-efficiency standards and Straits® Lighting proudly supplies distributors with these quality products.

LED T5 & T8 Tubes

No ballast removal or rewiring is necessary to install Straits® Lighting LED tubes in any office building, retail store, or school. Long-lasting LED chips reduce maintenance and energy costs up to 60% over traditional fluorescents. The rebates on LED tubes are based on energy savings at a rate of 7 cents-per-kilowatt-hour.

LED Wall Pack

Highly efficient Straits® Lighting LED Wall Pack fixtures use SMD LED chips to provide enhanced illumination for increased security in parking lots and parking structures. The heavy protective coating ensures a long lifetime. When replacing a 400-watt HID, the rebate on a 120-watt Straits® Lighting DLC-certified Wall Pack is $55.

LED Floodlight

Straits® Lighting LED Floodlights offer enhanced performance in a traditional design. These highly efficient fixtures evenly distribute illumination for increased safety and visibility in an outdoor setting. When replacing a 400-watt HID, the rebate on a 150-watt Straits® Lighting DLC-certified floodlight is $55 per unit.

LED High Bay

High efficient Straits® Lighting LED High Bay fixtures use CREE LED chips to provide enhanced illumination for increased safety and visibility
in any warehouse, manufacturing facility, or commercial store. When replacing 400-watt Metal Halide lights, the rebate on a 150-watt DLC High Bay is approximately $70 per unit.

 

Summary

Your customers burn energy every day lighting their facilities so they can get the job done. It’s just a cost of doing business. But that cost doesn’t have to be fixed. With energy-efficient LED lighting, your customers can change their bottom line for the better.

Longer-lasting, energy-efficient LED products decrease fixed operating costs by reducing energy use, maintenance expense and bulb disposal fees. That creates a lower total cost of ownership. Plus, the great color rendering, sharper focus and enhanced ambient illumination of glare-free, shatterproof LEDs improve workplace productivity and safety.

Straits® Lighting has an ample stock of high-quality, value-engineered commercial lighting products available for delivery right away, and the expertise to help distributors and end users deploy the technology in smart ways that make financial sense. The Straits® Lighting LED portfolio includes products for warehouse, industrial, office, education, municipal, hospitality, retail, medical, gaming, and food production applications.

Straits® Lighting saves you the toil of navigating the realm of LED rebates and can make the numbers work for your next lighting projects.

The Versatility of LED Tube Ready Fixtures

With so many options in commercial LED lighting, it’s hard to know where to begin.  When it comes to selecting fixtures for your commercial building and office workspace, you may want to consider LED tube ready fixtures. 

The Dollars & Cents Advantage

No matter how big or how small your space is, LED tube ready fixtures will save you money over the long haul. In general. these fixtures cost less than dedicated, embedded LED fixtures. In addition, they are incredibly versatile which allows you to easily replace the T8 tubes in the fixtures without the assistance of an electrician. Of course, with the tubes long life of 50,000 hours, this will not happen very often.

With LED lighting, the lumen output will remain the same over the life of an LED whether you replace just the tube or an entire fixture. Consider an office space filled with cubicles and copiers. Instead of paying an electrician the going “after-hours” rate to maneuver around these obstacles replacing costly fixtures, you can pay your maintenance staff to simply switch out the dimming T8 tubes with new ones.

LED ReadyTM Fixture Options from Straits® Lighting

The Straits® Lighting Company has a number of LED tube ready fixtures to consider. When reviewing the options below, keep in mind the benefits of LED lighting outweighs any cost premium with greater efficiency and longer life.

Triton LED Low Bay Fixture is ideal for warehouse, storage, and other similar spaces. These fixtures deliver exceptional performance in a more traditional design. This Triton Low Bay will help you meet the challenging maintenance, safety, and performance requirements of industrial environments. The Triton Low Bay includes V-Hooks for suspended mounting.

Suspended Streamline fixture is sleek and light weight. This contemporary fixture’s low profile allows it to be mounted suspended from the ceiling adding dimension and design to any office building, retail store, school, or security lighting application. This fixture only requires 2-LED T8 tubes. 

LED Inline Vapor-Tight Fixture is perfect for buildings exposed to high levels of moisture or pollution in the air. Because it is waterproof, dustproof and weatherproof, it is perfect for parking garages, manufacturing facilities and even farmyards! 

LED Strip Fixture provides exceptional illumination in a practical and reliable design. Because of the high lumen design, this fixture is perfect for work areas where precision is essential. Combine this fixture with Straits® Lighting T8 LED tubes to create a safe, bright workspace.

Now is the time to take the plunge with LED lighting. Although there are many options, remember the benefits include energy efficiency, cost savings, low maintenance and visual appeal. You’ll even reduce the load on your HVAC system because LEDs emit less heat.

6 Benefits of Using LED Lights for Business

Indoor and outdoor lighting is universally essential to business activities. Like other essentials, commercial lighting carries with it an ongoing, unavoidable cost. So why not make a change that’s good for your bottom line and the environment too?

As a manufacturer of commercial and industrial lighting products, we understand the benefits of LEDs, particularly for a business with extensive lighting needs. Our products have provided thousands of businesses with the opportunity to make the switch to LED technology.

This article outlines six main benefits of LED lights for business and provides a case study where a busy office building significantly increased their bottom line after replacing fluorescent lights with LEDs.

Benefits

1. LED lights save money.
There are two primary ways in which LEDs save users money. The first of these is quite obvious, in that they are far more energy efficient than all other types of lighting options. In addition to this, LEDs lower maintenance costs to nearly zero by eliminating the need to replace bulbs throughout their rated lifespan and therefore avoiding the need to pay disposal fees. Long term, this savings more than makes up for their higher initial cost. Rebates are also commonly offered to encourage energy efficient lighting which can help offset the initial cost of installation.

2. LED lights last longer.
Life cycles of LEDs are measured in tens of thousands of hours, which is exponentially longer than other lights. Light output throughout this time period is consistent, unlike most other types of lighting such as HIDs or fluorescents. Even after exceeding the rated number of hours, LEDs still produce sufficient light as they begin to fade.

3. LEDs are better for lighting.
LEDs provide an overall better quality and accuracy of light. These lights provide optimal color rendering, sharper focus, and enhanced ambient lighting to improve your facility’s appearance and give customers and employees a better overall experience. This improvement in lighting accuracy also helps to improve worker safety, making it easier for them to avoid mistakes or hazards.

4. LEDs provide a better work environment.
LED lighting is glare-free and less tiring on your eyes. Because of this, business owners will find it improves workplace productivity and increases employee satisfaction. In addition to this, the higher accuracy of these lights improves workplace safety due to higher visibility. Also, unlike legacy lighting such as mercury filled fluorescent tubes, LED lights do not shatter and do not contain toxic materials which reduces the necessity for special disposal fees.

5. LEDs are easy to upgrade.
It has never been easier to upgrade to LED lighting. From drop-in bulbs that work with existing fixtures, to full on replacement fixtures, upgrading with Straits is a straightforward process. In many cases, these lights simplify the installation due to them not requiring ballasts or extra supporting equipment as everything needed to operate them is self contained within the fixture. Let us help you upgrade to our premium shatterproof and mercury-free solutions are the best choices for your business.

6. LEDs are energy efficient.
By reducing CO2 emissions and efficiently converting electricity into light, LEDs are better for the environment and can cut energy consumption by upwards of 70 percent. Depending on the size of the application, this can save a company enough to cover the cost of upgrading within a matter of months. After paying for itself from energy savings, these lights will continue to pay dividends in annual energy savings for years to come.

Business LED Lighting Case Study

To support some of the points above, we’ve outlined a case study where a business switched from fluorescent lamps to LED office lighting fixtures. This case study involves a busy office building based in Michigan.

Dimly lit office space with fluorescent lighting prior to using Straits LED lighting fixtures

Before
LED troffer lighting fixtures on the ceiling of an office building illuminating the entire office space

After

Aside from the clearly apparent improvement in overall lighting quality, the business saw several benefits from switching to LED lighting such as:

  • 115% increase in annual ROI
  • Longer lasting lighting
  • Significant reduction of lighting mercury
  • Significant reduction of CO2 annually

LED Lighting Supplier

As an LED lighting supplier, we have an ample stock of high-quality, value-engineered commercial lighting products ready to ship. The experts from Straits Lighting Company are here to help businesses deploy LED technology in smart ways that make financial sense.

We know how to navigate the ever-changing realm of LED rebates available through the energy companies and government agencies. Now is the time to leverage the financial and environmental benefits of LED lighting to make it as sustainable for your business as it is for the planet. With our knowledge, we can help your business reap the benefits of LED lighting.

Our LED portfolio includes lighting products for:

Using LED lights for business makes sense both financially and environmentally. Straits Lighting is here to help you navigate your company’s LED lighting needs. We work with both distributors and large customers all over the United States. Contact us and let us provide you with a cost-saving and energy efficient lighting solution.

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