LED retrofit – the key facts
Innovations in lighting over recent years has given rise to many retrofit options for LEDs. Replacing lamps in existing fittings with LED equivalents is one of the easiest ways to make energy savings. Decisions often must be made in terms of lumen values, colour temperatures, lamp styles and other factors, but knowing a few facts about how and what to retrofit will stand you in good stead.
Benefits of retrofit
Advances in technology constantly drive down LED replacement costs and bring many other benefits. These include:
- Low energy consumption – Save up to 85% on energy costs with replacement LEDs. This fact alone can be enough to justify the change to LED, for both commercial and domestic users.
- High efficiency – LED lamps produce far less heat than traditional incandescent types.
- Instant light – Unlike CFL lamps, LEDs come on immediately when switched on. There is no warm-up period.
- Light colour – LED lamps can produce a light colour that is close to an incandescent lamp, but whiter, colder colours are also available.
- Lamp life – LEDs can now last 20 times that of incandescent lamps. This major benefit can lower ongoing maintenance and replacement costs tremendously.
Typical energy savings
Energy savings made by using LED against other types of lamp:
When compared with halogen lamps, the payback period can be as little as 6 months:
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RS Components Lighting and Lamp Guide
For more information on LED, halogen, high-intensity discharge lamps and fluorescent tubes, please see the attachment below and download our Lighting and Lamp Guide. You will find all the relevant information on our products, helping you make an informed decision based on your lighting requirements.