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Lighting Retrofits Reimagined

Aug. 24, 2023
From the EC&M e-books library: Why upgrading existing spaces in many cases makes sense

It's a common problem — as technology advances, old buildings get left behind. According to a Grainger study, more than 70% of buildings in the United States were built before the year 2000. Needless to say, the lighting industry has certainly come a long way since then. We've seen advancements in brightness, energy efficiency, lighting control, and more. A lot of existing buildings could see improvements in lighting quality and cost efficiency by adopting new technology. However, the issue many building owners face is how they can install this new technology without a complete overhaul of the systems in place. Fortunately, retrofitting is an easy solution to bring old buildings up to date — and these days, it's easier than ever.

The selections in this e-book will bring you up to date on the current state of retrofitting in the lighting industry. The first article, "The Retrofit Lighting Opportunity" by Doug Chandler offers an excellent overview of the benefits retrofitting can provide. Additionally, Chandler demonstrates the opportunities available for contractors who understand and embrace retrofitting. No matter what your role with the lighting industry is, you can benefit from this article.

The next selection by Ellen Helm is a must-read for anyone about to perform an LED retrofit. Her article, "What to Consider When Switching to LEDs," looks at the top 10 factors to contemplate before retrofitting. Whether you're an expert or novice on retrofitting, this one is a worthwhile read.

Lastly, if you're looking for some real-world examples of retrofits in action, the articles on page 12 and 14 of this e-book offer some case studies of old buildings that benefited from retrofits. "Two Lighting Retrofits Provide Energy Cost Savings" highlights two locations that received LLLC retrofits and examines the benefits those buildings saw from doing so. The final article in this e-book is a case study on a high school in Enumclaw, Wash. that also upgraded its lighting system with LLLCs and new LEDs. Take a look at the photos to see how a change in lighting can go a long way in bringing an old building into the modern age.

No matter what your comfort level is with retrofitting, I know this e-book offers valuable information you can take with you into your next project.

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