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Avoiding LED Retrofit Pitfalls Part I

Harvey Sinclair, CEO of Energy Works plc, explains the first five pitfalls Facilities Managers need to be aware of when doing an LED retrofit.

Pitfall 1: Buying on Price Alone
‘Buy cheap, buy twice’ – a sound word of warning in the world of LEDs. Buying cheap LEDs is a false economy, as although more efficient LEDs are more expensive, they can generate a much higher return through project savings over time.

Pitfall 2: The True Cost of Delay
Most businesses think that value is created through haggling over the cost of technology or installation. However, by delaying an LED installation by as little as 30 days could be the equivalent of to a 5% reduction in the cost of installation.

Pitfall 3: Thinking its Cheaper to “Do It Yourself”
Most facilities teams are busy managing or implementing budgeted projects, therefore the cost of prioritising an LED project over and above existing projects can be significant.

Pitfall 4: Using Your Own Capital to Pay for an LED Solution
Using a managed service or a “Light as a Service” solution can give businesses the best of both worlds – a high quality LED installation that optimises savings and maximises light levels, whilst releasing valuable budget for other higher priority capital projects

Pitfall 5: Not Commissioning Lighting Design
Commissioning a proper lighting assessment from a qualified lighting engineer ensures costly mistakes are avoided. Even on the simplest of scheme, having a lighting assessment ensures the new lighting delivers what is needed, avoiding costly mistakes.

“Light as a Service” can enable a high quality, maintenance free LED upgrade, risk free for no capital investment.