Within the world of lighting, commercial and industrial more specifically, we often hear the benefits of retrofitting versus entirely replacing lighting fixtures.
Some of these often talked about benefits of retrofitting over replacing entirely are:
• Less expensive to purchase
• Rebates available if Energy Star or DLC listed (for both retrofits and entire replacements)
• Not as heavy – less shipping costs
With these benefits alone, it already sounds like retrofit kits are a better alternative to your issues than an entire fixture replacement is. But do you know what this overlooked benefit of retrofitting your lighting fixtures is that I am about to reveal to you? Probably not, because like I said, it isn’t talked about that much. It’s a rather simple concept, and it’s seriously going to sound like common sense once I say it. But, it’s often overlooked while deciding whether it makes more sense money wise to retrofit or fully replace your facilities lighting fixtures. Without implementing this overlooked benefit, you may get distorted numbers and it may even lead you to making the wrong purchasing decision.
What exactly am I talking about?
What I am referring to is the cost of paying for labor to remove entire fixtures, disposing old fixtures, and the cost for installing the new ones. Why is this an important benefit? For the fact that making the decision to fully replace your lights over retrofitting may be distorted if you don’t include all of these ‘afterthought’ expenses that you might not think of until it is time to put the new lights in. To sum the benefit up; by retrofitting you are avoiding all of these extra expenses listed above that you may not been thinking about when making the decision on which option to go with. I know it sounds like common sense, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t think about these costs before purchasing new lights. Let me just say this, retrofitting a light is a lot cheaper than fully replacing in almost every aspect. It’s cheaper to purchase, it’s cheaper to physically replace, there’s less waste to get rid of afterwards, and they are typically cheaper to install. So while you are crunching your numbers, you should really think about including the costs of labor and getting rid of the waste into your calculations on top of all of the numbers.
Here’s a good tip:
If you have been on the fence of whether to retrofit or replace before you read this post, you are probably going to be leaning towards the retrofitting side of things now. Costs are higher to fully replace existing lights, and it’s generally just an easier process to install retrofits rather than entirely new fixtures. On the other hand, if you are ever faced with the situation of having to change out old lights, hopefully this post has shined a new light on what you are thinking about when considering which way to go with the replacement of your lights. Let me just add in though, if your light fixtures are falling apart, you probably should just suck it up and make the hard purchase of entirely new fixtures. I know it hurts, especially after this post revealing another benefit of retrofitting over replacing entries, but you can’t be seen with fixtures falling into pieces!
Have any other benefits of retrofitting that are yet to be revealed? Let’s hear them down in the comments, I’m sure we’d all love some more reasons to retrofit!