LED Lighting Retrofits

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The State of LED Lighting

The LED lighting market has reached a very exiting point where quality has continued to rise and price is slowly coming down… and it continues to get better. LED technology has greatly evolved beyond just being a longer lasting, more energy-efficient bulb. Over the past several years, tech advances have extended into the world of outdoor lighting, giving designers a vast array of creative new LED options including new color ranges, beam spreads, mounting options and more. (See our LED Lighting FAQ page for more information).

Existing LED Systems

Great new technology leads to a plethora of manufacturers hoping to take advantage of the blossoming market. With so many products that have become available, there is also a quality gap that has occurred over time. Many of the “early adopters” produced inferior quality products as the technology was still evolving. Certain product lines continue to experience component deficiencies leading to frustrating and ineffective lighting systems. Further, there are LEDs readily available now that are engineered using less exacting standards in order to be sold at cheaper prices but are more prone to failure. Through a meticulous, time tested approach, Nightscapes has developed a core of select products that we work with on new installations and to elevate existing systems to a higher, more consistent quality.

Non LED-Based Systems

If you have an existing outdoor lighting system consisting primarily of halogen or other non-LED type bulbs and you are considering upgrading to LED, you are in luck! Almost any fixture can now be retrofit to utilize an LED. While the upfront bulb costs are often a deterrent, the long term savings from energy reduction, longer bulb life and decreased maintenance will pay for the difference. With that in mind, we are seeing more and more customers turn to us to relamp their existing systems. In doing so, there are many factors to be considered.

  • Completing a Partial Retrofit: Based on the size of a system and/ or budget factors, some property owners choose to only complete an LED retrofit on one portion of their system at a time and that is perfectly fine. In doing so, the best strategy to take is to replace all bulbs on a given line (typically 4-6 lights) at once. Otherwise, mixing bulb types within the same line can result in voltage spikes which compromise the longevity of the other lamps.
  • Voltage & Amperage Adjustments: Despite LEDs being considerably lower wattage, transformer adjustments are still essential to ensuring that a line of LEDs is properly performing. Accordingly, a pre-existing transformer should be perfectly reusable so long as the adjusted current and voltage is properly calculated. When installing a new transformer for LEDs, cost savings can often be realized in utilizing a unit designed to capacitate lower wattage given the lower demand of each LED bulb.
  • Security Lighting: If you are considering upgrading your security lighting, there are now effective LED options for PAR style flood lamps in outdoor use as well as other timer and motion sensitive choices to provide further security.
  • Traditional Line Voltage Fixtures: Traditional outdoor fixtures for basic illumination purposes like post lamps and wall-mounted fixtures typically utilize 120V line voltage. Great LED retrofits that are comparable in appearance and lumen output are now available for these fixtures as well.