Frequently Asked Questions
1. What are the benefits of replacing your ordinary Luminaires with LED?
There are many benefits. Here is a list of a few:
a. An immediate reduction in your electricity usage/consumption.
b. Heat reduction. LED fixtures are highly efficient converting electricity into light.
(Reduction of AC cost)
c. LED lasts a very long time, from 30,000 to 200,000 hours.
d. They are virtually indestructible.
e. They do not contain mercury or other hazardous substances.
f. Easily recyclable - containing no hazardous substances, you can dispose most of the parts in an environmentally friendly way.
2. How much money can you save when converting to LED?
It all depends what you are converting. Incandescent to LED, fluorescent to LED, Metal Halide to LED. Fortunately, we built a very simple and information Energy savings calculator. Enter in a few fields or select one of our existing energy savings scenario, and let it calculate your energy savings. We tried to make it simple and easy to use.
3. Can LED bulbs be used with dimmer controls?
Yes and No. First, not all LEDs are dimmable. The driver must be designed to allow dimming. Secondly, you must purchase the right type of dimmer. Most retail stores now carry dimmers specifically designed for LED bulbs. Please note, if you purchase a non-dimmable LED bulb and try to dim it, it will cause the bulb to fail and also void the warranty.
Some of our industrial and commercial LED fixtures (high bays, floods, area lighting, retrofits) work with a 0-10V dimming system. 0-10V dimming requires special wiring and a special type of dimmer.
4. Do they contain any hazardous or heavy metals like Mercury?
No, LED bulbs do not contain mercury or any other hazardous metals or chemicals. CFL's and fluorescents do contain a very small amount of mercury that needs to be disposed of correctly. So when your LED bulb eventually stops to work, you don't have to worry about costly or special disposal procedures.
5. What colour temperatures are available with LED bulbs?
Colour temperature for light bulbs is measured on the Kelvin scale. LED Bulbs come in a variety of colours, but the most common are in a range from 2700K to 7500K. The unfortunate thing is that the only consistent measurement is the Kelvin scale, Many manufacturers like to use terms like Day White, Natural White, Warm White and Cool White, but there is not a standard that defines a Kelvin temperature to associate with those terms. The general rule is WARM (2700K) to COOL(6500K+). The warmer the light, the more yellow tones, the cooler the light, there are more blue tones.
6. Can LEDs be used in outside lights?
Yes. Some bulbs are designed with water-proof fittings. Others need to be kept in a water-tight fixture. Read all instructions and manuals before using a LED bulb outdoors.
7. How long do the bulbs last and what sort of warranty is associated with your LED bulbs?
Most of our bulbs come with either a 3 or 5 year manufacturer warranty. Warranties only apply for normal use of bulbs and do not include misuse or usage for which the bulb was not intended to perform. All our warranties are parts-only warranty. We do not cover the cost of installation or delivery.
8. What's better, new fixtures or retrofitting?
That's not a simple answer. For example, if your fixtures are relatively new and in good shape, retrofitting is a very good option. If your fixtures are old and deteriorating, then you might want to consider a new fixture. Both new and retrofit should last a long time. Both should perform well. Retrofitting is not prone to failure if you purchase the right LED retrofit kit to replace your existing bulbs.
Any more questions? Just contact us, we will be happy to answers any questions you might have.