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Jan 08

An Office-Wide Update to Light the Way

Q. Our office is looking to save energy and save money by retrofitting our lighting. We currently have 4-foot fluorescent fixtures. What can we do to save money and update this setup?

A. For lighting retrofits in businesses and small offices, you have a couple of options:

1. You can completely replace your existing lighting fixtures (usually T8 or the older T12) with more efficient T-5 replacement fixtures or LED type fixtures.

2. With a conversion kit, you can change your T12 fixtures to accept the newer T5 bulbs or, for an even more updated approach, you can convert them to new LED bulbs. Given the long life of LED bulbs, that switchover can not only save money on energy in the short term, but also save money on parts and replacement costs in the long run (from continually changing light bulbs and ballasts).

The second option, a conversion, is usually the more affordable choice since your existing fixtures are reused. Additionally, a conversion takes less installation time, which can save you money on labor costs as well.

Whichever option you choose, Renaissance Electric has many years of experience installing both new lighting fixtures and upgrade or retrofit kits.

Contact us if you would like to learn more about these two approaches, and to help you decide which approach makes the most sense for your business. And learn more about energy saving tips specifically for small businesses with this online guide from Energy Star.

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