June 02, 13
Replacement Lighting With HiBrite
- Replacement Lighting With HiBrite
When we talk about “replacement lighting” in the lighting industry, we are frequently referring not simply to replacing old lamps or bulbs, but mostly to upgrading them to one of the newer, vastly more efficient, higher-value lighting solutions on today’s market. With a minimal amount of research, outdated fixtures, proven to be inefficient, can be replaced with a number of better lighting products available today, and provide a savings of some 50% on energy, even while light levels are noticeably improved.
Companies like HiBrite make it their specialty to provide industrial and commercial replacement lighting that brings just such advantages to the consumer. It is well-known, for example, that replacing old, inefficient incendiary lamps with T5 fluorescents will remarkably improve the value and output of a lighting system. All across the planet, the good old standby incandescent bulbs that have illumined generations since the days of Tom Edison are being phased out in favor of this newer, more efficient approach.
Recent decades have brought us dozens of new options for replacement lighting… so many, in fact, that a little comparison research would be of benefit, especially to the industrial consumer who opts to replace a great deal of lighting all at once. Each lighting plan should be as individual as the venue to be illuminated and the activities that go on inside it. Halogen globes, for example, are excellent when used as downlights, but pale in comparison to LEDs when employed for many other usages.
On the other hand, CFLs cost far less than LEDs, but LEDs have a much longer shelf life. The superior duration of LEDs, plus the fact that a longer life span leads to fewer hassles in maintenance and less frequent replacement, definitely mitigates the initial cost factor in any intensive comparison research. If the only factor is cost, however, CFLs are usually the obvious choice, and are by far the most popular contemporary commercial lighting solutions.
Other factors to consider might be the normal warm-up time, color quality and brilliance of the luminaires to be compared. Improvements keep coming down the pike, however, sometimes faster than in-depth comparisons can be completed. The new CFLs are warming up much more rapidly than the first generations, and color quality and white balances are now almost neck-and-neck among competitors.
The fixture and specific location of the replacement lighting can make a difference in overall, long-term value, too. Install CFLs in ceiling fixtures that build up heat and their life spans may be reduced accordingly. Lumens per watts for LEDs, on the other hand, are also improving, and they seem to be the lighting of choice for certain ceiling fixtures and areas, such as household kitchens, which require extra-bright lighting that is also pleasant to the eye.
The race for perfection in lighting continues, and the gap in different performance areas continues to vary, though in general, it can be said to be widening. CFLs such as HiBrites high bay lighting fixtures are, in the meantime, the most frequently installed replacement lighting choices for commercial, industrial and home use.