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How To Choose the Right LED retrofit kits

Nov. 16, 2020

How To Choose the Right LED retrofit kits

Because LED lights use only a fraction of the energy consumed by traditional filament and fluorescent bulbs, LED retrofit kits are a smart way to cut total energy costs to your business or facility.

By using an LED retrofit kit, your business can replace a traditional light bulb (or lamp) with an LED equivalent, without replacing the existing lighting fixture or lighting installation.


What is an LED Retrofit Kit?


Retrofitting an old fixture to LED of course! An LED retrofit kit involves an LED driver and an LED light panel to be installed in a fixture to replace the existing light for a higher efficiency LED lamp. LED retrofit kits are best for the systems where the keeping the current fixture is preferred but one is looking to upgrade the actual lighting inside the fixture. For example, LED retrofit kits are used inside shoebox fixtures to replace older technology, such as metal halide lights, while keeping the same look and design of the original fixture. The benefits of using these LED retrofit kits are numerous. Recently, a higher number of people have started using these kits instead of the constant need of replacing bulbs on older, less efficient lighting technologies.


Why LEDs for Retrofitting?


There are a great many advantages of using LEDs for retrofitting. They are becoming more and more popular due to the benefits they offer. Here are some of the many benefits of LED lights:


Cost effective:

The first and the most important benefit of using LEDs for retrofitting is that it saves money. Retrofitting is much more cost effective than getting a full redesign, which would involve replacing not only the bulbs but the entire fixture. A lot of customers who chose to retrofit instead of getting the whole fixture redesigned reported to have saved almost 50% of the expenditure.


Energy savings:

This is something that makes LEDs for retrofitting stand out! They save a lot of energy. The LEDs use much less energy than other lights, upwards of 80% energy savings depending on the technology replaced, and this reduces energy bills tremendously. Saving energy not only saves money but is environmentally friendly in reducing the use of fossil fuels for energy production.



If you aren’t an expert, you don’t need to worry about it at all! LEDs are low maintenance and you don’t need to know a lot about them to install them. The LEDs are themselves very simple to install and if you are using a retrofit kit, all you need to do this replace the bulbs and bypass or remove ballasts. To add to that, the retrofit kit come with detailed instructions to help you install them. The good news is that not many wires are involved in the process, but we still recommend that you hire an electrician to remain on a safe side.



LED lights are safe as they don’t emit dangerous UV light like normal bulbs do. LED lights also do not use dangerous chemicals like mercury which can be very harmful if it comes in contact with humans or animals.


Retrofitting vs New Fixtures


The advantage of using an LED retrofit kit is that it allows you to keep the original design intact. Install the lamp and driver in your current fixture and remove or bypass any ballast in the circuit. You get to keep the existing fixtures and maintain the look you have come to enjoy. LED panels in retrofit kits usually come with mounting brackets allowing you to position the lamp as you see fit, to focus the light where you want it. No need for reflectors with a directional LED retrofit kit. If you have a parking lot with poles and have no need to replace the fixtures, but it’s time to replace the bulbs and you want to upgrade to LEDs, retrofit kits can be an easy upgrade. In case you need to change the look or even improve its features, then you can go for new fixtures. The new look is very attractive, but fixtures may be a little more expensive. The advantage to new fixtures is an entire fixture designed around the LED lights, to take advantage of the strengths of LED lights. Your choice will completely depend on your affordability and your acceptance of change. 


Should you replace 1 for 1 or add more?


The first question that you need to ask yourself is do you need more light? If you need a brighter living room, office, warehouse or parking lot, then you can add more lights or go with a higher lumen output retrofit kit. If you want to keep the same level of lighting, go one for one. Retrofit kits are made for the purpose of replacing once light for another. On the other hand, if you want to add a light or two or even change the design, it might be time for new fixtures. Just make sure you have a light plan when you start adding more lights and get some help from an expert if you need it.


Choosing a color


One of the best features of these lights is that they are available in many colors. You can select the colors as per your needs. Let’s list the colors down for you:


3000K: A warm white color often used in homes or restaurants. Very easy on the eyes. 

4000K: This is a cool white. It is specifically suitable for areas of business or other areas of work where natural lighting would be required indoors. 

5000K: This is the LED equivalent of daylight. This one is well suited for large spaces and outdoors like parks, business parking lots and warehouses where bright light is required. This light is specifically recommended to light up large spaces. 


A very important fact to keep in mind is that higher Kelvin lights, like 5700 and 6500K LED lights, have warnings against them from the American Medical Association (AMA). They have been found to affect sleep patterns in humans with these intense blue-rich lights. For this reason, these light colors are not recommended.

LED retrofit kits are very efficient and have numerous benefits. They are becoming more and more popular among people as the upgrade to more efficient lighting at home or work. Businesses and governments are making the switch to LED lighting, increasing the efficiency and reducing the environmental impact of fossil fuels in energy production. LEDs lights are the future of lighting and a retrofit kit is an easy first step into that future.



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