before and after retrofit kit to LED street lights

Old to New – Retrofitting Light Fixtures to LED

Retro-fitting technologies have provided end users with an ability to update their lighting in a predictable manner. When it comes to high-quality wattage lumen for standard outdoor, post-top lights, warehouse high bay, commercial and industrial lighting, metal halide has long been in use for decades. But recently, as new technologies emerge, LED invention is fast becoming a better alternative and retrofitting to the old metal halide lamps in more beneficial ways in terms of cost, light longevity, energy efficiency, and to sustain maximum lighting standard.

You may be wondering which one to go for or which one should I use, metal halide lamps or fluorescent bulbs? This article will assist you in knowing or have a brief overview of how metal halide lamps are measured up to the fluorescent bulb so that you can apply and choose the best lighting solution to meet your needs.

Metal halide lamps or fluorescent bulb?

Suppose you are looking for a bulb that has a maximum level of illumination, less wattage consumption of about 50% to 70%, with a smart voltage sensing system that will automatically reduce your utility costs. It is a welcome idea to retrofit measured light-emitting diode LED technology that is designed purposely to ease out the heat dissipation that always shortens the life of the existing metal halide lamps.

Old to New – Retrofitting to LED

The Light-emitting diode (LED) technology will allow you to have long-lasting and high-quality lighting at a fraction of the energy consumption or costs compared to the metal halide lamps, which are more expensive in terms of energy consumption and the lamps performance reduction or relatively degradation over their long usage.

The most recent reasons that make outdoor LED retrofit kits a popular option in lighting is that they offer great several performance upgrades apart from those mentioned so far over the old metal halide lamps such as lower upfront, longer-term option, potential dimming and control capabilities, and keeping the existing fixture housing installed.

Another beneficial fixture of the new Light-emitting diode LED is that you have the option of specifying the color temperatures, the CRI levels, and the lumen packages as much as needed to meet your specific needs.

Also, the fluorescent new Light-emitting diode LED is the best alternative to the metal halide lamps because it has a light engine, that is, a circuit board mounted with an array of LED chips and separate power units that come with an additional surge protector that can help to protect it from power surges, and other acts of God such as lightning strikes and thunderstorm. These multiple tube-like chips are well shaped to fit where the metal halide lamps were or replace all the old troffer components and make them look like brand new fixtures. There is no need to update your wiring or change your existing plugs; what you just need is to choose the correct LED that matches up with the metal halide lamp replacement.

From the above, the fog behind why retrofitting to a Light-emitting diode LED lighting system will be beneficial has hopefully cleared. Although the metal halide lighting system has its good attributes like offering a reliable output but the emitting span or power is not as effective as with LED fluorescent.

Therefore, when you are considering which lighting system you go for, you have several factors at play ranging from cost, installation efficiency, performance, and durability.

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