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Benefits of the High Bay LED Retrofit


high bay LED retrofitIn commercial and industrial buildings, High Intensity Discharge, or HID, light fixtures are commonly found. These are high voltage fixtures that use a mix of metals and gases to create a bright and powerful white light. With each year, and as technology continues to advance, there are far more options for lighting than ever before. Among the most energy efficient options for illuminating any space are LEDs. Naturally, the larger the space, the greater the opportunity for savings. Making the switch from an HID light fixture to a high bay LED retrofit in your facility provides great savings in energy, energy costs, and much more.

Stacking up Savings
While HID light fixtures are the standard, their high voltage and wattage requirements result in high energy consumption. This leads to the cost of energy going up along with it. In contrast, LEDs are powered when a microchip receives an electrical current to create the light. The difference in technology is how a 90-watt high bay LED can replace a 400-watt HID light fixture.

In addition, LEDs contain technology called a heat sink, which absorbs the heat that is created by the light. Heat sink technology allows for up to 20% in air conditioning savings, furthering savings in energy costs. As if this isn’t enough, many of these energy saving lights are also DLC listed. This rating means that many of these fixtures qualify for energy rebates with local utility companies.

Where do they go?
High bay fixtures are designed for use in buildings with ceilings that are typically 20 to 45 feet in height. This makes them ideal for installation in gymnasiums, manufacturing plants, factories, warehouses, and other structures with high ceilings. Spaces such as these require illumination from all sides, and the LEDs provide it. The high bay LED retrofit is not only energy efficient, but long lasting. On average, they last as long as 50,000 hours. The long lifespan reduces the need for frequent replacement, which is ideal given how high up they’re installed!

The focus of LED lighting technology is on their power. They are designed to provide illumination of the highest quality without sacrifice. These energy efficient fixtures deliver brilliant light without affecting the temperature of the building, while saving energy and reducing energy costs from the moment they’re installed.

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Fluorescent T5 vs LED Bulb Replacement


As recently as 2010, the United States Department of Energy found that nearly 80 percent of lamps being used in commercial buildings were fluorescent. These lights are commonly found in large industrial buildings or other commercial edifices, such as hospitals and schools. They provide up to 75 percent more energy savings than their incandescent counterparts. That being said, as LED technology updates and shifts, even more savings can be realized by switching from fluorescent tubes to LED T5 plug and play or LED T5 direct wire lamps.

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One of the major identifiers of any light is its wattage. This is the main indicator of how much you’re going to save when you switch. For example, a standard 28-watt fluorescent tube can be replaced by a 15-watt LED lamp. Additionally, a 54-watt high output fluorescent tube is easily replaceable by an LED that consumes only 25-watts of energy. With such a difference in the amount of power being used, savings in energy costs quickly follow installation.

Plug and Play
Plug and Play, or direct wire, LED T5 lamps make switching from fluorescent to LED simple. These bulbs are easy and quick to install. Replacing the ballast in your current fixture won’t be necessary, as it plugs directly into the fixture without any rewiring. This also reduces the the cost of labor and reduces maintenance for facility managers.

Bypass the Ballast
Ballast bypass, also known as LED T5 direct wire lights are slightly different from their plug and play counterparts. These lamps cannot be installed without first removing the existing ballast in a fixture. This is because they operate using the line voltage that flows straight to the sockets, essentially doing what its name indicates, bypassing the ballast.

Time is Money
On average, an LED T5 lamp is rated to last as long as 50,000 hours. This is more than double the standard 24,000 hour life of a fluorescent tube. Installing lamps with this long of a lifespan eliminates the need for frequent replacement. Also worth consideration are warranty periods. Standard fluorescent tubes have a warranty period up to 2 years. Conversely, the typical warranty period for LED fluorescent tubes is 5 years.

These lamps are available in cool and daylight white and designed with high lumen outputs. This provides both consistent color and illumination for a seamless switch. With lower power usage, longer lifespan, and a longer warranty, whether you choose an LED T5 plug and play or a ballast bypass lamp, you’re easily looking at saving as much as 45 percent on both energy usage and costs.

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CFL to LED Conversion for Pin Lamps


CFL to LED Conversion for Pin LampsPL lamps, given their name by their originator, Philips Lighting, have been in the game for many years now. These pin-based lamps are widely used and installed in a variety of fixtures, from recessed cans, outdoor fixtures, and ceiling fans, to table lamps and wall sconces. They’re used in both residential and commercial buildings across the country. Like most energy efficient lamps, these were first introduced in compact fluorescent format. While CFLs will always be the better choice over incandescent lamps, by considering CFL to LED conversion, you’ll discover an entirely new range of benefits. Just think of it as leveling up.

Dollars and Sense

For starters, let’s look at wattage. The wattage amount used by a bulb measures how much energy it consumes to illuminate the room. LED PL lamps that use only 12 watts of energy can replace CFL PL lamps that consume 26 watts. By switching out just one bulb, you’re cutting the energy consumption, and equally the costs, for that one bulb by more than half. LED lamps have been made to replace 13, 18, 26 , 32 and 48-watt CFL bulbs.

In addition to saving money long-term, LED technology is such that it removes the glow and flicker that is so commonly associated with fluorescent lighting. The LED lights provide instant-on lighting, and warm up in no time at all. While CFLs typically come with a 5 year warranty and 10,000 hour lifetime rating, their LED counterparts have warranties upwards of 10 years, and are rated to last 50,000 hours on average.

Battle of the Ballast

When shopping for PL lamps, you may notice some are labeled Plug and Play while others are labeled Ballast Bypass. Plug and play lamps attach directly into the socket of your fixture and operate using the ballast that’s already there. No additional wiring is required, making the transition both smooth and simple.

Rewiring is necessary to install ballast bypass LED PL lamps, as the existing ballast has to be removed. They are, however, a great choice for anyone wanting a lamp that will call for less maintenance. Each type is available in horizontal and vertical design for illumination in both commercial and residential environments.

Bulb Base and Basics

PL lamps come in multiple color temperatures and either a 2-pin led bulb or 4-pin led bulb configuration. All have a base of either GU24, G24 or GX23. You’ll want to pay careful attention to these details in order to avoid getting the wrong bulb for your fixtures. They come in color temperatures that range from the warm 3000K to a cool 5000K. The warm, or soft glow at the beginning of the spectrum is ideal for living areas. The cooler light is what is typically found in office buildings, schools, and hospitals. Once you’ve chosen your wattage, ballast, base, and color, you’ll be good to go! You’ve already switched from incandescent to CFL. Now committing to CFL to LED conversion just got a little easier.

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Brighten Any Outdoor Space with LED Wall Packs


Make your outdoor commercial environment safer and more energy efficient with Conservation Mart’s high-tech LED wall packs. These high-quality lighting solutions are uniquely designed to help illuminate building entrances, apartment buildings, overhead door lighting and more at night, with styles that help lower light pollution so that 13781your area is fully illuminated without disturbing the surroundings.

We have standard and cutoff-style LED wall packs available. We recommend picking up LED cutoff wall packs if you’re looking for a great way to provide ample lumen output at night without high levels of light contamination. These LED fixtures work by directing the light downward rather than upward in order to keep light away from the night sky, so they are a popular option for illuminating parking lots and entryways. Traditional wall packs are a smart choice for covered and contained environments, such as beneath overhangs or in parking garages.

With our selection of LED wall packs, you can take advantage of amazingly long lamp lives — 120,000 hours in some cases — as well as built-in features that ensure safe operation and easy installation with minimal maintenance. These lights are a solid choice for wall- or ceiling-mounted security lighting, walkway lighting, area lighting, parking lighting, schools, hospitals, hotels and more.

At Conservation Mart, we offer low prices and incredible volume discounts on LED wall pack lights that can be used to effectively replace your incandescent, metal halide and fluorescent wall packs in commercial outdoor spaces.


LED Troffers are Ideal in Office Drop Ceilings


Found often in schools, hospitals, offices, retail settings, and for grid ceiling applications, LED troffers are rectangular light fixture that fits into a modular dropped ceiling grid, which are usually 2’x2′ or 2’x’4.  Troffer fixtures initially used fluorescent bulbs, such as the T5, T8, or T12. There are LED Troffer retrofits available or if you are putting in new fixtures, high-efficiency LED lay-in troffers and LED Flat Panels are available. These fixtures are available in multiple lumen light outputs, and warmer white (35K), cool white (41K), and bright white (50K) colors.

Many LED panels deliver a polished look with their sleek design and advanced light dispersement. This Maxlite  2’x4′ LED Volumetric Troffer model runs on 45 watts and generates 3985 lumens.

One of the best advantages of using LED 2×4 Troffers, is that the bulbs generally last 50,000 hours, versus only 30,000 hours for an average T8 LFL. This means less calls to the maintenance department to change bulbs in the facility.

To view Conservation Mart’s wide selection of LED Troffers and Panels, please visit our website.

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LED Emergency Lights and Exit Signs are a Win-Win!


greenelDuring an emergency, the power often goes out and standard exit signs do not give off enough light to enable people to see down hallways or stairwells. LED emergency lights and exit sign combinations are a cost effective way to comply with building codes and help people safely exit a building.

Emergency signs are illuminated 24 hours a day. Incandescent emergency lights use about 40 watts of power compared to 5 watts used by LED signs. Multiply this amount by the number of exit signs in your facility, and you can calculate a considerable amount of savings which you will see on your monthly bill.

Another advantage of LED bulbs is that they usually last for at least 10 years. Incandescent and fluorescent lights on the other hand, only last for an average five months or one year respectively. This means that your maintenance costs will also decrease, as you won’t need to replace bulbs very often.

Easy to install, LED emergency exit signs are a fast and inexpensive way to make your building more safe and energy efficient.







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LED T8 U-Bend Lamps


If you are looking for a bright, energy-efficient light that can be used in a commercial or residential space, ubendLED T8 U-bend lamps are a great solution.

A U-bend lamp is a linear tube that has been shaped into a U.  LED T8 U-bend lamps operate off a fixture’s existing ballast, without any extra labor or rewiring. It is a plug-and-play replacement for fluorescent tubes that works straight out of the box, and is suitable for use in a totally enclosed, bi-pin socketed luminaires.

Designed to deliver over 1800 lumens, these energy-saving LED lamps are quick, easy, and safe to install.




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Brighten Your Holidays With LED Lights


holiday lightsThe Department of Energy has compiled a great deal of helpful information about the advantages of LED lights.  They have found that decorative LED light strings consume far less electricity than incandescent bulbs and have a number of other advantages. They are:

  • Safer: LEDs are much cooler than incandescent lights, reducing the risk of combustion or burnt fingers.
  • Sturdier: LEDs are made with epoxy lenses, not glass, and are much more resistant to breakage.
  • Longer lasting: The same LED string could still be in use 40 holiday seasons from now.
  • Easier to install: Up to 25 strings of LEDs can be connected end-to-end without overloading a wall socket.

The estimated cost of electricity to light a six-foot tree for 12 hours a day for 40 days is .27 cents for C-9 LED lights v. $10.00 for incandescent C-9 lights.

Another thing to keep in mind when you are shopping for holiday lights is whether the strands utilize half-wave or full-wave technology. All LED lights cycle on and off many times per second. The cycle speed of full wave lights is 120 times per second, which is undetectable to the human eye. However, the cycle speed of half wave lights is 60 times per second, which is noticeable to many people.

In addition, full wave LED lights:

  • Produce between 30-40% more light output
  • Appear to have brighter and truer colors
  • Have no visible flicker, even in windy conditions

Whether you are looking for lights for your home or business (such as wedding venues, retail window displays, or outside lights for your office) LEDs are a safe, affordable option.

Please check out our full wave LED holiday lights and contact us at 1-800-789-8598 for information on volume discounts.

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Transform Your Space with LED Lighting

library before and after
Before and After
Photography: Graham Haber

Gone are the days when energy efficient lighting conjured up the image of a greenish buzzing haze. Vast improvements over the years, including the recent accessibility of LED options, have allowed people and companies to affordably transform their space.

Kugler Ning Lighting Design is a top, award-winning, New York City architectural lighting design firm. They won a number of awards at the NYC Illuminating Engineering Society 2015 Lumen Awards, including an Award of Merit for their lighting redesign of McKim, Mead & White Library.

New lighting was installed throughout the building, including LED tubes which replaced fluorescent tubes and dimmable LED bulbs  were installed in lamps.

While Conservation Mart was not involved in this library renovation, we carry many LED troffers which can transform your living and working environments.

When choosing the right bulbs for your needs, you will want to consider the following five factors: wattage, lumens, base, color temperature, and maximum overall length (MOL). For a more detailed description of these attributes, please visit our informational web page on this topic.




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What Does High CRI Mean?

Color Rendering Index Measurement

One of the most useful measurements when referring to a lighting source is the Color Rendering Index, also known as the CRI. The CRI measures the ability of a light source to accurately show all frequencies of its color spectrum when compared to a perfect reference light, such as daylight. In other words, it is a measure of a light source’s ability to show object colors “realistically” or “naturally.” CRI is rated on a scale from 1-100. The lower the CRI level, the less accurately colors will be reproduced. The higher the number, the better the color rendering ability.

For a light source to be considered to have a “high CRI,” it must measure to be a 90 or above. For this reason, this CRI level is also the most acceptable for professional projects and imaging.  This simply means that these bulbs are the closest to showing true object colors, or having a perfect CRI of 100. Light sources that are incandescent radiators have a CRI of 100 since all colors in their spectrum are rendered equally. Often times, LED light bulbs with a high CRI can be worthy replacements for incandescent light bulbs. Although high CRI bulbs can be used for several different projects, depending on the desired illumination, they are usually an excellent choice for retail, art galleries, museums, high end homes or anywhere extreme color accuracy is required.