Commercial Lighting

Digital Electric specializes in project management and installation of lighting retrofits. We will access your current lighting and find the best solution with the highest return on investment.

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The RETROFIT PROGRAM makes it possible for commercial and industrial organizations to install and benefit from newer, more energy efficient solutions that will help you operate your business more efficiently and improve your bottom line.

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About Lighting Retrofits

A lighting retrofit is the practice of replacing components in a lighting system with counterparts which use less energy than the original. The reduced energy consumption results in a decreases electrical utility bill, which generates operational cost savings for the owner. Over a length of time, a well-executed lighting retrofit will recover the initial cost of the retrofit, and continue on to produce energy savings is compared against the original system. The annual utility savings as a percentage of the retrofit cost is referred to as the Return On Investment (ROI). The point at which the utility savings accrued is equal to the initial cost of the retrofit is commonly referred to as ‘pay-back’, and is an often-used metric in retrofit projects.

Lighting retrofits grew in popularity in the 1980’s and ‘90’s in large part thanks to the introduction of viable T8 linear fluorescent technologies. The T8 presented a low cost energy saving retrofit for the then-standard T12 fluorescent technology. As a massive percentage of the existing building stock was equipped with T12 fluorescent luminaires, the market for fluorescent lighting retrofits was immense, and the late 80’s and early 90’s created a boom in lighting retrofits, and indeed resulted in the modern lighting retrofit industry.

While the lighting retrofit boom of the 80’s and 90’s was fueled by fluorescent retrofits, almost all lighting systems offer an opportunity for retrofit. As technology progresses, more efficient and effective lighting systems are introduced almost invariably year-over-year. Recent developments in Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) have made them viable replacements for many older technologies, while new fluorescent technologies such as T5 continue to achieve new heights in efficiency.

The benefits of a lighting retrofit are tremendous, encompassing much more than just a reduced utility bill. Environmental benefits include reduced electrical consumption, resulting in reduced demand on coal-fired, natural gas and nuclear power plants. The result is a reduction in CO2 pollution and the conservation of precious natural resources. Furthermore, many newer lighting technologies often present longer-lasting devices with reduced volumes of hazardous materials when compared to older counterparts. This results in fewer lamps and ballasts being sent to landfills. Aesthetically, a lighting retrofit can improve the perception of a lighted space, the level of comfort feel while in that space, and the ability to properly see and perform tasks in that space. Aesthetics are exceedingly important respect to branding and colour perception, as a poor quality light source can drastically alter the appearance of signage or merchandise, and indeed impact a customer’s intuitive perception of an organization. Depending on the goals and needs of the organization, there can be any number of benefits from a well-executed lighting retrofit.

As organizations and society as a whole continue to demand improvements in sustainability and efficiency, lighting retrofits have become a fixture in the facility management and building sciences toolkits. Compared with many other building-system efficiency upgrades, lighting retrofits often offer the greatest return on investment with a low initial cost. Because of these factors, lighting retrofits are sometimes described as the “low-hanging fruit” of the supposed energy savings “tree”. While this may sound less than complimentary, it is a testament to the fact that lighting retrofits reliably present the greatest benefit-to-cost ratio of any energy savings project.