Many people still are not comfortable with the concept of lighting retrofitting. As they say though, people fear what they do not understand. Can lighting retrofits really improve energy efficiency? Most certainly, and retrofitting is practically achievable. What people should be concerned about is the manner and quality of retrofitting that will be done by any professional electrician. Homeowners must always be aware of the lighting quality and quantity, realistic energy savings, and room lighting and illumination. The right choice of a professional electrician means that they should do a good job with research.
This includes careful planning, analysis of personnel and facility needs, and other available options. One of the main factors to consider is the quality and quantity of lighting. While lighting retrofitting technology today means increased energy savings and efficiency, lighting quality should either be maintained or improved; never should lighting quality deteriorate. A truly professional electrical contractor should make sure that lighting quality must never be sacrificed for any room in the home. For example, when replacing incandescent lighting with florescent lamps, while energy spending may be cut in half, lighting quality might suffer by up to 80 percent.
Another factor to consider is increasing energy efficiency by doing quality lighting retrofitting. For instance, while it is true that incandescent lamp and ballast technology has improved in leaps and bounds during the last decade, it is best to find out the longevity of certain lighting facilities and when they were installed. If house lighting was installed 10 or more years ago, they may not be as energy efficient as they were before and will need to be replaced. Many lamps and ballasts manufactured today are also more energy conservative than those made years before. Consider also inspecting parabolic luminaries.
These fixtures are energy efficient at 60 percent when newly installed but, may not be after 3 to 5 years. Also, at 60 percent, parabolic-style fixtures are obsolete next to more modern fixtures that can give from 85 to 90 percent energy savings. Florescent and ballast lamps are also getting smaller and more energy efficient. They last a lot longer and the lighting color is stable. The only drawback to florescent lamps is the replacement and installation of the ballast fixtures that can add to the total cost. Otherwise, they make good lighting standbys and corridor lighting fixtures.
Since home corridors don’t need much lighting, florescent and ballast lamps make good corridor lighting because they are bright enough to light up to 20 to 30 feet. Another prime importance especially in terms of room lighting and illumination is the spacing and upgrading of lighting retrofits. The main goal here is to reduce the number of fixtures and upgrade others for better light quality. Not all lighting retrofits mean a one-on-one replacement.