LED lighting is the future of indoor illumination. Cost-effective, ecologically friendly, and visually vibrant, upgrading to LED lighting is an attractive option for growing numbers of organisations and businesses. Here’s a quick guide to what you can expect.
Why Should I Upgrade?
Aside from being an increasingly pressing legal requirement, LED lighting offers high versatility without being an economic drain. As such, museums, libraries, and commercial buildings choose to make the transition to comply with the law, save money, and create a positive atmosphere for their users.
What Does An LED Upgrade Involve?
Upgrading to LED lighting means removing archaic filament-bulb systems and installing eco-friendly, low-energy systems. This process differs slightly depending on the type and size of the building. For instance, as upgrades generally involve a re-think of the overall lighting architecture, decisions are often made regarding how much brightness is needed and where lights should be positioned. This means that some upgrades may involve minimal intrusion, while others could be more extensive.
Can I Keep My Existing Electrical Infrastructure?
The suitability of the infrastructure very much depends on the building. Often, some or all of the existing set-up can be retained. However, the older the building, the more likely it is that modernisation is required. This is because antique wiring systems present a range of compatibility challenges. Older electrical infrastructure is becoming rapidly obsolete, so partially or fully upgrading is recommended.
How Long Does It Take To Upgrade To LED Lighting?
The time it takes to upgrade to LED lighting depends on the nature of the project. More complex buildings will take more planning than modern set-ups that are already partially upgraded. However, interruption to service does not always have to be an issue. Instead, properties can be upgraded outside traditional working hours to achieve the result with minimal impact, or can be modernised gradually.
How Challenging is An Upgrade?
LED lighting is an evolving technology. Legislative demands for buildings to comply with increasingly tight energy rules mean that the area has seen considerable and urgent investment. Systems are improving, and solutions are gathering pace. At the same time, LED lighting upgrades remain a bespoke art. The approach is dictated by the individual building and its unique demands. In some cases, this can require thinking outside the box.
What Are The Stages of The Upgrade?
There are four key stages. Due to the tailored nature of LED upgrading, the first is always consultation. This involves bringing together the various strands of the upgrade, such as the aesthetic goals and practical requirements. After this, a careful and forward-thinking solution is designed. This is then implemented to an agreed schedule. Should it be required, expert assistance is offered throughout the whole process, and continues beyond completion, becoming the fourth stage.
At Lowe & Oliver, we are committed to achieving sensitive, vision-driven LED upgrades. If you have questions about what this would involve for your building, please give us a call today.