LED lighting technology continues to improve at a rapid pace, particularly as it relates to lighting efficacy. The improved light performance combined with steep decreases in price recently has now allowed for LED lighting to become the default energy efficient lighting choice for many applications. This is especially true for commercial and industrial facilities where lighting is a significant overall piece of energy consumption and associated operational costs. In these types of facilities, T8/T12 tubes represent the largest opportunity for LED retrofit where the facility can realize the most energy cost savings.
Aledda’s EasiRetrofit LED tube is known to be the safest LED tube on the market. Its double-end wiring supports both shunted and non-shunted sockets, thus saving 50-70% installation time and labor costs when compared to the everyday single-end LED tubes that are common. By removing the ballast, the ongoing maintenance costs for ballast are no longer a concern. In addition, EasiRetrofit tube’s energy consumption is much lower than that of the new ballast-compatible tubes that are appearing on the market. Moreover, the new EasiRetrofit G3 tube has a field-replaceable driver that doubles the lifetime of the tube to 10+ years. This patented feature saves on the cost of buying a new tube, and addresses the trouble associated with disposing the LED tube after 5 years. With an optional extended guarantee program, Aleddra will provide replacement drivers to the customer.
Several lighting industry heavyweights have recently taken the path of promoting ballast compatible LED tubes for direct linear fluorescent lamp replacement. On the surface, this option may seem appealing. However, a closer look at this approach reveals some significant hidden costs down the road. Here is a side-by-side comparison of Aleddra EasiRetrofit G3 tube versus the ballast compatible tube over a 10-year period (assuming 5-years on tube, driver, and ballast for simplicity):
Note that 1) an electrician’s service rate is much higher than that of a general maintenance person, 2) the combined cost of all spot replacements is much higher than undertaking one-time change-over, and 3) replacement driver is 1/3 the cost of a tube. It is evident that over 10 years of operation, the user would end up spending nearly twice the money for using the ballast compatible tube versus the EasiRetrofit G3 tube. Moreover, the ballast compatible tube is only available in 4-ft lengths, and there are limited color choices. EasiRetrofit G3 tube is available in 2-ft and 4-ft in a variety of color choices. Aleddra will launch a line of T8 U-bend and T5 tubes in Q4, thus providing one-stop offer on retrofitting all linear fluorescent tube lamps. Aleddra products are UL 1598C classified for both U.S. and Canada, and have met DLC linear tube specifications for utility rebates. Click here for EasiRetrofit G3 specification.
Aleddra offers a 10-year extended warranty on driver replacement at a fraction of the tube cost. Call Aleddra today to start saving on energy immediately, and become a “greener” citizen. Contact us at [email protected] or 425-430-4555.