If it’s time for an LED upgrade, what type of fixture should you use, Integrated LED or LED Ready?
Integrated LED Fixtures: These LED fixtures may resemble LED ready fixtures, but the similarities end there. Integrated LED fixtures come complete with the LED arrays already built into the fixture. They are designed to provide a specific color and Lumen output and they do not have typical “bulbs” that can be replaced. Integrated LED fixtures typically last for many years, often a decade or more. When they do burn out, rather than shopping for a replacement LED bulb, customers will order a new LED array, or module. However, with the advancements in LED technology we would encourage businesses to evaluate changing out their LED fixtures for more cost effective and updated functionality.
LED Ready fixtures: these fixtures are designed to use LED bulbs and typically are sold without the bulbs. A primary benefit of the LED ready fixtures is that customers can select the appropriate bulb for their needs as long as the bulb is the right shape, size and wattage. The initial installation of the fixtures is comparable to the Integrated fixtures, but replacing the bulb when it burns out is easier than replacing the LED array or module on the integrated fixture.
Which type of LED fixture is right for your commercial lighting need?
- Is this a new installation or do you have existing fixtures? If you have existing fixtures and they are in need of significant repairs, it might make economic sense to replace them with integrated LED fixtures.
- Do the fixtures comply with local building code requirements? Be sure to evaluate whether your new fixtures comply with local building codes before buying them. If you’re not sure, check with a lighting consultant.
- What are the lifetime costs for the fixtures? There are many cost factors that enter into the lifetime costs of your LED light fixtures, including the original purchase, installation, ongoing maintenance, and energy costs. Be sure to consider all of the costs before making your decision to buy.
Contact the friendly team at PKK Lighting and we can discuss your next commercial lighting project and provide you with suggestions and recommendations.