SitelogIQ is a nationwide provider of commercial LED lighting solutions. With a network of 25 offices across the country, we are well-positioned to consult on projects of any size and offer turnkey solutions. Our team includes engineers, energy efficiency experts, and project managers who can help you make informed and appropriate decisions, whether you are planning a new construction or retrofitting an existing facility.
What Are LEDs and How Do They Work?
An LED is a two-lead semiconductor light source. Like organic light–emitting diodes (OLEDs) and light–emitting polymers (LEPs), LEDs are a type of Solid State Lighting (SSL). They generate light through a process called electroluminescence: a direct conversion of electrical energy that occurs when an electric current passes through a semiconductor material and light is emitted in response.
The simplest semiconductor device is a diode, which is an electronic component that allows electricity to flow in only one direction. The semiconductor in an LED is specially constructed to release a large number of photons outward instead of absorbing them, resulting in a very efficient light source. Unlike incandescent, fluorescent, and high-intensity discharge (metal halide, high-pressure sodium, etc.) lamps that emit light in all directions, individual LEDs are directional, emitting light in one direction.
LEDs are commonly found in amber, red, green, and blue. The white light required in most general lighting applications is achieved by mixing various colors of LED together or by using a phosphor material that converts the color of the light. Phosphors are commonly yellow and visible on some LED lamps.
The Benefits of LED Lighting
LED lighting offers multiple advantages over older technologies, including:
- Improved efficiency and a longer lifespan, which translates to lower overhead costs and less frequent bulb replacements
- Reduced heat output, which makes it easier to maintain stable temperatures and decreases your reliance on air conditioning in the warmer months
- Inherent directionality and excellent color rendition when dimmed, allowing for increased lighting flexibility in any space
- Instant on with no lag time and no reliability issues due to frequent on-off switching
SitelogIQ clients have seen a collective savings of over $1 billion by incorporating energy-efficient tools and technologies — LED lighting is and has been a large part of that. Let us run the numbers and show you the benefits it can have for your property.
LED Lighting Retrofits
Retrofitting is simply the process of replacing the lighting in your property with energy-efficient LED technology. Unfortunately, retrofitting isn’t always as straightforward as swapping out your current bulbs for an LED product. It often involves sourcing new fixtures or even designing a new lighting system from the ground up.
Despite the initial expense, retrofitting an older building with LED lights is an investment in the future. Upgrading your property will deliver a long-term return thanks to the above benefits. It can also help you qualify for LEED and other certifications, as well as state, local, and federal incentives — such as tax deductions.
Another benefit of LED retrofitting is that it gives you an opportunity to incorporate new technology — such as motion sensor controls, automation, and other smart functionality — that wasn’t available when the original lighting was installed. For instance, advanced lighting controls and smart lighting provide network connectivity and intelligence integrated directly into LED-based systems, allowing for greater energy management, control, and overall sustainability throughout smart buildings. These LED luminaries are connected to the Internet of Things (IoT) and are becoming smarter all the time.
New Building Constructions
SitelogIQ can also provide comprehensive, turnkey LED lighting solutions for new commercial spaces. We can work with you on system design, sourcing products, installation, and long-term support and maintenance. Because our team includes so many experts who know how to manage LED lighting projects from start to finish, we’ll work with you to complete the following steps:
- Initial assessment
- Detailed investment-grade audit (IGA)
- Financing choices on a business-friendly scale
- LED project design
- Rebate processing
- Turnkey installation with superior materials
As with a retrofitting, your choice of partner can make a significant difference in the overall success of a project. Working with an experienced lighting specialist like SitelogIQ can help ensure you stay on-time and on-budget, and it reduces the risk of complications due to last-minute technical issues.