Retrofit Success Depends on Proper Planning

When you’re considering great ways to cut your overhead, energy efficient lighting retrofits can be an exceptional opportunity to lower your utility bills, get a fast pay back, improve your lighting quality and lowering your maintenance and replacement costs. But, what about when there’s a mistake in your retrofit job? The savings you might otherwise realize can quickly disappear when you need to fix a problem. To help you avoid this type of mistake, we’ve provided guidelines to help you avoid the most common retrofit mistakes so you can fully realize the potential savings from your project. One of these mistakes is not planning for common unexpected situations that can slow down your installation or create regulatory issues that will need to be handled.

Consider all the Issues

Because a lighting retrofit program impacts almost every facet of your business or organization, you need to make sure you consider all the potential issues that can arise. For the most part, they’re pretty easy to identify and plan for if you spend some time working with and taking advantage of the expertise a qualified lighting retrofit company can provide. Because they’ve spent a great deal of time and energy making lighting retrofits their business, they can help you think of areas you hadn’t considered on your own as well as provide potential solutions to any possible problems.

But what are some examples of the kind of “what if” situations you may encounter? If delivery lead times on lamps or ballasts is too long or too short, you could order at the wrong time and either have to wait an extended period of time before the items are received or risk having them damaged as they wait for the lighting company’s planned installation time. What about lamp and ballast disposal? If your maintenance department isn’t able to handle the disposal, is it included in the quote from your lighting contractor? Are there state regulations or even company policies that require special handling of PCB ballasts due to potential toxicity with these older systems?

What are the future needs?

When you’re considering the retrofit, you may want to think about future needs. If the new system is less expensive but won’t handle future needs, you’ll run into much higher expenses in the long run as the current retrofit is taken out and new wiring or capacity is installed to handle future changes. It is vital to the success of your project to make sure you have the answers you need and contingency plans in place before starting work, whether it’s the possibility of renting storage for materials you can get a great price on today but will need to store prior to installation. Don’t forget to document all the changes in a project book or binder, including expected savings. This also looks great on a resume or at performance evaluations.

By planning ahead for some of the more common issues that can arise in your energy efficient lighting retrofit project, you can reduce the impact these issues can take on your final cost. If you’re not sure about some of the details, it’s a good idea to make sure you’re working with a quality retrofit company who can answer those questions for you and provide you with the answers you need.

If you have questions or concerns about your lighting retrofit project or need more details about how a lighting retrofit can benefit your company, please contact us. We’d be delighted to help your company realize amazing savings with a quality energy-efficient lighting retrofit.