A troffer is a recessed rectangular lighting fixture designed to fit into a suspended (dropped) tile ceiling. The Department of Energy estimates that over 360 million troffers are installed in the United States in offices, hospitals, educational facilities, and commercial spaces. Traditionally, troffers have used fluorescent tubes; however these tubes are not as energy efficient as their LED counterparts. Building owners looking for ways to cut operating costs are thus replacing their existing fixtures with higher efficiency LED troffers.
Two options exist for upgrading lighting systems that use fluorescent troffers:
- replacing the fluorescent lamps and other fixture components with an LED retrofit kit, or
- replacing the entire fixture with new LED troffer fixtures.
Types of Troffer Lights
Retrofit or Replace?
So, you are ready to upgrade your facility’s troffer lighting to LED! Your next decision is whether to retrofit your existing fluorescent fixtures or to replace them with new LED versions. Both choices offer benefits. Three considerations when making the choice:
- What is the condition of the currently installed lighting fixtures?
- Do you like the look of your existing fixtures?
- Does your current lighting design offer a sufficient amount of light?
Retrofit is a good upgrade solution for buildings seeking to replace energy-consuming T8 fluorescent troffer fixtures with high efficiency LED light sources. LED retrofit kits are an inexpensive way to convert to LED while still gaining all of the benefits LED Lighting has to offer. Just remember to compare the relevant utility rebates in your area for new fixtures vs retrofit, since in many cases new fixtures will earn higher rebates.
On the other hand, the ideal upgrade solution may be to replace your existing fixtures with new LED fixtures. New LED fixtures will be purpose-built for LED, potentially resulting in higher efficiency, and better quality lighting. New fixtures can update the look of your facility while providing energy savings. They can also solve many lighting design problems in facilities that are under lit or over lit in their current lighting configurations.
More LED Troffer or Ordering Questions?
To learn more about LED troffers or to place an order today, contact Orilis LED Lighting Solutions. We offer contractors and builders the lowest pricing available on volume orders, shipping discounts, preferred pricing for repeat purchases and assistance with LED lighting design.
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