- Lightingretrofit was formed 2011, to specialise in supplying energy efficient and cost saving Induction Lighting solutions for area lighting applications in industrial, commercial and sporting facilities throughout Australia. Our high quality Universelite spare parts are able to be fitted to most existing Induction light fixtures.
- Affordable energy efficient lighting. The low pricing on our induction light fixtures provides outstanding ROI figures. Combining energy savings of around 40% on older technologies with the extremely long lamp life providing the added benefit of substantially lower long term maintenance costs. When combined these two factors make induction lighting the lowest lifetime cost of any lighting source.
- Instant switching provides further opportunities for energy savings when combined with movement sensors, light sensors, machine operating systems and time controls.
- Low operating temperature of Induction Lighting creates great energy savings in Air Conditioning and refrigeration costs.
- No flicker and high CRI provide a very high quality light source for high definition applications such as packing lines, machine shops, motor vehicle applications, ect.
- Induction lighting is essentially a strong fluorescent light with magnetic coils instead of electrodes which wear and eventually fail. It is 60-80,000 hours vs 8-20,000 hours operation for normal florescent fittings. A little more cost upfront for a big maintenance saving going forward.
- Glare is a real problem for warehousing and factory operations personnel. Try a LED glare test by firstly looking directly at a LED fixture for 2 seconds. Then confirm with yourself that the temporary vision impairment you are currently experiencing will not be a problem for your employees. All forms of florescent light are low glare.
- Induction lamps can, in many cases be retrofitted into existing lamp housings as part of a normal maintenance program, extending the life of existing infrastructure and saving the substantial cost of installing new infrastructure. LED technology cannot be fitted in existing lighting infrastructure, or maintained with spare parts. Once the fixture fails it must be demolished and replaced with new.
- High quality LED fittings with quality Photometric spread are still very expensive. Single point LED fittings are not ideal for area lighting where consistent light levels are required, especially in production lines and indoor sports facilities.
- Leading companies including Cadbury Mondolez, Simplot Australia, Edgell/Birdseye, Amcor, VISY, Lion Brewing, JB Swift, Austal Bricks, Bell Bay Aluminium, Vulcan Steel and others are currently using our Universelite Induction fittings and fixtures as part of their energy and cost savings initiatives. Other companies to embrace Induction Lighting technology include Australia Post, CC Amatil, CSR building products and Arnotts.
GENERAL INFORMATION FOR LIGHTING UPGRADE PROJECTS
Induction verses LED
- Lighting retrofit proposals need to take into account the types of fixture and the suitability of those fixtures for the application. Some examples of this being MH fixtures requiring broken glass retention built into the fitting to contain exploding lamps, when used in a food environment. HPS lighting formally used in cooler applications is now outperformed by Induction and LED technologies operating efficiently in temperatures of -20degC and below. LED Highbay lights generally do not diffuse light output enough to supply the constant light levels needed for indoor sport, manufacturing assembly and packing lines. Lighting technology selection needs to best fit its intended purpose. This, and not cost, is the most important consideration when lighting upgrades are proposed.
- Lamp Circuit Power (LCP) should be used in calculations for energy savings. LCP is the power used by the total light used to power one light fixture and includes the lamp, ballast, PF correction device and/or PE cell (if applicable). For energy savings certificate calculations the recommended LCP for Metal Halide and HPS is lamp power + 10% and for Mercury Vapour it is lamp power + 5%. Both LED and Induction LCP is the rated power.
VEL or SP Ratio is the increasingly used International Standard for quantifying light of most use to the human eye (photopic – daytime light levels and scotopic – nightime light levels). High SP Ratios are achieved with lamps which have a combination of high CRI, high lumen output and a colour temperature close to daylight. Induction Lighting has high visual effective lumens (VEL) per watt with a 5000K colour temperature lamp achieving a multiplier factor of 1.96 compared with a 4000K Metal Halide at 1.65 or a HPS lamp at 3000K with a multiplier factor of 0.6. Technologies with high SP Ratios include Induction, T5 Florescent and LED lighting.
- Induction Lighting and LED lighting both have is instant-on and instant re-strike capability. With both able to be used in creating switching and sensing options for energy savings.
- Induction Lighting being a form of florescent light has a large lamp surface area and inherently low glare and the 230kHz frequency ensures no light flicker.
LED lighting on the other hand has a very high glare small intense light source which can cause health and safety issues for workers with direct eye exposure to the intense light source. People such as fork lift drivers and close visual inspection type production line personnel should be consulted on this issue before implementing LED technology. Australia Post went through a rigorous testing and trial process and eventually chose Induction over LED for all of their larger sorting and warehousing applications.
- Induction lamps have an operating temperature of around 75degC and with the ballast separated in Highbays the fixtures will happily sit in ambient temperatures up to 60degC. LED light Highbay fixtures require extensive heat sinking to remove heat from the LED chip as quickly as possible. Generally if the ambient temperature of the mounting location is above 35degC for extended periods, the heat sink action is much reduced and the lamp life will be substantially less than expected and in many cases the chip will fail altogether in higher temperatures. Fan cooled LED fixtures are available but are very expensive.
- Our Induction Lighting has a high CRI (colour rendering index) of 80+, a 5000K colour temperature and very good photometric light spread (IES files).
There is much information available from lighting manufacturers of all technologies, especially LED, which may or may not be entirely correct and is generally biased towards their own products but at the end of the day any light source with an output which approaches daylight characteristics is good enough for most if not all applications. The choice then comes down to application, price and reliability in the location and for area lighting applications Induction Lighting is currently the Lowest Lifetime Lighting Cost technology because it is low cost and highly reliable.
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