LED solutions - Reality and perception
November 24, 2014 - Green Buildings
Before going further, however, it is important to address LED quality issues. There are a large number of quality LED products available. There are also a large number of lesser quality LED products promoted as lower cost alternatives. Don't even think of going there. Focus only on high quality manufacturers such as Philips, Hubbell or Acuity, whose products come with warranties as well as Energy Star or DLC designations. These designations are a qualifying requirement for Con Ed funding.
While there are many quality LED options available for most retro-fits, identifying the specific LED product that will work best for an application requires an expert. In depth knowledge of product specifications from all of the quality manufacturers is essential as well as how individual products perform under different field conditions. LED products from the various manufactures have characteristics that need to be evaluated as part of the selection process. It is not realistic to embark on a successful LED retro-fit without this level of product knowledge. Work only with an independent industry expert who is not associated with any one manufacturer. Even better, select an independent expert who is a Con Ed marketing partner, who can not only guide you through the process, but source Con Ed funding as well.
Expert navigation and funding are the key ingredients to a successful LED retro-fit.
George Crawford is a principal of Green Partners, New York, N.Y.