Picking the proper wall pack lighting is crucial when it comes to your lighting for industrial purposes. From energy savings, quality of light, to lumens per watt; ensuring your educated before purchasing is huge in business.
This post is going to help ensure you that you have the proper knowledge and facts it takes to make a proper decision in regards to your commercial wall pack lighting needs. Let’s start off with a very important initial starting point that you must be aware of over everything else, and that is which technology you plan to go with.
1) Deciding on the technology to be used. There are several technologies when it comes to lighting, but more specifically when it comes to wallpacks LED and High Pressure Sodium (or HPS) lights are most commonly used.
When it comes to considering the most efficient and higher quality wall pack systems, LED is the clear winner for some obvious winners. The produce more lumens / watt, they produce higher quality and wider ranges of light, and they typically last 50%+ longer.
The only downside to LEDs over HPS is the fact that LED is a larger upfront investment. So while a HPS might be 50% cheaper to invest in initially, they will cost you more in the long run. If you want to make a sound and solid investment in your wall lighting fixtures; LED will prove to outperform any other technology including HPS and Metal Halide (another common commercial light).
2) Discovering your current wall pack technology. If you are wanting to invest in new industrial wall packs because your old ones simply aren’t working at a capacity to you or your buildings liking; finding out which technology you currently use is highly important. If you currently use HPS or Metal Halide, this is a surefire reason to make the switch away from those technologies over to LED. Almost always your wall packs will be either HPS or MH fixtures; so if you experience issues with them, whether it be buzzing, flickering, or just very low lumen output; LED won’t even produce these types of issues.
3) Do you want entirely new fixtures or simply bulb replacement. In the world of lighting we have two options when it comes to replacing a fixture: either full replacement or something we call a light retrofit. A full replacement is simple, it requires an entire replacement of both the light source and the fixture it resides in. A retrofit is basically a replacement of just the light itself and not the fixture it’s contained in. The only reason to fully replace is if you want a newer look, your fixtures are broken, or you simply want brand new fixtures in place. If you don’t have these issues, you will find cost savings by just retrofitting your existing fixtures. The cost is lower because you are only replacing the light source itself, not the entire fixture.
4) Buy DLC qualified products for greater savings. By buying products that are DesignLights Qualified, you open yourself up to greater savings through rebates from your local utilities company. While these rebate opportunities greatly vary company to company; if you buy a product that is either DLC standard or premium, you are highly likely to receive some sort of rebate. On top of that; buying a DLC qualified product means it’s passed tests and is of high quality. So for the rebate or not, you probably want to buy DLC qualified products simply based on the fact that they have passed 3rd party testing.
These tips have been provided in hopes that you, as either a facility manager, building owner, or even a manager will now be able to make a very educated purchasing decision in regards to exterior wall pack lighting purchases.
If you want to make the proper decision, go through these tips a few times, review them, and make the proper considerations as to which technology and solution you plan to go with when it comes time to make a purchase for your company. Don’t get caught up with the wrong products, at the wrong price, with the wrong technology.