1. Will decreasing the number of lamps result in a lower light level than needed?
  2. Will eliminating two lamps in my existing fixture cut energy consumption in half?
  3. Since light levels deteriorate over the life of the lamp, is it necessary to start out being "over lit"?
  4. Do reflector systems require more fixture maintenance?
  5. How can my organization justify the cost of new lamps and fixtures? What kind of return can the organization expect?
  6. Will adding a white reflector to my existing troffer-type fixtures significantly affect total luminaire output?







Q: Will decreasing the number of lamps result in a lower light level than needed?

A: The new T-8 system will provide the desired light level while utilizing one-half the number of lamps. T-8 technology provides more lumens per lamp and reflectors direct more light to the needed areas.

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Q: Will eliminating two lamps in my existing fixture cut energy consumption in half?

A: This is not true. The remaining old technology lamps and ballasts will continue to waste energy and light levels and quality will be significantly reduced. The sum of the complete system is greater than the total of the individual components. That's why TechBrite energy efficient lighting retrofit systems and fixtures include the finely tuned combination of:

  • T-8 lamps with High Color Rendering Index
  • Electronic ballast
  • Reflectors in a choice of finishes for every application and budget


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Q: Since light levels deteriorate over the life of the lamp, is it necessary to start out being "over lit"?

A: This was true of older lighting technologies. Many facilities were designed to compensate for the loss of lumens over time. The new T-8 lamps, however, maintain 90% of initial lumens over their life.

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Q: Do reflector systems require more fixture maintenance?

A: Reflector systems, especially aluminum, are non-static and do not attract or hold dust. Additionally, the lower heat generated by fewer lamps and an electronic ballast attracts less dust.

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Q: How can my organization justify the cost of new lamps and fixtures? What kind of return can the organization expect?

A: Lighting hardware accounts for 10% of total lighting costs. Energy represents 90%. Reduction of energy costs will pay back very attractively, despite the increased cost of lamps and ballasts. An energy efficient lighting system can usually provide a payback in less than two years. Plus, the existing system may need to be updated anyway, because of government mandates.

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Q: Will adding a white reflector to my existing troffer-type fixtures significantly affect total luminaire output?

A: Because of their engineered, angular design, white reflectors force higher levels of light out of the fixture. Additionally, the highly reflective paint yields a surface with 90% reflectance.

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FACTS ABOUT REFLECTORIZED T-8 SYSTEMS

 

  • Reflectors maximize light projection from a fixture by directing it to the area where it is most needed.
  • Reflector systems allow you to maintain (and in some cases improve) existing light levels while reducing the number of lamps by half.
  • Reflectors painted with a highly reflective white paint offer high diffuse reflectivity, while costing half the price of specular silver.
  • The most cost-effective energy efficient lighting is achieved by installing the proper combination of reflector, electronic ballast and T-8 lamps.

Call TechBrite at 1-800-246-9977 and we will arrange for personal recommendations to improve your lighting and save on your energy costs!