When you’re considering making a lighting retrofit for your business or organization, you need to consider many issues beyond which light system you want to put in place. Mistakes are easy to make when you’re dealing with a retrofit company that you’ve not dealt with in the past. One of these mistakes involve selecting the wrong company for the job. Let’s take a look at what to look for – and what to avoid – when retrofitting your lighting systems.
Beyond the pursuit of energy savings, efficient lighting retrofits must also focus on the quality of the light itself. Does the brand or system you’re investing in provide sufficient light to keep the area you’re retrofitting productive? Even if you receive a gain in electrical savings, that gain can be lost very quickly if productivity decreases due to poor lighting. To avoid this problem, you’ll want to choose the right company at the very beginning.
Rather than being a mere supplier of products and services, a great lighting company can provide consultant knowledge to your retrofit by making suggestions and helping with the problem-solving process. They’re able to turn potential problems into a winning situation by applying valuable experience and expertise to your company. An outside vendor will know their business, allowing for a quick start-up and implementation while helping you capture savings that might otherwise be missed.
Don’t be afraid to ask for documentation when it’s needed. Ask about a company’s financial credentials. Do they provide a warranty they can stand behind for years or will they disappear like a ship in the night when there’s a problem with your installation? What about licensing and insurance? If the company does not hold worker’s comp insurance, you may be liable if their worker is hurt on your business’ property.
Does the retrofit company have experience in your business’ particular field or sector? If they do, they may have solutions to problems that unexperienced companies may not have considered yet. A portfolio goes a long way to seeing the results a particular business has achieved. Are they professional and knowledgeable about all lighting technologies? If they only sell X Brand lighting, they may not know that Y Brand manufactures a retrofit for your industry that is perfect for your needs.
Will they provide training? If something there are changes to maintenance, you don’t want to wait on hold with the manufacturer for answers. Can they provide a list of references with names and phone numbers? Verify them. Some companies provide “free” retrofits to gain names for references.
Choosing a quality vendor will help you avoid the other 16 possibly fatal mistakes you may make in your retrofit project, but a fly-by-night operation will leave you wanting and in the dark. At Retro-Tech Systems, we believe in serving our clients by providing the most appropriate retrofit available. Contact us today for more details, to schedule a light audit or to design your retrofit.