Building owners and operators may decide to complete a lighting retrofit project in-house using internal resources such as maintenance staff and project managers in order to reduce the overall project cost. At a glance this may seem like a good idea, but there are a number of costs and potential headaches associated with lighting retrofit projects that aren’t typically apparent to someone who doesn’t have experience doing them.
We have listed six hidden costs that most people don’t know about but can make the final investment much higher than expected:
1. Project Management
Coordinating material deliveries, ensuring accessibility, managing installation schedules, and generally making sure the project runs on-time and on-budget is a big job on a lighting retrofit project. Many people underestimate the amount of time required to do this job well.
2. Lighting Design & Product Selection
“Plug’n’play” LED products may function when installed, but there is a lot more to good lighting design than just ensuring the light will turn on. Kambo’s lighting experts choose LED retrofit products that are appropriate for each application, considering many factors such as aesthetic, energy savings, optics, building standards, warranty, and installation time.
3. Rebates & Incentives
Seeking out and applying for rebate programs is time-consuming and navigating the often-complex program requirements to ensure you actually get the money you’re after is even more so.
4. Equipment Rentals
There’s a good chance that if you’re doing an LED retrofit on an entire building, equipment such as booms, scissor lifts or even scaffolding will be required. This cost is always included in our project estimates.
Yes, nearly all LED lighting retrofits require permits. We always include that cost, too.
6. Additional Material Costs
Retrofitting an existing lighting system with LED will often require a lot more than just the LED products themselves. The often-forgotten cost of wire, mounting brackets, sockets, tombstones, ballasts and lenses adds up significantly over a project.
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