Aleddra EasiRetrofit LED Tube Shines Amongst Facility Managers, Recognized for Superior Safety
Renton, WA – December 5, 2013 – Aleddra LED Lighting, a business unit of Lightel Technologies, Inc., is pleased to share that its double-ended
EasiRetrofit LED tube has been selected as the top choice among facility managers for energy-efficient lighting retrofits due to its superior safety.
Facilities management is a cost-center in most organizations. As such, cost saving is a crucial priority for many facility managers when it comes
to making the purchasing decision to replace linear fluorescent tubes with energy-efficient LED tubes. This concern with cost causes some to make
the mistake of selecting the single-ended LED tube, which looks appealing with its cheaper price tag. More experienced facility managers, however,
look at the total cost of ownership, which goes beyond per-lamp cost to include installation labor costs and long-term maintenance costs. After
taking all these considerations into account, facility managers often decide on the UL-classified double-ended LED tube because the savings on
installation time more than compensate for the slightly higher per-lamp cost of the tube.
However, there is also another less-known disadvantage to the single-ended LED tube, and that is the high liability cost. Accidentally inserting a
fluorescent tube into a linear fixture that has been rewired for the single-ended LED tube will create an electrical short, which poses a hazard
to the personnel changing out the LED tube. In contrast, there is no danger in inserting a fluorescent tube into a linear fixture that has been
rewired for the double-ended LED tube, because without ballast the fluorescent tube won’t energize.
Here is a video demonstrating the difference:
Recently, a certain East Coast department store chain chose to retrofit the fluorescent T8’s at one of their facilities with the single-ended
LED tube based on the lower cost per lamp. Not long after the installation, a maintenance crew member attempted to replace a dead single-ended
LED tube with a fluorescent tube. At 277V line voltage the fluorescent tube exploded, sending mercury vapor everywhere. The result? All
fluorescent T8 retrofit projects were put on hold, the fixtures at the facility in question were converted back for the fluorescent tube,
and the facility manager was fired. All of these costly consequences could have been avoided by using Aleddra’s double-ended EasiRetrofit
A fast food chain in California faced the similar challenge of retrofitting the fluorescent T8’s at its branch locations. However, knowing
that it couldn’t rely on the electrical safety knowledge of store personnel, the company decided that its only choice was to find and use a
fool-proof and safe LED tube that could be changed by any end user and posed no hazard in the event that a fluorescent tube was re-inserted
into a rewired fixture. Its decision? The Aleddra double-ended EasiRetrofit LED tube.
“Experienced facility managers are quick to realize that the 70% in labor savings of the double-ended EasiRetrofit LED tube on installation
more than offsets the per-lamp price difference as compared to the single-ended LED tube,” states Patrick Yu, Aleddra GM. “When they find out
the EasiRetrofit tube also better protects their maintenance crews from safety hazards, and therefore their employer from liabilities, all
without additional charge, the decision to purchase our tubes becomes a no-brainer. We have seen tremendous sales growth for our tubes as
more facility managers and their supervisors become aware of the safety issue. The liability cost of a wrongly-chosen LED tube can be very
high, as some facility managers had to learn the hard way. Why would anyone want to repeat such a mistake that could cost them their job?”
Aleddra’s double-ended EasiRetrofit LED tube is UL 1598C classified and its 4-ft models are on DLC (Design Lights Consortium) qualified product
list for rebate. It comes with a 5-year warranty and 50,000-hr lifetime. It is available in 2, 3, 4, and 5 feet and in color temperatures of
3000K, 4100K, 5000K, and 6000K.
To get immediate energy savings on your facilities lighting and protect properly your maintenance crew, please contact us at
email@example.com or 425-430-4555.