How Much Does a Retrofit Cost?

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How much does a lighting retrofit project cost? Or “How much is my lighting project going to cost?” is the question we hear first and most often. It's the most difficult to answer of all the things our clients ask. Lighting project designers can tell you the costs of fixtures, lamps, labor, and a whole host of other items that go into a lighting retrofit project; however, it is really very difficult to give an ‘average price’ because the factors vary so widely from project to project.

TRC tells you all the cost factors that go into building your lighting project from the ground up. We give you all the nitty gritty details and examples that can heavily affect not only the cost of your lighting retrofit, but the overall success of your project. We want to tell you how to go in armed with knowledge when you are ready to take on a lighting upgrade or retrofit project. Our first bit of advice is to read this article before you sign on any lighting project quote, and get the ebook for even more in depth info.

WHAT ARE THE PRIMARY FACTORS IMPACTING THE PRICE OF A RETROFIT PROJECT?

FACTOR 1: YOUR FACILITY

Your building size, structure, hours of operation, your existing electrical service and even your industry can impact the cost of a lighting project.

FACTOR 2: YOUR LIGHTING SYSTEM & OPERATIONAL REQUIREMENTS

The second factor in building your new lighting system is your existing lighting system and your operational requirements. The three main points about your current lighting system that can impact cost are:

  • the condition of your current fixtures
  • the amount of light you want
  • your future business processes

FACTOR 3: YOUR GOALS

Your goals should be the project priority, whether you were approached by a lighting consultant, were given a directive to do a lighting project from up the ladder, or researched energy-efficiency and learned that upgraded lighting can be a simple, immediate way to reduce operating costs and have a positive environmental impact. Each is an important factor in the success of a lighting project. Consider which are most important to you.

FACTOR 4: OTHER PROJECT VARIABLES

Your facility, your existing lighting system, your needs, and your project goals are all factors in the cost of a lighting retrofit; a few more tangible factors also come into play. Our best advice to anyone comparing multiple lighting project quotes from multiple vendors is to be sure you are comparing apples to apples, in all aspects of the project: Service, Product and Extras. 

 

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