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Get A Grip On Lighting: Unplanned Obsolescence

LED lighting installed in 2015 or earlier is now burning out. And customers are learning there are no retrofit options, so they are looking at expensive upgrades.

Get A Grip On Lighting host Michael Colligan calls the situation “unplanned obsolescence.” As a result, there are few rebates or options to replace the failing lighting. As a result, many distributors are re-thinking work on high-end or complicated lighting projects.

Greg Ehrich, LC is the former President of the National Association of Innovative Lighting Distributors (NAILD) and owner of Premier Lighting, a progressive lighting distributorship.

Michael Colligan is an entrepreneur and inventor. He’s a subject matter expert in commercial and industrial lighting supply, lighting retrofits, and finding recycling streams for hard-to-recycle waste.

The Get A Grip On Lighting podcast on lightED is sponsored by Keystone Technologies.

If you want to watch more Get A Grip On Lighting podcasts, you can go to www.getagriponlighting.com.


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Discussion (1 comments)

    Avraham Mor January 22, 2024 / 1:16 pm

    Hey Guys – 2015-2020… that’s 5 years… that’s the warranty. They got to 2023, so 9 years, that great life. We tell out clients you should assume expense at the 5-year warranty. LEDs fail, and a plan to replace is very important, you can’t have a LED array or driver that you cannot replace. With drivers, we have always used open protocol products, proprietary locks you in and is dangerous exactly to the points you speak to.

    To fix the situation you speak of, I recommend hiring a lighting designer that has a written service and quality LED specification and making another 5-10 year plan.

    We have restaurants we have designed, 10+ years old, with USA based products that we assist our clients getting replacement drivers and arrays. No drywall removal. No New fixtures, just parts.

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