How to Do an Induction Lighting Retrofit How to Do an Induction Lighting Retrofit

What You'll Need
Electric Wires
Screws, Nuts, Bolts
Occupancy Sensor
Timer for Occupancy Sensor
Induction Lights

An induction lighting retrofit refers to the addition of the new technology induction lights to older fittings for energy efficiency. Retrofitting itself refers to the continued operation and maintenance of the improved technology. In an office setting for example, it is now possible to replace lighting fixtures based on old technology by induction lighting. This step helps increase energy efficiency and brings down energy costs. Performing a retrofit however requires some background checks before the final installation is done. This step-by-step guide will explain how the process of retrofitting must be performed. The materials required for the job are listed below. 

Step 1 - Determine Whether your Old Light Fittings Need to be Changed

This is the most important step before going through an induction lighting retrofit. You have to determine whether the current lighting fixtures are based on old technology (T12 bulbs), whether the lighting fixtures are more than seven years old, or if during computer or TV viewing you experience glare from your current lighting fixtures, etc. If you answered yes to all these questions, you qualify for performing a retrofit.

Step 2 - Determine the Size of the Room You Need to Work On 

Determining the size of the room will influence your decision on the type of sensors to use in the next step.   

Step 3 - Add a Control Device to the Lighting Fixtures' Circuit 

Answering yes to the questions above should also mean that you need an energy control device operating the lighting circuits.  A control device greatly helps to increase efficiency and reduces energy costs. By adding a control, you can use the lights based on timers, room occupancy, etc. Adding a control device is fairly easy. Just find the main circuit that controls a particular room's lights and do appropriate wiring to fit in the control devices (occupancy sensor and timer). If you are working on a large office for example, a ceiling-mounted sensor will have to be used. If it's a small office, a wall-mounted sensor is appropriate.

Step 4 - Adjust Occupancy Sensor and Timer

After you have installed the appropriate control device, you have to adjust the occupancy sensor and timer to be in sync. That is, after the last person has left the room, the time between that last person leaving and the lights going out must be set. 

Step 5 - Replace Old Lighting with Induction Lighting 

First, disassemble the existing lighting fixtures. This might take quite a while and extensive labor. The use of screwdrivers and nuts and bolts is involved. After you've done that, the job becomes fairly easy. You just have to replace the old fixtures with induction lights and replace all the covers on the lights that you removed. Your induction lighting retrofit is complete.

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