Relighting to LED: advantages and pitfalls

As the importance of an ecologically responsible home or office continues to grow, people are increasingly looking for the most efficient and ecological solutions. This shift is also apparent in the lighting sector, in particular in the increasing popularity of LED lighting.

Relighting, the term used to replace traditional lighting to LED lamps and associated luminaires, is a very good investment with a favorable return for both companies and residences. In this blog we would also like to explain the benefits of relighting to LED, the return on your investment and the chance of some interesting subsidies. Finally, we also take a critical look at the potential pitfalls of relighting so that you are fully informed when you start working with LED lighting.

Advantages of relighting

The sharp rise in demand for LED lighting and relighting of course has everything to do with the interesting benefits it has to offer, both for office buildings and for residences. Here are the main advantages:

  • Energy efficient

The main reason people choose relighting is because LED lighting uses a lot less energy than fluorescent lamps, incandescent lamps, halogen spots and even energy saving lamps. After all, LED lamps only consume 2.5 to 5 watts.

  • Ecological

Relighting to LED not only reduces energy consumption, but also reduces your carbon footprint. After all, LED lighting also emits a lot less CO2 and does not contain dangerous metals such as mercury. Moreover, LED lamps are fully recyclable, so relighting to LED makes your office or home a lot more ecologically responsible.

  • Long lifespan

Due to the lower energy consumption, an LED lamp lasts an average of 50,000 lighting hours. Moreover, this lamp is also shock resistant which extends the lifespan quite a bit. When you choose relighting, you are less likely to have to replace your LED lamps again, which also reduces your costs. In addition, you can dim them and they do not need time to heat up, which contributes to the efficiency of this light source.


  • Greater light output

On average, LED lighting converts about 50% of the absorbed energy into light, so you need fewer lamps than, for example, incandescent or fluorescent lighting to illuminate the same room.

  • Cost saving

Lower energy consumption, a long lifespan and a greater light output contribute to the positive cost of relighting to LED. On average it saves about 60% to 75%.

Return of investment and subsidies

With the above advantages, it is therefore clear that relighting to LED, in other words replacing your current lighting with LED lighting, is a good investment that offers you a lot of return in a relatively short period of time. For example, you will have on average recovered your investment between 1 and 3 years, depending on the size of the energy savings and the reduction of the maintenance costs.

Especially when you have an outdated lighting system, it is recommended and smart to switch to LED lighting. It can of course save you a lot of extra costs. In addition, you can enjoy some subsidies from the government and network operators to carry out relighting of your company.

Possible pitfalls of relighting

Nevertheless, we would like to give you some points of attention before you start with an investment in relighting to LED. This way you are well informed before you get started.

  • Relighting without light study

Many companies and residences switch to LED lighting without considering the spaces in which the LED lamps will be placed. Making a light study or having it carried out by an expert can ensure that you place your LED lighting as efficiently as possible and that you do not unnecessarily increase the cost of your investment. After all, rooms that do not have to be continuously lit strongly have different lighting needs than other places.

  • Not using the available expertise

There are many types of LED lighting systems on the market and it is sometimes tempting to carry out your relighting project completely on your own, but this can ensure that your efficiency will not be used optimally and that your lighting may leave something to be desired. The many years of knowledge of an expert in lighting ensures that you can get the most out of your investment in LED lighting. He not only knows which rules are important to observe during relighting, but he will also always take into account the needs of your company or home.

Would you like to know more about relighting and how best to approach it? Then don't hesitate to contact us! Our lighting specialists are happy to advise you on the most suitable LED lighting for your home or office.

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