Who are the Best LED Contractors?

LEDs are a lighting technology with wide applications for building owners and municipal public works directors.  While the merits of LED lighting are well-established the technology is deceptively simple.

Residential consumers are frustrated enough with the bewildering choices they face.   Commercial property owners and managers face far more challenging decisions:

  • How many fixtures do I need to replace or upgrade?
  • What specifications are called for by the fixtures?
  • How many lumens do I need?
  • How do I avoid a harsh, cold interior atmosphere?
  • What is my budget and what kinds of returns on investment am I seeking?

 

LEDs are a lighting technology with wide applications for building owners and municipal public works directors.  While the merits of LED lighting are well-established the technology is deceptively simple.

Residential consumers are frustrated enough with the bewildering choices they face.   Commercial property owners and managers face far more challenging decisions:

  • How many fixtures do I need to replace or upgrade?
  • What specifications are called for by the fixtures?
  • How many lumens do I need?
  • How do I avoid a harsh, cold interior atmosphere?
  • What is my budget and what kinds of returns on investment am I seeking?

Most building managers would be wise to turn to professional lighting installers or in rare cases lighting designers.  These companies have the necessary experience to help navigate the myriad choices you face.

There are many things besides cost that facilities managers should review in choosing a lighting contractor.  These include:

  • Experience. On top of prior experience ask if the contractor has worked with other companies in your industry.
  • OEM Representative. Make sure your contractor has been certified by at least one major manufacturer such as Phillips to represent their products in your area.
  • Monitoring Knowledge. Many new lighting systems permit remote control and monitoring.  Ask your contractor if he has experience with systems such as Lutron, Crestron, Sonos, and other interfaces that facilitate monitoring.
  • Engineering Knowledge. Are there qualified engineers on staff who can design your system.
  • In-house Electricians. Find out if your contractor has on staff qualified electricians.  Some states like Massachusetts require lighting installations to be installed – not only certified – by licensed and sometimes unionized electricians.   Ask if this is the case in your state.
  • Licensed. Ask to see a copy of your contractor’s state license and the certifications of the staff working on your project.
  • Insurance. Ask that you be made a named insured under your contractor’s insurance policy.  In the unlikely event that there is an injury or damage to your property in the course of construction you will want your property and casualty company to be able to subrogate itself to your contractor’s insurer.
  • Lighting Designers. In some cases you may wish to avail yourself of the services of a lighting designer who is familiar with the aesthetics of lighting choices.
  • Available Staff. Make sure the contractor has sufficient staff to tackle your project promptly.
  • References. Don’t hesitate to ask for the names of satisfied customers that you can talk to for further background on the prior success of this contractor.

Note that some HVAC contractors provide lighting support.    Not all such contractors are familiar with the specialty of lighting design and installation.  Be sure to ask for information about your contractor’s background and experience.