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The City of Portland, Oregon

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LED lighting: how-to information and free resources

When considering any lighting upgrade, we recommend bringing in a no-cost ETO lighting specialist or Trade Ally lighting contractor to consult with early in the process.

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The evolution of the light bulb. Photograph by Levi Brown.

You’ll get the most out of your upgrade and save yourself the headache. They’ll know what questions to ask, and where to get the information. Things like: 

  • How well new LED technology would work in the existing fixtures.
  • How to reduce the number of fixtures yet still get superior light.
  • Which lights to prioritize replacing first if you’re on a budget.
  • Steps to take to get Energy Trust incentives.

A call to the Energy Trust or a Trade Ally lighting contractor will help you quickly sort out the best lighting for your space. They can study the product literature and take into account the many complexities of lighting systems – from wiring compatibility to lumen output; from the color rendering index to warranties – so that you won’t have to!

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An outside expert can also help with replacing fluorescent lights with LEDs. We especially recommend working with an expert if you want to upgrade overhead tube lighting, as incorrect installation of LED tube lighting can be hazardous. Read more about how to properly, and safely, install LED tube lighting.

Questions about where to start, or want free assistance? Contact us, or contact a no-cost Energy Trust lighting specialist of Trade Ally lighting contractor.