How to Choose an LED Lighting Supplier: Tips for Contractors
When compared to traditional conventional lamps, LED lighting products come with ultra-long lifespans and cost-effective energy efficiency.
Against their conventional lamp equivalents, LED lights can:
- Instantaneously switch on
- Decrease maintenance costs
- Reduce CO2 emissions output and running costs
- Suit numerous design requirements and greatly enhance the appearance of areas, giving interior designers and architects a lot more options and opportunities to come up with exceptional, new-age designs
In addition, retrofitting options are now available making the migration to LED fixtures possible with existing fittings.
The exceptional advantages afforded by LED technology across commercial applications should make the decision to switch easy. The only question is, how can contractors, subcontractors, and facility managers make a confident and informed decision among the multitude of suppliers?
Here at Nakashi, we understand the importance of choosing the right vendor for your commercial or industrial needs. With completed projects like Dubai Parks & Resorts and the Radisson Blu, we can confidently guide you through the complete buying process to ensure you’re not gambling the success of your commercial project on an unknown vendor or grand claims not supported by real-world performance.
As one of the leading LED lights suppliers in Dubai, here are some things we have learned along the way that will point you in the right direction to making an informed decision.
Not all LEDs are the same
Unlike its contemporaries, LEDs’ energy efficiency and maintenance characteristics like color, brightness, or consistency face fewer regulations. Such significant variables can impact the LED product’s overall performance. And these variabilities exist across the multitude of products available for commercial applications.
To ensure that LEDs last for years to come, it’s important to source LED products from trusted sources that offer great performance with stability. Globally appreciated brands like CREE, Bridgelux, Citizen, Sharp and Samsung are performance-oriented, well-certified and highly rated.
Migrating existing fixtures to LEDs can be a considered investment, so to ensure the success of your commercial project, it’s important to select the right vendor. The right vendor will provide knowledgeable advice on the right products and LED solutions for your application and project.
The importance of due diligence
A mandatory requirement of choosing the right LED vendor is performing necessary due diligence. When sourcing LED vendors, look at their supplier background.
When performing due diligence on your chosen LED vendors, ask yourself some self-assessment questions such as:
- Do they have a proven track record of performance and service?
- What is their trading history like? What is their financial standing or past performance rating?
- Is the company accredited and compliant and do they have certified products?
- What is the customer feedback on their quality of work and service?
The answers to these questions will provide valuable insights on the quality of their work, service and performance. Due diligence is particularly important in commercial applications as many projects require long-term supply contracts.
A good company history and reputation ensures that as a customer, you’re afforded peace of mind knowing that lengthy warranties will be honored throughout its complete duration.
Addressing potential challenges
Installing a LED light solution can provide numerous commercial benefits. But, selecting the right LED solution requires more than just the ability to meet requirements. When considering potential LED vendors, it is absolutely necessary to determine if they can fulfill your requirements.
A qualified LED installer will be able to address any potential challenges that may arise during any phase of the installment or retrofit. When pursuing high-tech light solutions, consider the installer’s experience.
The right LED vendor for your chosen project will have the knowledge and familiarity with your desired LED products.
LED products vary according to requirement and specifications. There are subtle differences between LED products. Make sure that when sourcing an LED vendor, they are familiar with the LED products you want to installed. They should also have hands-on experience in fixture to fixture retrofits or new commercial installations.
As a contractor, it’s also important that you inquire about a supplier’s past projects. Ask for examples of their previous work or a link to their portfolio. Project videos and photographs will inform you a great deal about the style of their work.
Make sure their past work matches your vision.
Also, don’t be afraid to ask for references. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but in this case, solid references may be a deciding factor.
Making an informed decision
The rapid expansion of LED lighting is shaping the future of commercial real estate. Its wide array of uses and integrated flexibility with other smart technology makes industrial LED light fixtures an economically viable solution for many commercial sites. Indeed, LED lighting systems provide commercial sites significant benefits both economically and environmentally.
Its many advantages mean that there is often an LED lighting solution to cater to your project’s specific needs. Whatever commercial application is required, LED lighting can be easily tailored to meet specified operational requirements.
Choosing the right LED supplier might seem like a daunting task, but with applying the tips above, you can be sure that the process of choosing an LED vendor is greatly simplified, enhancing savings and efficiency.
Want to learn more? Request a demo today of Nakashi’s tailored LED lighting solutions.