You chose genuine vintage light fixtures for the style and durability, but now the lamps inside the globes are starting to pop and burn out. If your favorite vintage lights are equipped with classic mercury vapor lamps, you should consider upgrading with a simple retrofitting procedure. Swapping out broken and working mercury vapor lamps preserves your vintage outdoor lighting while providing you with these four benefits.
1. Save Money
Also known as high-intensity discharge (HID) lamps, these mercury vapor bulbs have been banned in commercial and retail settings because the design is so energy inefficient. By swapping out your old lamps for new ones, you can save up to 80-90% of the electricity you spend on outdoor lighting. It is easy to keep the entire yard lit all night long when each bulb only draws a few watts per hour while providing plenty of bright light.
2. Reduce Repairs
Despite using so much electricity, mercury vapor lamps became popular in vintage outdoor light fixtures because the bulbs run for 5,000 hours or more before needing repairs. However, LED replacements are often rated for 50,000 hours of use in comparison. Spend less on visits from an electrician to keep the outdoor lights running and save money on replacement bulbs too.
3. Prevent Hazards
Investing in better lamps for your vintage fixtures can also make them safer without requiring you to switch to a modernist design that doesn't match your outdoor aesthetic. Mercury vapor bulbs release dangerous UV radiation when the outer layer of glass breaks, putting you at risk when you try to replace a broken bulb on your own. LED, CFL, and even halogen bulbs are free from this kind of radiation. Cool running lamps like LEDs also prevent dry leaves and sticks from catching on fire when they come in contact with hot mercury vapor lights.
4. Maintain Styles
Retrofitting is worth the extra work and cost over buying new outdoor fixtures when you want the real vintage look of reclaimed lights. Hiring an electrician to connect a different socket to the fixture still costs less than running old fashioned mercury vapor lamps for years on end.
Enjoy your cast iron street lamps or ornate art deco lights without the inflated electricity bills that come along with mercury vapor bulbs. Let the professionals match LED or CFL sockets to your favorite vintage lights to get the best of both the past and modern times in one complete package.
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