Optaled: Retrofit LED lighting

Redesign and regenerate your lighting with our retro-fit revolution!

Upgrading to LED technology is one of the best decisions you’ll ever make. However, making the decision to switch to LED is only half the battle. There is another important decision to make; to either retrofit existing fittings or buy new fittings.

If you’re a business owner or a decision-maker, there’s nothing you want more than to save your company money, but you may also be looking to lower your environmental footprint and help protect the environment.

Retrofitting can help save money and also positively impact the business’ bottom line, because good lighting increases employee productivity. By replacing the conventional lamps and ballasts in your existing light fittings with LEDs you can lower energy consumption by up to 75%. Add in the introduction of lighting controls and energy consumption will go down even more – possibly by as much as 90%.

The Optaled range of LED products and controls are selected to focus on practical applications and lighting considerations. Implementing a lighting redesign from our LED retrofit range will provide a successful lighting solution and lead the way to a greener future.


Making the switch to LED has a multitude of benefits!

Lower Upfront Costs

One of the main reasons many businesses put off switching to LED technology is because of the associated costs. When LED lighting was in its infancy, the initial costs were very high, however this is no longer the case, especially if you choose retrofits. There will still be an initial investment, but much less so than for all new LED fittings – especially when you consider the cost of installation, which would take much longer for a full fitting replacement.

Retrofits are designed as direct replacements of conventional lighting technologies. Our retrofit tray systems fit perfectly into existing fittings and offer all the benefits of LED technology for a fraction of the cost.

Reduced Maintenance Costs

One of the biggest downsides of high intensity discharge lamps is their high maintenance costs. The lamps have very short life expectancies and a very high rate of lumen depreciation so they usually have to be replaced before they even reach the end of their lives. Changing these lamps is a time-consuming process and electricians will typically change them all together to reduce the expense.

LEDs on the other hand have very low maintenance costs as they have the longest lifespans of all lighting technologies. Their shortest lifespan is 50,000 hours, which means you can use them for years without having to replace them. They also retain 70% of their brightness for their entire lives and don’t have to be replaced before their lifetimes come to an end.

A Great Way to future-Proof Buildings

Change is inevitable and the lighting systems that were used even 10 years ago are no longer popular today. As environmental pollution continues to have a negative impact on our planet, governments are passing new laws that require buildings to become energy-efficient.

Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) are the future of lighting. LED lights use approximately 1/8 the power of incandescent lights because much of the energy from incandescent lighting is being wasted as heat – in contrast LED lighting should always be cool to the touch. Because of this, LED lights can further reduce energy usage in locations such as offices where air conditioning is in use, whether that be during the warmer months or all year round

Less Waste

LED lights are designed to last. When you upgrade your lighting to LED, you may end up purchasing fewer lights as new generation LEDs have a high luminous efficacy, meaning they produce more lumens for each watt of electricity they consume. Since LEDs have a long lifespan, you won’t have to replace them for years, which means fewer materials will end up in landfills. LED retrofits use fewer materials than a completely new fitting, lowering the total cost and the quantity of materials that need to be recycled or thrown away.

Fluorescent lamps and some HIDs contain mercury which can be harmful to the environment if it is not disposed of properly. Switching to mercury-free LEDs and using fewer light bulbs means reducing waste and conserving resources.

High Quality Components

Our retrofit LED solution consists of an extruded aluminium heatsink with high quality Zhaga footprint LED boards fixed to the facing side with the wiring and LED driver fixed to the back. As of July 2020 our LED boards offer efficiencies of up to 182 lumens per circuit watt.

Control Options

Don’t let limited wiring options hold you back. As standard we offer three types of driver: fixed output/switched, DALI dimmable, and 1-10V dimmable.

Functionality can be further improved with Philips Sensor Ready drivers which can be connected to multi-function daylight/proximity sensors or smart wireless control utilising an application on your smartphone or tablet.

Our intelligent lighting system controls are capable of transforming environments and future-proofing lighting systems. They can provide all the energy-saving benefits of a hardwired lighting control system without the need to rewire a space, minimizing design time, and simplify the installation process.

With full control over the lighting experience, you can prioritise energy efficiency, improve sustainability, ensure safety and support overall productivity.

The Power of Magnets

Our retrofit trays utilise a strong neodymium magnet attachment system for easy installation and maintenance. Simply fix the magnet brackets to the back of your light fitting and pop the retrofit tray inside. Our magnet system has a ±20mm degree of movement so you do not need to be exact during installation and can nudge the tray along for better positioning, as needed.

In the event that internal brackets are not suitable for your luminaires, we can work with you to create custom fabricated mounting springs that are fixed to the back of the retrofit LED tray.

New Optics

Over time you may find that the diffusers fitted to your luminaires have become brittle and discoloured. This is caused by the diffuser material absorbing ultraviolet light and not only looks bad but can ruin the expected gains from retrofitting.

We offer an assortment of replacement diffuser options in several sizes suited to our extrusions but can also create custom diffusers to fit existing luminaires using our CNC router and CO2 laser. Utilising a side-mounted clip-in leg the diffusers can be custom created to suit the width you require.

Options include: Opal, satin frosted, micro-prism (UGR < 19), micro-prism (UGR < 19) with anti-pixel, clear.

Optaled Retrofit Tray Options

The Optaled LED tray retrofit is suitable for all linear profile sizes and features an extruded aluminium gear tray which doubles as a heatsink for complete thermal management. Outfitted with a high voltage LED system and simple plug-and-play connections to the existing wiring loom.

See the Optaled Retrofit tray options

  • LED boards to Zhaga standards
  • High performance output offering up to 182 LL/CW
  • 2700K, 3000K, 4000K, 5000K or 6500K
  • Tunable white is also available with either DALI6 or DALI8 Drivers
  • CRI80 or CRI90
  • Fixed output/switched, 1-10V dimming, DALI dimming or switch dim
  • Casambi or Hytronik enabled
  • Remotely mounted PIR and daylight controls
  • Fixed output or DALI dimming options available
  • IP20 as standard
  • Quick installation with bespoke magnetic fixing brackets
  • Opal or MPO clip-in optics available
  • No UV or IR emissions
  • Operating temperature -40°C ~ 80°C
  • 50,000 hours LED lifetime
  • 5 year warranty


About Optaled

We are a dynamic engineering company who specialises in UK manufactured precision engineered lighting systems. Our team is made up of design-led individuals who specialise in producing high quality products.

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