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Save for a Brighter Future

Samantha Tse - Writer


February 7, 2024

When our customers are looking for an upgrade to their existing lighting system, we often recommend our RETRO series. They can be used as a direct replacement of existing lamps and ordered in custom or standard mounting options. They are also professional performance grade 0-100% phase dimmable (forward and reverse) and can be integrated with current lighting systems to utilize existing electrical infrastructures in place. Furthermore, all our RETRO LED’s are Energy Star Certified, providing users with energy cost savings as well as rebates offered by local power companies. Let’s take a closer look at how much energy savings can be achieved by making the switch to our RETRO 500. 

A typical auditorium facility may be fitted with a 500 watt incandescent lamp (based on an average ceiling height of 25 feet). Canto USA recommends replacing this with a RETRO 500, which provides a brighter lumen output at a lower power output (49 watts for the RETRO 500 vs. 500 watts for the incandescent lamp). If we assume a typical auditorium requires 20 light fixtures that are in use for 15 hours/week, we are looking at energy savings of 7,035.6KWH/year, which equates to approximately $844.27 in cost savings per year. 

Retro Energy Savings Chart

This cost savings is not inclusive of rebates or maintenance costs (lift rental, labor, lamp carrying costs, etc…), which amount to significant savings on the back end annually. All our RETRO’s can easily be installed in-house without the need to hire an electrical contractor in most cases. Each LED fixture provides 54,000 hours of light source removing the need for annual lamp replacements as well. The ease of installation and maintenance minimizes the disruption of potential facility downtime. 

As such, our customers are always happy when making the switch to our RETRO LED’s, which contribute to substantial energy reduction, lower maintenance and ongoing costs, and improved quality of lighting, all of which cannot be found in your typical store-bought lighting products. 

Want to learn more about Canto USA’s RETRO Series? 

The RETRO Series Line of Products

RETRO-Fusion™ 2.0 

Canto Retro Fusion 2 Image

With the RETRO-Fusion 2.0 being lighter and lower profile, along with a beveled top edge, it is able to squeeze into more shallow fixtures without having the lens protrude from the front of the trim ring. That reduces any type of glare. Now featuring field-swappable bases and a removable safety cable. This new design opens up more opportunities and applications.

RETRO-Passive® 2.0

Canto Retro Passive 2 Image

Being fanless, the RETRO-Passive 2.0 is perfect for sound-sensitive spaces like museums and concert halls. They also have heavier heat sinks to compensate for not having active cooling.

RETRO-HPL Series Availability

CantoUSA RETRO-HPL Product Photo

The RETRO-HPL is a direct replacement for existing Source 4 PARs in the marketplace, especially those used for house lights.

About CantoUSA

Founded in 2013, Canto USA is a manufacturer of houselight retrofits and followspots. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to our mission: “Our customers come first. In order to do this, we continuously train our team on the latest trends and needs of the industry, while at the same time becoming a trendsetter in the development of new products and technology that no other company has available.” 

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