Premier Lighting Case Study: Ballast Bypass T5 LED Retrofit

Baldinger Bakery Phalen Blvd

Customer Profile:

It’s been over 128 years since Henry Baldinger’s neighbors enjoyed their first loaves of Baldinger’s bread. And the quality, tradition and integrity that kept Henry’s customers coming back still hold true today. Through four generations, our neighborhood of customers has grown to include many of the world’s premier food companies…and it’s simply because we still treat our customers like that friendly little bakery did so long ago. Today with a new state-of-the-art facility, our focus is still to provide expertise for all your bakery needs. Whether it’s buns, rolls, specialty items, retail market or microwaveable products, we can custom design that special bakery item just for you.


Baldinger Bakery utilized 4′ 6-lamp fluorescent T5HO fixtures that put out a lot of light but burned through energy quickly at 54W per lamp. Keeping up with the ballasts began to be a lot of maintenance work as well. Being that they were in the food production business, it was required that each fluorescent tube be shatterproof which was a huge cost. Baldinger Bakery needed an LED solution that not only saved energy but delivered the light levels needed for their production areas and were safe for their work application.


Before: 4′ 6-lamp T5HO Fluorescent (yellow) fixture
After: 4′ 6-lamp T5HO LED



Baldinger Bakery went with new shatterproof direct wire T5HO LED tubes that allowed for the fluorescent lamps to be taken out and the ballasts to be bypassed. In addition to saving nearly 60% on energy, they also increased light levels and eliminated long-term ballast maintenance. Sensors were added to various areas to save even more. Baldinger Bakery’s lighting project was set for payback in 9 months!


  • Reduced Energy Usage
  • Increased Light Quality
  • Increased Light Levels
  • Improved Quality Control
  • Longer Lasting Products = Reduced Maintenance Costs
  • Light Level and Color Uniformity
  • Consolidated Product
  • Enhanced Image
  • Reduced Environmental Impact
  • Leveraged Rebates

Premier Lighting:

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