Cost-Cutting Tips for Your Commercial Lighting System

Cost-Cutting Tips for Your Commercial Lighting System

When tackled properly, commercial lighting system savings can be significant.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, lighting accounts for about a quarter of the energy used by the average commercial building. Over the past twenty years or so, dramatic improvements in lighting efficiency have created plentiful opportunities for businesses to take advantage of serious cost savings.

If your lighting system is more than ten years old, it’s time to consider an upgrade. Here are a dozen smart ways to slash your company’s energy consumption through the power of lighting:
 

  1. Make the switch to energy-efficient LED bulbs. ENERGY STAR® certified LED lights use up to 90 percent less energy, offer better illumination, and last five times longer than traditional incandescent light bulbs. And they’re not just great for your wallet—they’re better for the environment, as well.
  2. Consider your light fixtures. Switching to LED lighting won’t be as beneficial if your fixtures aren’t upgraded enough to support them. Today’s newer fixtures help to optimize light output. While older fixtures focus light downward in one position, newer ones spread light over a larger area. This helps you use fewer bulbs and less fixtures overall. While the initial cost of installing new energy-efficient office lighting fixtures can be daunting, the significant energy savings you’ll reap will offset your investment in no time. 
  3. Rely on natural light when possible. Open the blinds and let the sun shine in. Daylight harvesting is among the most energy-efficient commercial lighting process you can harness. Natural light not only allows you to use less electricity, it has also been shown to improve employee morale, health and productivity.
  4. Turn off the lights. Encourage employees to turn off all lights that aren't safety related when they leave a room or close up for the night.
  5. Install automatic controls. These systems ensure that the lights are turned off when not in use. They can be set to a specified schedule and/or lowered in response to daylight.
  6. Replace old exit signs. Exit lights produced since 2006 meet higher efficiency standards. Newer signs rely on LEDs, which use significantly less electricity than incandescent bulbs do.
commercial lighting system savings
  1. Upgrade your fluorescent lamps. If your facility uses T12 fluorescent lamps, relamping with modern T8 lamps and electronic ballasts can reduce your lighting energy consumption by a whopping 35 percent.
  2. Cut back on your lighting. Dimming the lights in hallways and other common areas by just a few watts can translate into energy savings of as much as 10 percent over the course of the year.
  3. Harness the power of motion sensors. These smart devices turn the lights on only when the space is occupied. Available for both indoor and outdoor use, motion sensors have the added benefit of increasing the security around your property by reducing the likelihood of theft or vandalism.
  4. Rely on dimmer switches. Using a special type of switch circuitry that dims the lights by decreasing overall wattage and output, these switches yield the most energy savings when used with the appropriate energy-efficient LED dimmer light bulbs.
  5. Use smart lighting design in parking lots.  The Illuminating Engineering Society of North America recommends that parking lots be lit at an average of one foot-candle or less of light, but most parking lots are designed with far more. Using lower-wattage bulbs can actually increase the safety of your lot because drivers’ eyes may not be able to adjust quickly in the transition from highly lit to dark areas, creating a hazardous situation. Consider using low-wattage metal halide lamps instead of high-pressure sodium lamps in parking lot fixtures that direct the light downward. Even with their lower wattage, you could safely use fewer lamps with this choice.
  6. Stock up. Commercial lighting can be expensive, especially if you’re purchasing specialized products such as bulbs for heavy-duty industrial fixtures. Buying commercial lighting in bulk is far more cost effective than purchasing single bulbs.
     

Making commercial lighting system upgrades can offer your company significant energy cost savings.

Once you’ve upgraded, you can also feel satisfied knowing that you’ve contributed positively to the environment while improving your facility’s ambiance and boosting employee productivity. Could your business benefit from a lighting upgrade? M.R. Electricians is here to help! We offer an array of services to help businesses in the DC metro area get the most out of their commercial lighting. From complete lighting installations to retrofitting your office for a more efficient set up, we’re here to help. Contact us today for a free estimate or to discuss your office lighting needs.

About M.R. Electricians: Since 1996, M.R. Electricians has been serving the electrical needs of homeowners and businesses throughout Montgomery County, Washington, DC, Baltimore, and surrounding areas. The company also specializes in commercial fire protection, contract needs from small tenant fit outs to whole building installations, and motor controls for industrial spaces. From major renovations to the smallest of electrical jobs, the family-owned company is committed to providing high quality products, superior results, and unmatched customer service. Regarded as a leader in the electrical industry, M.R. Electricians has set the standard for excellence in the region. For more information, please visit the website at https://www.mrelectricians.us or call 301.871.0477.

 

 

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