What’s the Best Energy Efficient Lighting System for Your Business?

What’s the Best Energy Efficient Lighting System for Your Business

What’s the Best Energy Efficient Lighting System for Your Business

The reasons to embrace energy business efficient lighting are many.

Whether your goal is to meet code, enjoy utility incentives, or reduce your overhead and environmental footprint, the effort is worthwhile.  Additionally, lighting has been shown to impact the mood, productivity, and health of workers. It can influence which areas shoppers gravitate toward and how much they spend. Lighting can feel agitating or stimulating; soothing or drowse-inducing. Getting your commercial lighting “right” takes some know-how and skill. Individual retail businesses, showrooms, warehouses, and office spaces each have unique lighting needs.

While one size doesn’t fit all, we’ve provided the following as a reference to help you explore the best energy efficient lighting system for your business.
 

LED Light

Select ENERGY STAR® certified light emitting diodes (LEDs) for the most reliability in terms of cost savings, quality, and performance. LEDs use up to 90% less energy than traditional incandescent light bulbs and last about 25 times longer. LED bulbs are also cool to the touch and won’t overheat or alter a room’s temperature and increase your cooling bill. They come in a variety of tones and brightness levels and can be used for almost any application you can imagine. And, unlike compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), they do not contain traces of mercury, a neurotoxin that can be released upon breakage or improper disposal.

Note: When upgrading to LEDs, first ensure that your current light fixtures can handle LEDs properly. You may need to have your light fixtures retrofitted or replaced.

Brightness and Color Temperature

When selecting your LED lighting, one factor to consider is the brightness. For brightness, you want to look for the number of lumens. The higher the lumens, the brighter your space will be. Lower lumens give off dimmer light. In the case of lumens, more is not always better. Consider the needs of your particular space. Another factor to consider is the correlating color temperature. Color temperature is the tone of the white light that is emitted and is listed in kelvin (K). For cozy, ambient lighting, opt for the lower temperatures in the 2200-3000K range. For cool, brighter task lighting, look within the 3500-4100K range. For a blue/white accent or security lighting, opt for temperatures 5,000K+.

Note: Color temperature describes your white lighting. LEDs are available in colored light bulbs as well.

What’s the Best Energy Efficient Lighting System for Your Business

What’s the Best Energy Efficient Lighting System for Your Business

Light Control and Flexibility

If your lighting needs change over time or even within a workday, select light fixtures and bulbs that offer flexibility. The lighting with the most built-in flexibility is task lighting. Some examples of adjustable task lighting are desk lamps, floor lamps, and lamps with swing arms. These light sources can be easily turned on and off or repositioned based on the task. To make your task lighting more effective, you’ll need to reduce the surrounding ambient light. This contrast results in less glare, which reduces eye strain and makes employees feel more alert and able to concentrate. Adjustable ambient such as motorized window shades, dimmable mounted lights, or smart panel lights allow you greater control. Track lighting, a type of accent lighting, is a great choice for art galleries or for retail spaces with rotating displays.

Enhance Your Energy-Efficient Business Lighting Plan

Set your lighting on a timer to create a mood or reduce energy waste. Motion-sensitive light fixtures can prevent your business from using energy to light restrooms, conference rooms, and other occasional-use rooms that are empty. LEDs are also available in a wide array of colors. As an example, a company called The Pink Poodle Cafe could enhance their brand with pink lighting in their display window. All of these options are compatible with LEDs. However, you may need special light bulbs, control panels, and dimmer switches. Knowing in advance how much lighting flexibility your space will need will help you to plan for incorporating in these adjustments. Consider your needs and make light control an important part of your plan.

Other Important Considerations

The type of lighting fixtures that you decide on can be determined by existing factors. Room size, ceiling height, wall space, and budget are all considerations to keep in mind.  You’ll also want to ensure that any existing fixtures, ballasts, and wiring are in good order and able to run LED bulbs efficiently. If you plan to incorporate smart technology into your lighting plan, consider which other energy efficient appliances you might be able to run on the same device.

Whether you’re starting your energy efficient lighting plan from scratch or are upgrading an older system, our team of professional electricians has the know-how and expertise to ensure that your lighting job is done right the first time. 
 

For decades, businesses in the DC metro area have relied on us from the planning to the installation of their commercial lighting projects. Contact our team of certified professionals today!

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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