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.
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.