Why Your Commercial Lighting May Be The Best Place To Start For Energy Efficiency
Conserving energy is tough for many commercial buildings. No matter how many energy efficient strategies you implement on the operational side of the structure, ultimately it depends on how the building’s occupants use it. And if the negatives outweigh the positives, you’ll end up paying the price in more complaints and movement as people leave for other locations.
So where do you start? Often, the systems that provide the biggest impact are the most expensive to implement. They are also some of the most difficult to install.
Compared to other projects, commercial lighting is generally easier to take on and can have a lasting impact on both energy efficiency and the experience by the users.
Upgrading commercial lighting has several key benefits:
- It changes the look and feel of the space
- It can improve functionality
- It can improve safety
- It can increase your green initiatives
- It can reduce your operating costs
- It can reduce energy usage
The easiest way to accomplish all that and more is by switching from your current lights – incandescent or fluorescent – to LED.
LEDs on average use 50 percent less energy than more traditional commercial solutions. In addition to this savings, LEDs typically have a longer lifespan, meaning you won’t be replacing them as frequently as other lighting solutions. That means less trouble for maintenance, and less cost for fixture replacement.
LED also offers a broader range of light. If you need specific light sources for specific jobs, you’ll love what LED can do for you. It delivers light where you want it, and can do so with a sharper light source. If your employees or tenants have complained about headaches and other health problems related to light, changing to LED can dramatically improve the working conditions.
What’s more, it’s easier to divide a commercial property into regions and replace and upgrade in phases. Why not start by addressing parking lot issues? Then move to common areas within the building, such as stairwells, hallways, and utility space? This causes less disruption to employees and tenants, and can get them on board for more personalized upgrades in each of their spaces.
When was the last time you upgraded the lighting in your commercial space? Maybe now is the time.