June 02, 13
Some Important Points to Keep in Mind before You Purchase Commercial Lighting
- Some Important Points to Keep in Mind before You Purchase Commercial Lighting
Anyone that owns a business or manages a large commercial facility knows how important lighting systems are. Proper lighting is important for security, employee safety, and productivity. Over the years technology has changed and improved quite a bit but a lot of buildings are still using older, outdated lighting that is wasting electricity and costing businesses a lot of money.
It is estimated that as much as 25% of all of the electricity used in the United States is used for lighting. In a lot of commercial and industrial settings as much as 50% of the electricity consumed is being wasted because of inefficient, outdated, or poorly maintained lighting. For a business owner, the primary consideration in purchasing new commercial lighting likely revolves around costs. How much will it cost to replace existing lighting? How much money can I save on my utility bills? How long will it take for the investment to pay itself off? These questions can be difficult to answer and require a considerable amount of analysis and calculations to come up with an accurate figure.
To begin to figure out how much it might cost to update your lighting you will need to figure out what type of lighting you would like to use. A popular choice these days is to replace old T12 fluorescent lighting or high intensity discharge (HID) lighting with newer, more efficient T8 lighting. If you are replacing T12 lighting with T8 lamps it is important to know that the newer T8 lamps are not only far more energy efficient but they are also brighter so you will not need as many lamps as you were using before. This is important because if you are replacing your old light fixtures with updated units you will be able to save money because you don’t need to do a one for one exchange. It’s also important to be aware that the newer lamps are brighter because you don’t want to have too much light in a particular area. Over lighting is simply wasting energy and the whole point of upgrading your lighting system is to conserve energy.
There is a lot to consider before making a substantial investment in upgrading your lighting system. It also involves careful analysis and complex calculations so it’s usually a good idea to have some professional assistance. At http://hibritelighting.com/ we offer potential clients a free energy analysis to help them figure out what they need and to answer some questions about upgrading their lighting systems. You can leave your name and e-mail address in our contact form or call us at 605-339-1111 to get your free energy analysis and to start planning your commercial lighting system upgrade.