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3 Ways You Save Through Lighting Efficiency Upgrades

Posted by John Hill on Jan 06, 2015

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A lighting retrofit is an easy way to improve the energy efficiency of your commercial building. It doesn’t take much time or money to make huge reductions to your utility bills with an improved lighting system. In fact, you save as much as 50% in lighting costs when you invest in an upgrade. 

Lighting efficiency not only reduces the amount of energy you spend to light your building, but it also has additional money-saving benefits. Take a look at three more ways you save with a lighting efficiency upgrade.

1. Spend Less On Lightbulbs 

Today’s advances in lighting technology mean lightbulbs last longer. When you invest in high-efficiency lighting technology, you spend more upfront to save more in the long run. When your bulbs have longer useful lives, you don’t have to purchase as many of them over time, and you spend less in maintenance costs to replace them (especially if the bulbs are outside or extremely high up). 

The type of lightbulb you purchase makes a big difference. Take a look at how many hours these common high-efficiency bulbs last, compared with traditional incandescent bulbs that provide only 800-1,000 hours of light. 

  • CFLs (compact fluorescent lightbulbs) last about 10,000 hours.
  • LED (light-emitting diode) lightbulbs last 25,000 hours or more.
  • Halogen lightbulbs last 2,250 to 3,500 hours.
  • Fluorescent lights last 10,000 hours or more. 

2. Reduce Cooling Costs 

Traditional lighting options release a great deal of their energy as heat. This “heat gain” is a huge source of waste in commercial buildings. Not only does it raise your lighting energy costs, but it also adds an unnecessary strain on your cooling system. High-efficiency lighting models release very little energy as heat, so upgrading your lightbulbs means you save in two ways. You spend less to illuminate your building and you also conserve energy while you cool it. 

3. Increase Productivity 

High-efficiency lighting also increases the quality of the work environment for your employees. Some of the possible benefits of a lighting efficiency upgrade include increased productivity, reduced absenteeism, fewer errors on visual tasks and increased employee satisfaction. Good lighting also increases visual comfort and prevents eye fatigue. 

The Light Right Consortium did a study on the impacts of lighting on worker performance and found that employees who are more satisfied with their lighting are happier with their environment and with their work overall. An improved atmosphere with comfortable lighting benefits everyone on your staff and makes your building a pleasant place to work. 

A lighting efficiency upgrade pays for itself in savings in just a few years. Not only does an improved lighting system cut your utility bills, but it also improves your work environment, saves you money on bulbs and contributes to a more aesthetically pleasing atmosphere at your facility. With so many possible benefits for your company, there’s no downside to investing in a lighting retrofit. 

Ready to learn more ways to lower your commercial utility bills? Call 609-561-9000 or click here to speak with an Energy Advocate at South Jersey Energy.

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Topics: utility bills, energy costs, lighting technology