Lighting Tips

Lighting Tips For Businesses

  • Turn off lights when not in use. Ensure outdoor lighting is off during daytime.
  • Adjust lighting to your actual needs; use task lighting and take advantage of natural daylight. Turn off or dim electric lighting when adequate sunlight is available to illuminate interior space.
  • Do not "over-light." It’s expensive and can cause eyestrain, headaches and glare.
  • Replace incandescent light bulbs with ENERGY STAR® qualified LED's which cost about 75% less to operate and last about 40 to 50 times longer.
  • When replacing old lighting equipment, evaluate new technologies that may need fewer fixtures and/or fewer lamps within existing fixtures while keeping the same light levels.
  • Buy fixtures that have dimmers, allowing you to manually adjust the intensity of the light. Most lights use less electricity at lower settings, so you’ll only pay for the light you need.
  • Installing affordable occupancy sensors that automatically shut off lights when no one is in an area, such as conference rooms, break rooms or individual offices that are not occupied continuously.
  • Install LED exit signs. LEDs use about one-tenth the wattage and last 50 times longer than incandescent-lamp signs.
  • Remember to clean your light fixtures regularly. Dust build-up greatly diminishes the light output of a fixture. Replace any yellowed or hazy lenses and diffusers twice a year.
  • Install an energy management system (EMS) to control lighting systems automatically.