Lighting consumes 25 percent to 30 percent of the total energy used in most commercial buildings, making it a highly cost-effective first step in your energy management plan. If you do nothing else, focus on lighting. Improvements are affordable and offer a quick return on your investment.
From maximizing natural daylight to choosing high-efficiency lighting products, a well designed lighting system balances energy savings with non-energy benefits. Today’s lighting designs and technologies offer an affordable way to lower energy costs while you shine an attractive light on your business.
Why make lighting improvements?
- Enjoy real energy savings with a high return on investment.
- Cut heat gain, reducing loads on heating and ventilation systems.
- Free up cooling systems to absorb more cooling loads or “right-size” for maximum efficiency
- Improve light quality for customer and employee comfort.
- Improve employee productivity, attendance and morale.
- Create attractive lighting aesthetics for product display.
- Improved light quality and color rendition.
- Get more light from lower wattage lamps.
Lighting impacts heating and ventilation costs
Non-energy benefits add even more value
Lighting is a large source of heat gain in commercial buildings and that impacts the building’s HVAC system.
Businesses receive many non-energy benefits with energy-saving lighting:
- Retail sales increase.
- Products on display look better.
- Customers stay in the store longer.
- Employee performance rises and absenteeism falls.
- Student performance in daylit classrooms improves.
- Company image rises.
- Product appearance is enhanced, leading to greater sales.
- Create safer property for customers and employees, and reduce liability.