Upgraded workplace lighting not only reduces energy costs, it contributes to better employee morale and increased productivity. Here are a few simple tips to help make your building a brighter place.
- Check your building’s light levels against industry standards to determine whether areas are over-lit or under-lit.
- Remove unnecessary overhead lighting in over-lit areas.
- Where possible, replace overhead lights with task lights.
- Replace outdated lighting with DesignLights Consortium™ Qualified Products, which last longer and use one-quarter the electricity used by conventional bulbs.
- Exchange old exit signs for ENERGY STAR® qualified signs. They last longer, reduce maintenance, and can save up to $10 per sign, the energy equivalent of 500 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions, each year. That’s like each sign you replace saving you two tanks of gas per year.
- Swap the bulbs in overhead and task lights for LED bulbs, which enhance the work environment, use 80 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs, and use 50 percent less energy than fluorescent lighting.
- Upgrade to more efficient alternatives for parking lot and outdoor signage lighting, such as metal halide lamps in lots and LEDs for signs.
- Install occupancy sensors, which automatically shut off lights when rooms aren’t in use.
- Make use of natural light sources during daytime hours with blinds and skylights. By turning off your lights during the day, you could cut energy costs by up to 40 percent.