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What to consider when it comes to commercial lighting projects

Dec 30, 2014

Lighting makes up 40 percent of a commercial building’s electric bill on average and makes a huge impact on the appearance of its interior. Now is a great time to plan lighting for your commercial building in a way that saves money and really shines above the rest.

“Every single building is different, and requires different needs,” explained Kevin Koehler of Koehler Electric.

One of the best ways to be smart about commercial lighting is considering what light is needed where. There are different light fixtures for different levels of illumination.

For general lighting, use diffuse, ambient light fixtures that illuminate a large area at moderate intensity. Reserve direct, accent lighting to spotlight specific places or products and draw attention, and use task lighting for specific functions, like adding extra light for paperwork or project work. Saving high-intensity light for special use looks professional and can save you money on the energy bills.

The best way to save money on lighting is to take advantage of natural light whenever possible—keep this in mind as early as the construction process, if you can. Other money-saving tips include using CFL bulbs and LED lights, using timers and looking into efficiency rebates offered by your company, energy provider or other party. And, of course, be sure to turn off lights when they are not necessary!

“There isn’t a blanket solution,” said Koehler about installing safe, functional and efficient lighting in commercial buildings. “That’s why walk-throughs are especially important—to figure out how best to address the needs of the building and the business.”

Contact a certified electrical contractor before installing or rewiring commercial lighting to ensure your design meets your needs. Use the directory on LightingtheQCA.com to find a contractor today!

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