Lighting maintenance should be treated the same as maintaining something like a car – it’s better to be proactive than reactive. In most cases, the approach – especially in commercial spaces – takes on the latter. Light fixtures are left to build up dirt and dust instead of being regularly cleaned to allow for better light, and defective parts are only replaced after they break. This lack of maintenance results in extra labor, energy, and time costs – and if you add that up for an entire building or office space, it can end up being rather significant.
Deciding to schedule it for your commercial space means you can make sure you’re looking after your lighting system, and optimizing your lighting performance throughout the entire building. Let’s take a deeper look into the basics of lighting maintenance, why it’s important, and what plan you should have in place.
The basic definition of lighting maintenance is the general upkeep, replacement, or updating of your lighting system. This includes having a checklist and maintaining things such as: cleaning fixtures and lamps, replacing bulbs and lenses, as well as cleaning and repainting rooms to allow for better light reflection.
Scheduled or regular lighting maintenance is so important as it plays a major role in reducing energy usage. Recent statistics released by The U.S. Department of Energy stated that lighting accounts for at least 20% of the total energy usage in commercial spaces.
In addition to this, poor lighting maintenance can have an effect on employees and can result in:
The fact is that all lighting systems will experience a performance deterioration over time, and so ongoing maintenance is needed. As the amount of useful light that is distributed by your lighting system decreases, the wattage is staying the same, which results in energy being wasted. Having regular and scheduled lighting maintenance for your commercial space is an effective way to make sure your lighting system is performing optimally and there is minimal energy being wasted.
An effective lighting maintenance plan can often include things such as: scheduling, inventory control, and policies.
In addition to a maintenance schedule, many plans include a policy that serve as a guideline to optimize your lighting system throughout the year, in-between scheduled maintenance visits.
At Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric, our seasoned electricians, with over 30 years of experience, would be happy to discuss and evaluate your lighting maintenance needs. Our experts can share their industry experience and knowledge to educate you on the opportunities to reduce your energy costs and provide the optimal lighting system experience.
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