There are many options these days for lighting your workspace. While a well-lit workspace is beneficial for the productivity of your employees, providing the lighting may not be as beneficial for your electric bill, or the earth. Luckily there are some options.
Of course the best way to light your space is to take advantage of natural sunlight. Try to ensure everyone has at least a view of a window. Upgrading office lighting to LED fixtures is a worthy investment. LED bulbs can last 10 times longer than fluorescent and 50 times longer than incandescent. Though the upfront investment of each bulb is higher, it will quickly pay for itself in terms of energy savings and less frequent bulb changes.
Another way to recoup some savings is to install dimmers onto some fixtures. For example spot lighting in a showroom is great to highlight your products and services, but perhaps you could dim those fixtures without taking away the distinction. Hallways and customer waiting rooms are other areas where you could dim lights slightly without impacting the ambience.
In areas such as restrooms and break rooms, occupancy sensors can be installed to control the lighting so that these rooms are not lit needlessly when no one is using them. For example, if break rooms are used primarily between the hours of 11-1, why pay to keep the lights on during the rest of the day? An occupancy sensor will turn lights off after roughly 7 minutes if no movement has been detected, and will turn the lights back on when someone enters the room for their afternoon trip to the vending machine.
The occupancy sensor can also be used in offices and workstations. Many times people leave their desks for a meeting or lunch and don’t think to switch off their personal tasklight. Those meetings could cause several hours of lamps needlessly burning up energy. Manufacturers of personal tasklights, such as Steelcase and Lightcorp, are creating personal fixtures with built in occupancy sensors. Steelcase’s dash fixture also has a continuous dimming control from 100% to 15%.
By adapting even small changes to the way you access lighting in your building, you should be able to change your lighting footprint. Employees will be more productive with the correct amount and type of lighting, and energy can be saved by putting these tips to use.