Being a manager or owner of a warehouse, you know that the lighting system (or at least hopefully you know) can play a large role in how well your facility operates as a whole. The most common reason for putting off the investment in a new lighting system is because of the capital required, but hopefully by the end of this you will be convinced that LED is a far superior technology in tons of ways.
Lower energy consumption, no more flickering or buzzing, and higher quality of light. All of which are just a few of the great reasons on why LED technology fits perfectly in a warehouse environment. By using less energy, you have less monthly overhead. By having higher quality of light, you produce better work environments to get tasks done.
We mention all of these things that LED can solve... But can LED seriously fix these issues? In short, yes they can. But we are going to go over each of the points we mentioned a bit more in detail below so you can be fully assured that this in fact possible to achieve through a LED warehouse lighting system in place.
Now… Let’s start covering each of the things we briefly mentioned above in more detail and exactly why they are important to be in place at your warehouse.
Light of low quality. LED can be considered as a “quality” light in various ways. For starts, it could be considered as quality for the fact that is depreciates much slower (and lesser overall). What this means (lumen depreciation) is that over the life of a light, the amount of light output it loses will be much less than a competing light technology would have, such as metal halide for example.
Secondly, LED offers a wider range of color temperature options which gives it a competitive advantage of being better to suit more people's needs, in all different types of environments.
Lastly, a great thing about LED fixtures is that they last longer, a lot longer. In fact, compared to some technologies they could last 2-3 times longer; which is a great benefit for obvious reasons. By reducing the amount of times you need to replace burnt out lights, you not only reduce the amount of times you need to buy new replacement luminaires, but also a reduction in the amount of time you need to pay someone to replace those lights.
Flickering lights. Technologies that are typically susceptible to flickering are luminaries such as metal halide, high pressure sodium (HPS), fluorescent, and other high-intensity discharge lights. Flickering can easily cause stress on eyes, reduce attention, and even increase irritability; all of which have no room for a workplace especially of a warehouse.
Since LED technology is made in a way that flickering of the lamp will never happen (and no, not even near the end of its lifespan), you will never again encounter this issue in your lighting system. So, if you find flickering lights to be a major issue at your facility then a simple upgrade will get rid of it for good.
Buzzing. Buzzing goes along with flickering, it in susceptible in those other outdated technologies, but not with LED. Buzzing can cause the same issues (minus eye strain) that flickering will to workers and visitors of your warehouse. By upgrading to LED fixtures in your warehouse, you will be able to get rid of buzzing lights from ever occurring in your facility.
Excessive energy consumption. One of the biggest reasons why people are converting to LED is because of the energy saving benefits.
What if you could reduce the energy costs associated with your lighting system by up to 75%? Would you switch then? Probably, especially when you gain all of the above benefits all while producing a positive ROI over a few years.
Types of fixtures commonly found in warehouses:
To better research the replacement of your lighting fixtures, you should know the terminology of the most common types of fixtures that are used in such facilities. Here is a list of the most common lights you will find...
As a manager or even owner of a warehouse, it is your responsibility to ensure that operations of your facility run at full capacity in every aspect.
By analyzing and upgrading your lighting system to a better technology, you will realize just that; better operations in your warehouse. Don’t let your processes and operations fall behind because of a bad lighting system, take note and take appropriate action to address it!
Within plants and facilities that deal with the creation of any consumables, the guidelines these types of facilities must meet are much more strict than a “typical” factory that does not produce consumables.
Just from a simply search you can find dozens of pieces on food safety guidelines in processing plants, and they aren’t joking. If you don’t follow these guidelines your facility could be in jeopardy if not corrected. On top of that, liabilities can occur from having an improper system in place to prevent bacteria and other harmful agitators in a food processing plant type environment.
In this post we are going to be talking about the lighting system within a food processing plant. With this we many talk about food grade lighting, and what the best technology is to choose for a food plant. Because while there are many options, from LED, metal halide, HPS, and more; only one comes out on top and that one is LED technology. LED fixtures will bring you energy reductions, rebates, higher quality of light, and many more key benefits that are specifically beneficial to food plants (and other buildings) of industrial size.
In this PDF, they talk about many things you must consider when producing food or beverage. Lighting is mentioned, mostly talking about the quality of light and having adequate illumination for safety and consistency purposes.
In regards to food grade lighting, which this post is all about, we need to consider proper illumination along with proper fixtures built for the job. Food grade lights need to also be watertight, which will allow for proper cleaning that they require.
When buying fixtures for your food grade building, you need to ensure they are DLC qualified. This basically means they’ve passed tests for efficiency and quality, and will ensure that you will get a quality light that does what they say. On top of that, when you buy DLC qualified you are eligible for rebates through the utility company you use (typically) which will allow you to reduce your lighting upgrade costs.
Enough about that, let’s get into why exactly LED technology is the lighting source you want to choose for your industrial food facility.
Reduce your energy consumption. If you currently have luminaire technology such as metal halide or High Pressure Sodium, you could be saving a TON by making the switch over to LED. Depending on what you switch away from and what you switch to (varies company to company), you could realize a reduction in lighting energy consumption by up to 75%! That is a lot of energy that is reduced, and this is one of the main reasons buildings are making the switch
Choose quality. Although this isn’t specific to LED technology specifically, when you make the upgrade you want to ensure you purchase quality food processing lighting fixtures. Buying a system that is of quality will ensure you get a lighting system that is going to last and produce the greatest return on investment you can.
Longer lifespan. A longer lifespan means you can less frequently shut down the line of production to replace burnt out lights. This allows you to miss out on less production, and miss out on more re-buying of replacement lights. On top of this, less replacing means you can reduce the maintenance cost associated with switching out burnt out lights. Think, a lot of food processor buildings have high ceilings, and switching out all of those lights every 2-3 years can get pricey. Instead with LED, you can increase the lightspan by 2-3 times, allowing you to realize all of the benefits that come along with a longer lifespan lighting system.
Rebates. Like we discussed before, buying a lighting fixture that is qualified by the DLC (or DesignLights Consortium) you are eligible for rebates through your utility company. This will allow for a greater ROI.
That just about wraps it up, the basics of food processing plant lighting and what you need to know in regards of the best lighting source technology to install for next time when you need to switch out the lights again.
Stop opting in for low quality lighting and choose a better technology like LED. On top, don’t cheap out and buy low quality fixtures, it will only cost you much more in the long run and will never produce any sort of ROI overtime. It will only cost you, so make the switch!
Fragile environments like a correctional facility and prisons are always focused on security, and you can’t blame them. But at the same time the security of a facility is bound to it’s budget restraints, and while lighting may not be on the op of a correctional facility manager’s mind, it might be after this article.
It’s a fact: LED is the only true viable option for a correctional facilities lighting system. Any other technology is just sub par, especially in prison environments, and don’t meet the expectations that LED fixture do. The lighting in a prison needs to be top notch, near flawless, and most importantly; increase security, not decrease it.
Here is some of the ways LED technology is far superior than metal halide, fluorescent, and really any other lighting technology you may find in your prison:
All of these traits that LED products can bring to your correctional facility are exclusive to LED technology, and simply aren’t the case when it comes to other technologies.
And without a doubt, these benefits sound awesome, right? Reduced costs and increased security, what else could a prison or jail ask for? Not much, and it may seem too good to be true, but we assure that it is the truth.
A proper correctional lighting system needs to have all of these qualities, otherwise you jeopardize the integrity and safety of your staff, inmates, visitors, and even property. Let’s talk about a few more of these points that LED technology can and will bring to you prison facility by converting and making the switch.
Reduced energy costs through higher efficiency. Since LED technology is so efficient, by switching away from technology like metal halide you could realize a 50-75% decrease in lighting energy costs. If you switch out fluorescent lights to LED, you can still realize around a 30% decrease in energy costs associated with your lights. For this reason alone it is a major justification for many facilities to make the switch in it of itself, let alone all of the other added benefits that LED will bring to your buildings.
No more flickering of buzzing. These things can cause two MAJOR issues: increased stress and decreased security. How so? Let’s go over both.
If you’ve ever been around flickering or buzzing lights for even just a few minutes, you know how annoying and distracting it can be. Imagine living around this 24/7, 365. It increases stress for inmates, and decreases focus for staff; a combination that doesn’t mix well.
As for flickering, it decreases the ease of seeing movement. This allows for more movement to go unnoticed, which of course is not good in a correctional building. With LED you will be able to get rid of both of these major issues as the technology will never flicker or buzz, not even nearing the end of its lifespan.
Much longer lifespan. The longer the lifespan, the less often you have to switch out lights. With LED, you can reduce the amount of maintenance on your lights by 2-3 times. This not only allows you to reduce risk from inmates from frequent light changes, but it also reduce maintenance costs overall which is another way to reduce your overhead expenses.
Dimmable and motion sensors. Being able to efficiently and cheapy dim lights in our facility will allow you to put your luminaires at the exact output that you like. And for areas that you want to have light when there is movement, but not when no one is in the room, motion sensors for your LED fixtures are the perfect option.
Both of these things are available with some other technologies, but they often aren’t as efficient, reduce lifespan of the fixtures, and can even get costly to do. With LED you can easily do it, cheaply do it, not reduce the light sources lifespan, and do all of this while maintaining a efficient light fixture.
As you can see, we’ve only covered just a few of the true benefits that LED prison lights can bring to your facility. But from just these reasons alone, you might have a better outlook on your lighting system and where you want to go with it.
Next time, or even now, you want to consider your lighting system and how to go about solving your lighting issues; consider LED to do the job. They offer all the requirements that prisons need, all while saving the facility money month to month, producing a positive ROI. What else could you want?
There are various amounts of lighting options for a warehouse, many of which has the same flaws. Such as inefficient, low quality, cost you more money than a lighting system should, and more. All of these are common with technologies such as metal halide, high pressure sodium, and more; but these two are most common.
A solution to those issues, and more, is found with high bay LED (light-emitting diode) lights. These resolve many issues such as high operating costs, low quality light, and more. And high bays aren’t only used in warehouses but really anywhere that has ceilings around 15 feet or higher. High bay fixtures are made to illuminate these types of places that have high ceilings which include warehouses, gymnasiums, loading docks, and other commercial / industrial spaces which have high ceilings.
Enough talk about how LED high bays are the far superior option for you facilities high ceiling lighting system. Let’s show some proof on how a high bay LED system will far surpass any other technology.
1. The energy savings. Although the cost to invest in an LED system for your warehouse may cost a bit more in initial costs, the energy savings that high bay LEDs will bring upon installation will offset that cost over time and actually provide a positive return on investment. Due to metal halide and HPS high bays being so inefficient and outdated, by switching over to LED you could realize a 50% or more savings in energy costs associated with running your lights. This can prove the provide a superb ROI, especially since LEDs last much longer; which brings us to our next point.
2. A Longer lifespan. With a LED having a longer lifespan than competing luminaire technologies by 3-4 times, you will be able to use up that energy savings just that much longer. This also allows less maintenance costs associated with switching out burned out bulbs, which can make the investment even that much more worth it. This is especially true for warehouses with very high ceilings because switching out bulbs at such height can get expensive, and quickly.
So what does longer lifespan for your lighting system bring to your facility? Less purchasing of replacement lights, lowered maintenance costs, and more time to use up those energy savings that LED brings which allows you to generate a very good ROI.
3. They turn on instantly. Older technologies that require a warm up and restrike time are annoying, cost time, and time is money. With LED there is no warm up period when you flip the switch, once you turn on your lights they are on at full capacity. This allows for many different things, like motion detection activation sensors which can turn on and off your lights depending on if there is activity in the area or not. This can provide tremendous energy savings especially when you have a large warehouse that isn’t all being used all of the time. And instead of switching on and off your lights once you are using the area, this ability to install sensors improves productivity and efficiency in the workplace. No more waiting for your high bays to warm up when you switch over to LED!
4. High CRI with LED. The Color Rendering Index (or CRI) is a measurement of light, 0 to 100, with the higher the rating the higher the color rendering ability. With LED, you typically have a higher CRI rating which allows for better lighting in your facility overall with a much greater color rendering ability open for you.
5. LED will never flicker or buzz. Has your warehouse ever experienced complaints about flickering or buzzing then you surely don’t have an LED high bay system in place. Because the thing with LED is that they will never buzz, and they will never flicker; no matter what. Even if they are nearing the end of their lifespan they simply will never be vulnerable to these two downfalls with lighting fixtures. Unlike LED, metal halide and HPS lights are susceptible to these two things at really any point in their lifespan, which can prove to cause stress and reduce productivity in the workplace, both of which you seriously want to avoid, right?!
We have listed 5 huge advantages that a LED high bay lighting system will bring to your facility by making the switch away from other older technologies. From energy reductions to high quality of light, the benefits that LED can and will bring to your warehouse facility will surely outweigh any doubts you may have of the upgrade.
Wondering what you can do next for your facilities lighting system? Learn more, discover more, and find out what will work best for your warehouse. Don’t let your lighting system affect your bottom line, fix it and improve on it!
For years people have assumed that fluorescent tubes, whether it be T8 or T5 and so on, were the best option to go with. They are popular and highly known to be efficient, and while it is true that they are probably the best runner up, they do not surpass LED T8’s and their efficiency. Not only are LED tubes more efficient, but they offer many more benefits that make them even that much more of a better option over fluorescent tubes.
In this piece, we are going to be covering why you need to at the very least ,consider LED T8’s over fluorescents. From the benefits of LED to why fluorescents aren’t as good as you once thought; you will discover the true benefit that you will gain by upgrading to LED technology in your building when it comes time to buy new tubes.
So all of this talk about LED vs fluorescents sounds good and all, but what are the actual and proven benefit of LED over fluorescent tubes? Here we list nearly every reason LED is the winner by far, and hopefully it will sway you to making the switch, and start benefiting from the benefits it will bring to your building.
Mercury free. Unlike fluorescents which contain the toxic chemical mercury that we are all aware can cause issues if exposed to it; LED technology does not need and thus does not have any sort of harmful chemical like mercury in it. This allows for safer clean up if a bulb ever does break, which can help you avoid any type of liabilities you may incur because of damage a broken fluorescent may cause to a visitor or employee!
More efficient. While fluorescents are more efficient than other technologies and they definitely are a qualifier for second place, LED is 30-40% more efficient than fluorescent lighting. By switching away from fluorescent T8 tubes over to LED T8 tubes, you will be able to get in on these energy savings and produce an ROI that you wouldn’t be able to with fluorescent fixtures.
Better dimming. It’s true, fluorescents can be dimmed. But, fluorescents are expensive to dim and they dim poorly. This makes it almost near illogical to get fluorescent tubes and dim them. If you want to be able to dim your lights affordably and effectively, LED tubes (and LED fixtures in general) will allow you to do so.
Longer life. LED has a staggering lifespan of, on average, 50,000 hours for your typically LED T8 tube. While the competing technology fluorescent only lasts for around 30,000 hours on average. This will allow less frequent purchasing of new tubes to replace burnt out ones. On top of that, less maintenance costs because you won’t have to pay someone as often to be switching burnt out lights since they will typically last longer.
Optionally shatterproof. Unlike fluorescent tubes, LED tubes offer the option of either glass or plastic tubing. By choosing the plastic option, you opt-in for a shatterproof tube that won’t break if handled improperly. With fluorescents, you do not have this option as they are always made of glass tubing.
Directional lighting. By choosing a fixture that has directional lighting, you are able to get the light where you want it exactly. With LED, you can achieve this which allows you to light where you want to light and not elsewhere. Whereas with fluorescents, it is multidirectional and you cannot naturally (without the help of reflectors) point the light directly where you wish for it to go. This will allow you to buy less tubes and save money because you won’t need excess lighting to compensate for the multi directional lighting that fluorescents provide.
Quality. LEDs will never buzz or flicker, which fluorescent lighting is susceptible to. Even when an LED tube is nearly the end of its life, it will never flicker or dim. If this is causing issues in your building, as it can cause stress and annoyance, an LED option will prove to get rid of the issue forever.
From quality of light to no toxic chemicals in T8 LED tubes, the benefits LED tubes can bring to your building are obvious and far surpass any type of benefit that a fluorescent tube can bring to your workplace.
Opt-in for the benefits that LED will bring to your building by making the choice to go forward with the conversion away from fluorescents over to LED. You will be applauded for doing so that’s for sure!
The importance of a quality lighting system in any application, scenario, or environment in a necessity for your lighting system. But when it comes to harsh environments and conditions that require vapor tight lighting, the importance of those lighting fixtures to be of quality is even that much more great.
First we must understand what vapor tight lighting fixtures are, and then we can move onto what qualifies a quality vapor tight lighting products vs a bad one and the importance of obtaining this definition of quality pertaining to vapor tight lighting.
What is vapor tight lighting?
In simple terms it is a light fixture that blocks out and resists against dust, dirt, and moisture. This is a huge part of lighting systems inside building that process food, or have dirty environments. They are also commonly used outdoors to resist harsh conditions produced by the natural environment.
To clarify one common misconception, there is a difference between vapor tight and vapor proof fixtures. Vapor proof, as we’ve discussed, blocks out dirt, dust, and moisture. While vapor proof resists hazardous fumes and gases that may affect a lights functionality and integrity. So while they are both have similar or relatable purposes, they are different are used in entirely different scenarios. This post we will be discussing vapor tight lights, not proof.
What Defines “Good” Vapor Tight Lighting?
To qualify good vapor tight lights, we need to look at all aspects of the light, including its purpose. From efficiency, to functionality, all of these things will define a quality light that is made for resisting dust and water from affecting its functionality.
Here are those main things you must be able to look at and decide whether a potential light fits you standards, starting with its efficiency:
Quality is efficient. In most cases, if not all, LED is one of the most efficient lighting technologies around. And since vapor tight LED fixtures are readily available and on the market, you have the option to choose this technology for your vapor tight needs. Quality throughout the LED product world can vary greatly. It all comes down to one thing, and one thing only; lumens per watt. The more lumens per watt you have, the less watts you need to produce the same amount of light compared to a less-efficient fixture that produces at lesser lumens per watt.
It won’t break. This is especially important for highly fragile environments that require vapor tight lighting fixtures to be installed; inside or out of your facility. Fixtures that are of low quality won’t be as tough against the elements of the environment that it is in, and if it breaks; there goes your entire investment. And who’s to stay that a cheaper fixture won’t break a week into using it? There is no guarantee and if you don’t watch who you buy from; you could be out of your entire investment.
Quality lasts longer. Not only with a quality fixture last longer in the sense that it is less susceptible to break, but they last longer in the literal sense of the light sources lifespan. LED lights are known to last 2 to 3 times longer than other technologies, which proves it to be a much better technology in this area (and almost all areas).
What is The Importance of “Good” Vapor Tight Lighting?
So the big question is, what exactly is the importance of getting good and quality vapor tights installed in your facility? The importance is obvious and it’s that you gain all of the benefits that quality lighting will bring you, as listed above and even more.
With anything you buy, quality is something you don’t want to cheap out on. Think about it, would you cheap out on your new car purchase? Probably not as much as a lot of companies are doing when it comes to their lighting systems. Don’t fall victim of falling for a cheaper initial investment just for lights; instead think of it as an investment that will pay back dividends (and then some). Once you and your company looks at it like an investment, you will open your eyes up to the benefits of quality LED vapor tights will bring to your facility and all of it’s lighting fixtures.
The integrity of your light system cannot be diminished just by a poor investment in low quality lighting. The benefits of quality LEDs are there, all of which will reduce costs, improve safety, and create an overall better environment for everyone (for both people and the actual environment).
For anyone that works in a prison or jail facility you know that security and safety of everyone within those walls is practically the number one priority.
There are so many aspects of security in a jail from the doors and locks, to fences and barbed wire, to staff, all the way up to lighting. Literally everything can do either one of two things; increase security or decrease it. While if you aren’t careful you may be installing something that causes security to actually increase overall rather than decrease. In this piece, we are going to discuss how you can increase your jail security with just your lighting system by itself.
We are not only going to discuss how it will improve safety and security but also some other major key points that will make the switch more reasonable when it comes to costs.
Increasing Security With Proper Jail Lighting Systems
Less Stress. This is both important for inmates as well as staff. With stressed inmates you can produce environments in which the majority are stressed and there’s not much you’ll be able to do about that. As for the staff; having a staff that is stressed will allow for flaws in your direct supervision efforts and monitoring. It’s vital to keep inmates at bay by reducing stress along with keeping staff on full alert 24/7 while on the job actively.
Higher Morales. We all know a boost is overall morales in any place can be beneficial. This point goes along with the previous, a higher quality lighting system will decrease stress and boost morales. But how exactly is this possible?
Consider this; do you have low quality lighting in your facility? Do any lights flicker or buzz? If the answer is yes; then you are putting more stress and lowering morales in your facility just by the lighting being like this. With LED (which is always the recommended choice of lighting for prisons), they will never buzz and never flicker even if they get near the end of their lifespan. This will allow you to keep stress lowered and boost morales overall. And although this type of environment is always stressful, it’s just one more way you can cut back even if it's just a little. You’ve got to remember; this environment is very fragile and dangerous so it’s better off to make the investment than to suffer higher costs through security measures.
Higher Quality of Light. LED not only doesn’t flicker or buzz, but it generally offers better lighting quality overall. On top of overall general quality, LEDs don’t suffer from lumen depreciation as much as other lights like metal halide does. This allows for the proper and near perfect lumen (light) output in and out of your facility throughout your lighting fixtures lifespan.
Decrease The Costs of Your Prison Lighting Upgrade
Now we are going to go over some key and major costs decreasing benefits that a proper LED jail lighting systems can bring to your facility. In turn, this will help you gain approval for an upgrade in your lighting system throughout your facility.
Lower Lighting Costs by up to 75%. Metal halide lights that are replaced with LED technology is known to lower lighting costs by 50% all the way up to 75%. This can prove to literally save your correctional facilities bottom line and save your complex money. This is one of the biggest reasons prison complexes make the investment in LED fixtures and convert over from metal halide and similar lighting technologies.
Lower Initial Investment with Rebates. Qualified LED products that are qualified by the DLC are often eligible for rebates from your utility company. This can prove to reduce your lighting upgrade investment costs and make the upgrade that much more feasible. Depending on how many lights you have, this can seriously save you a lot of money and produce an even faster return on investment for your facility.
Increase Lifespan. An increase in lighting lifespan by 2-3 or even 4 times can allow for both decrease costs and increased security. It decreases costs because you don’t need to keep buying new bulbs as well as you don’t need to pay someone as much to replace or maintain your lighting fixtures. For security; lighting is all over your complex and fixing them can prove to be difficult; especially when your jail complex is large. By making the switch to LED, you will realize an increase in lighting lifespan by 2-4 times which will increase the bottom line, increase security, and just another major reason to make the switch for your facilities lighting situation.
Picking the proper wall pack lighting is crucial when it comes to your lighting for industrial purposes. From energy savings, quality of light, to lumens per watt; ensuring your educated before purchasing is huge in business.
This post is going to help ensure you that you have the proper knowledge and facts it takes to make a proper decision in regards to your commercial wall pack lighting needs. Let’s start off with a very important initial starting point that you must be aware of over everything else, and that is which technology you plan to go with.
1) Deciding on the technology to be used. There are several technologies when it comes to lighting, but more specifically when it comes to wallpacks LED and High Pressure Sodium (or HPS) lights are most commonly used.
When it comes to considering the most efficient and higher quality wall pack systems, LED is the clear winner for some obvious winners. The produce more lumens / watt, they produce higher quality and wider ranges of light, and they typically last 50%+ longer.
The only downside to LEDs over HPS is the fact that LED is a larger upfront investment. So while a HPS might be 50% cheaper to invest in initially, they will cost you more in the long run. If you want to make a sound and solid investment in your wall lighting fixtures; LED will prove to outperform any other technology including HPS and Metal Halide (another common commercial light).
2) Discovering your current wall pack technology. If you are wanting to invest in new industrial wall packs because your old ones simply aren’t working at a capacity to you or your buildings liking; finding out which technology you currently use is highly important. If you currently use HPS or Metal Halide, this is a surefire reason to make the switch away from those technologies over to LED. Almost always your wall packs will be either HPS or MH fixtures; so if you experience issues with them, whether it be buzzing, flickering, or just very low lumen output; LED won’t even produce these types of issues.
3) Do you want entirely new fixtures or simply bulb replacement. In the world of lighting we have two options when it comes to replacing a fixture: either full replacement or something we call a light retrofit. A full replacement is simple, it requires an entire replacement of both the light source and the fixture it resides in. A retrofit is basically a replacement of just the light itself and not the fixture it’s contained in. The only reason to fully replace is if you want a newer look, your fixtures are broken, or you simply want brand new fixtures in place. If you don’t have these issues, you will find cost savings by just retrofitting your existing fixtures. The cost is lower because you are only replacing the light source itself, not the entire fixture.
4) Buy DLC qualified products for greater savings. By buying products that are DesignLights Qualified, you open yourself up to greater savings through rebates from your local utilities company. While these rebate opportunities greatly vary company to company; if you buy a product that is either DLC standard or premium, you are highly likely to receive some sort of rebate. On top of that; buying a DLC qualified product means it’s passed tests and is of high quality. So for the rebate or not, you probably want to buy DLC qualified products simply based on the fact that they have passed 3rd party testing.
These tips have been provided in hopes that you, as either a facility manager, building owner, or even a manager will now be able to make a very educated purchasing decision in regards to exterior wall pack lighting purchases.
If you want to make the proper decision, go through these tips a few times, review them, and make the proper considerations as to which technology and solution you plan to go with when it comes time to make a purchase for your company. Don’t get caught up with the wrong products, at the wrong price, with the wrong technology.
As a facility manager that has a parking garage: whether it be for a mall, in the city, or really anywhere we all know that security can be an issue. It’s hard to keep everywhere lit, especially with outdated lighting fixtures. On top of that; it’s seemingly impossible to have cameras everywhere at all times.
Also; all of the lighting indoor parking garages need to light everything up can get costly on your utility bills. What’s the solution to both security and decreasing costs in your parking garage is a huge mystery to some; but we’ve got a solution.
The solution that will allow you to increase security while decreasing costs requires nothing more than an upgrade to good parking garage lights which is typically LED technology. A lot of places currently use metal halide, HPS, or fluorescent fixtures to light their garages but they are eating at your energy bill and not producing the quality of light that you could be getting with LED (for cheaper!). As you can imagine, any cost saving strategy is highly valued with businesses. If you’ve been on the search for ways to reduce costs in your building, this is a surefire way to do so (upgrading your lighting system). Their will be an investment, but we think the reasons listed here are highly beneficial if you are willing to invest now for reward later.
Here’s how quality LED parking garage lighting systems can improve your facility with both increased security and reduced energy costs related to your lighting fixtures:
More quality lighting produced. LEDs are known for their flexibility in color temperatures; which allows you to select the most optimal lighting temperature for your garage. They are also known for producing high quality light that far surpases other light sources. Quality of light is paramount in regards to safety because without it, it’s harder to identify people by both your security team and cameras. In a low light area, cameras simply don’t work as well with capturing people's faces as they do in high lighting levels, it’s just a fact. By allow more light in both lumens and quality into your facility you are reducing risk of crime in your garage by allowing less spots for hiding and easier identification by both people and cameras.
Rewarded with great ROI. Although LEDs do cost a bit more to purchase initially; you will realize a significant ROI over the years. The typically ROI period for commercial customers is around 24 to 36 months. Typically around this time people report an ROI, and since LED fixtures can last many years after this the savings are immense compared to other technologies.
Higher appeal to visitors. Have you ever had people complain because of either dim, flickering, or buzzing lighting at your park garage? If so, you most likely have HPS or metal halide technology in place which are all susceptible to these things. LED on the other hand will never incur these features even near the end of their life span. Flickering and buzzing lights can cause extreme irritation even just after a few minutes of being exposed to them. For workers or security teams this can cause loads of stress that could easily be avoided with an LED system in place. Increase your building / business curb appeal; you might see even more benefits than you could predict!
Lighting energy usage reduction. If you decide to make the switch to LED from MH or HPS; you could see a decrease in lighting energy usage by 50% or even more. This goes back to the great ROI you will get from investing in LED. This makes your bottom line better off than it was before which is highly important. And the longer you have your lights on per day, the faster you will see that ROI we were talking about.
As you can see from all of these points listed here; the endless benefits of LED far surpass any non-existent benefits of old technologies like metal halide, HPS, or fluorescent. LED systems not only reduce costs, but they increase security of both your property and staff / visitors. Safety is important, so is the bottom line. Stop overpaying every month on your facilities energy bill and start saving. Become a part of the green movement and make the switch!