Proper lighting sets the tone of any room or building; in order for commercial facilities to stay competitive and attract new business, they must have lighting that offers comfort and aesthetic appeal, but with form and function. According to the Department of Energy, commercial facilities have high energy needs. Even so, it doesn’t mean you have to skimp on lighting appeal just to save money. In fact, to effectively curb the necessary costs, Innovative Maintenance Solutions offers you several energy-saving solutions to help you maintain a professional, safe, and secure atmosphere in which to conduct business.
With our monthly lighting maintenance program, we can routinely: review and inspect, install, repair, clean, replace, convert, wire and rewire, and dispose of bulbs, poles, fixtures, signs, lamps, ballasts, controls, and other components both inside and outside of your facility.
Inspections and Repairs
Preventative maintenance is key to avoid wasting energy. We will inspect all lighting systems regardless of their age, conduct lighting audits, and match energy-efficient bulbs to the best suited fixtures you are using to help balance out the costs of their constant use; and by regularly monitoring performance, Innovative Maintenance Solutions can make repairs at the first signs of issues, thus keeping you from unexpected outages.
The most common problems associated with lighting include: bulb and lamp burn out, socket corrosion, and water damage to connectors and fixtures. Upon replacing bulbs and their parts, we will then recycle and dispose of them in compliance with safety regulations.
The most effective lighting is light-emitting diodes (LEDs), using the least amount of heat (energy), compared to compact florescent lights (CFLs), and incandescent bulbs. Rather than “burning out” like CFLs and incandescent bulbs, LEDs simply need to be replaced once their output decreases 30%. For this reason, LEDs do not overheat, making them ideal for long-term use. How do the bulbs stack up? As the simplest form of saving you money, The Department of Energy estimates in their 2-hour per day test study, that per bulb, LEDs have a general “life span” average of 25,000 hours at the annual cost of $1 in energy; vs. CFLs of 10,000 hours at $1.20; and incandescent bulbs of 1,500 hours, for $4.80, or $3.50 for energy-saving incandescent bulbs. This means that for every ONE LED, it will take the equivalent of 2-3 CFLs or a minimum of 25 incandescents!
Knowing which fixture works best with the type of bulb you choose has a great effect on the longevity of the bulb, as well as the fixture, and the cost for repairing or replacing either of them.
Lighting controls, such as with dimmers, sensors, and timers are another way to save money on your lighting maintenance program. Dimming lights decreases their output and wattage, stretching out their use; sensors enable lights to remain on or off with the detection of motion, occupancy, or the presence of (sun)light, particularly in rest rooms or in the form of outdoor security lights; and timers can be set to specific times.