Lighting Retrofit & Design
Did you know that those lights burning overhead likely account for as much as 60 percent of your energy bill? Not only are you paying like crazy to keep all those lights cooking, but all that light creates extra heat, which you then may be compensating for with additional air conditioning. According to the EPA, improving your lighting system with a lighting retrofit is one of the best ways to increase the efficiency of your buildings. It’s also proven to save you considerable money over the long haul.
What Is A Lighting Retrofit?
A lighting retrofit is the process of replacing part or all of an electrical system with lighting and controls that make it use energy more efficiently. This is something that we’ve found growing interest in among our clients each and every year we’ve been in business. Not only do businesses want this upgrade to use energy more efficiently, to save money, and to help the environment, but we find that many wear energy efficiency like a badge of honor, and use it as a selling point. In addition, some utilities will offer you a rebate, rewarding you for lower energy consumption. Maximizing energy efficiency is a win-win for most businesses, and we love making it happen for companies around Nashville.
How Does A Professional Lighting Retrofit And Design Save Me Money?
The simple fact is that you can save money on your energy bill one of two ways—either by reducing the hours of operation or reducing the input wattage. The great thing about Schaffhouser Electric’s lighting retrofit and design services is that we do both, maximizing your savings and providing you with the most energy efficient system possible.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, lighting represents 30 to 50 percent of the energy used in most commercial facilities. The good news is that lighting is the easiest and least expensive thing to upgrade. Although there are some retrofitting measures you can take on your own, a strategic approach by a professional will yield the most dramatic savings.
What Occurs During A Lighting Retrofit?
Your lighting retrofit may include any or all of the following:
- Analysis of and reduction of cost of overhead lighting
- Removal of lamps and ballasts
- Delamping, which is the process of testing the luminosity of your space and determining if it’s brighter than it needs to be, while still providing maximum safety and efficiency
- Replacement of T12 bulbs with T8 bulbs, which are narrower and more energy-efficient
- Analysis of and reduction of hours of operation using innovative controls
- Analysis of and reduction of costs of outdoor signage, exterior, and parking garage lighting
- Analysis of and reduction of cost of holiday lighting
We know that as a business owner or the head of a household, you’ll be interested to see what your Return on Investment will look like after a retrofit. The team at Schaffhouser Electric will be able to give you a good idea of how much money you will save annually, by assessing how much energy your household or your company uses now and estimating how much it would use after a professional lighting retrofit. If desirable, we can present you with a number of upgrade solutions to best suit your budget and targeted ROI.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please give us a call at 615-325-8082, or request an estimate or make an inquiry.