September 22, 2023

Battery Usage in Commercial Buildings

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Batteries play a crucial role in powering nearly all devices we depend on throughout our lives. And, as we shift to more sustainable future driven by electricity, batteries are becoming more important than ever.

Scientists are working to improve battery technology (like making them more efficient at charging and staying charged, more sustainable to source and produce, and able to hold more energy to power devices), and the demand for batteries is increasing rapidly. New types of batteries are being developed and growing in popularity.

Batteries are important when it comes to apartment and commercial building maintenance and keeping tenants safe and happy. Read on to learn more about battery usage in commercial buildings.

Importance of Batteries for Powering Devices

  • Batteries are expected to play significant role in the transition to clean energy, primarily due to their ability to store excess energy generated by wind and solar power during highly productive hours.
  • They can serve as a backup in the event of outage, so we can rely on the devices that keep us safe and functioning.
  • Plus, they are cost-effective, long lasting, low maintenance, especially compared to other power source alternatives.

Common Battery Types and Uses

Entrance Lock/Push Button Keypad in Apartments and Hotels

Electronic entrance locks and push button keypads use both electronic and mechanical locking mechanisms and provide increased security. Instead of using a key, you can lock or unlock using multi-digit code.

These devices are typically powered by either one 9V or multiple AA or AAA batteries. While they usually also come with key mechanisms in case you forget the code or the battery dies, it’s important to have reliable batteries as these devices are only as effective as the batteries that power them.

Emergency Lighting

Emergency lights are required to have some kind of backup in the event of a power outage, and batteries can be that option. Batteries are long lasting and can operate in the event of an emergency when other systems may fail, while helping to ensure the safety of all occupants.

Smoke Alarms

People should be using the 10-year smoke alarms with built-in batteries, eliminating the need for 9V replacements. Regardless, it’s important to check the batteries in smoke detectors at least twice a year to ensure the alarm is working properly in the event of a fire.

Remote Controls

There are several types of remotes that can be found in apartment and commercial buildings, such as for ceiling fans, thermostats, TVs, projectors, and more. Each of these remotes may take different types of batteries, and it’s important to have reliable batteries to operate them (since without it, the remotes are not functional).

Battery Options for Commercial Properties

Custom Battery Packs

Custom battery packs can be made in bulk based on your specific needs, helping to save you money. You can order different battery sizes including AA, AAA, C, D, 9V, and Lantern.

An example of a custom battery pack you can order is the Energizer Industrial. These batteries hold power for up to 10 years in storage, protect devices from leakage, and provide long-lasting power for all devices.

LED Batteries

Many apartment and commercial buildings are transitioning to LED lighting. LED lighting has a longer lifetime and is more energy-efficient, saving you money in the long-term, and they produce less heat and are more environmentally friendly.

Some types of LED lighting, like LED strip lighting, are battery-operated. These batteries are smaller and don’t require as much power, so they often last longer. Strip lighting can be used under cabinets, in closets and workshops, as accent lighting, task lighting, and more.

Battery Maintenance and Safety

One of the most important components is proper storage of batteries. Keep batteries in a dry and well-ventilated place at room temperature. New and used batteries should be stored separately and out of reach of children.

Additionally, while batteries can be stored side by side, if there are button cells it’s important to take extra precautions. Store button cells on a strip of adhesive tape to eliminate the risk of short circuit and cover the poles of 4.5V and 9V batteries with a piece of tape.

It’s also important to establish replacement schedules for different devices. Make a list of the different devices that require batteries and what type of battery they have, and check with the battery manufacturer to learn how long those batteries last and how often you should check them. This is especially critical for safety devices like smoke alarms and emergency lighting.

Recycling batteries is crucial for both environmental and safety reasons. When batteries, especially larger size D batteries and above, are disposed of improperly, they can leak harmful chemicals into the soil and water, posing a threat to wildlife and ecosystems. By recycling batteries, we can minimize these environmental risks and reduce the demand for raw materials used in battery production, ultimately conserving valuable resources.

Bay Lighting is your trusted partner in sustainable battery disposal and recycling. We specialize in handling size D batteries and above, making it convenient and hassle-free for businesses and individuals to responsibly recycle these larger batteries. 

Finally, educate residents and occupants about battery safety. Batteries can be a fire risk when over-charged, short-circuited, submerged in water, or otherwise damaged. They also shouldn’t be disposed of in the household trash can. Share resources for local recycling programs or other tips for proper storage and disposal.


Batteries can have a significant impact on apartment utility costs and your environmental footprint. Plus, there are a variety of ways batteries are used in apartments and other commercial properties, from remote control devices to emergency lighting. Properly storing and using batteries can help ensure they operate at the highest function and safely disposing of them can reduce the risk of fire and injury.

Bay Lighting provides commercial lighting solutions in Maryland, Washington DC, and Northern Virginia. We are also your local commercial property battery experts. Contact us today to get a free lighting audit or learn about how we can help support your battery needs.

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