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Condominium property owners and community managers are required to provide adequate lighting for tenant safety. Good lighting is important for any living space and can greatly improve the overall look and feel of a multi-family property. A poorly lit condominium community is less likely to look inviting to potential tenants and can give way to the occurrence of crime and accidents. Additionally, commercial property owners can save significant amounts of money on energy costs by upgrading their lighting schemes to long-lasting LEDs. At Bay Lighting, we offer comprehensive condominium lighting installation and maintenance services for complexes throughout Maryland and the Washington, D.C. area.

Partnering With HOAs – From Property Managers To Boards

Similar to homeowners, condominium owners take pride in their residence. This pride extends past the interior of their unit. Owners want their shared spaces to look nice as they are an extension of their home; therefore, it is absolutely critical for owners and their designated liaison to work together on their exterior and interior common area lighting for the benefit of an owner’s investment, pride, and homeowners’ association (HOA) fees. After all, common area energy savings can directly benefit the community’s monthly HOA fees.
At Bay Lighting, our lighting specialists have worked with project management companies, condo boards, HOAs, building engineers, and site owners to ensure a streamlined installation process that accomplishes the group’s goals. When a community representative reaches out to Bay Lighting, they will have already met with the larger group and will have done initial homework. This homework may include:
  • What is your main reason and what are your secondary reasons for installing new lighting?
  • What lighting do you currently have installed? The type of technology (ex. Fluorescent) is important, too.
  • Are all lights working? Is electricity to those lights operating?
  • What is your budget?
  • When would you like to begin this project?
  • Pictures of the area and existing fixtures are also helpful in some situations.

Information is especially important when working with a board that meets monthly. Plan ahead and have your community’s information ready to begin conversations with a lighting specialist.

Turn-Key LED Lighting Projects at Condominium Properties

Condo owners rely upon property management, or their board, when it comes to maintaining adequate lighting. Proper illumination is important to maintain a safe and inviting environment. Management should discuss their property’s lighting annually to stay on top of the safety aspect, in addition to considering sustainability and energy savings. During our onsite assessment, our specialist will look for:
What is the condition and cleanliness of your fixtures? Are they pleasing to the eye?

Common
Areas

Hallways, Lobbies, Stairwells, Storage Areas
Are there dark corners or below ground levels that aren’t receiving enough light?

Exterior

Walkways, Entrances, Parking Areas
As we walk the hallways, are they properly and consistently illuminated?

Specialty
Areas

Playgrounds, Tennis Courts, Pools

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    Pillars of a Success – Condominium Lighting

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    Pillar 1: Optimal Lighting

    Apartment complexes may have numerous common areas, both interior and exterior. Attention to lighting details is required in all situations. Optimal lighting can make paint colors vibrant, create a soothing welcome upon entering, and brighten intimidating basement storage areas. Lighting carries a lot of responsibility

    Pillar 2: Energy Efficiency

    Upgrading your existing apartment lights to LED fixtures is a great way to reduce energy costs. It is estimated that by 2035, LED lighting will have saved around $890 billion in avoided energy costs. They last longer, provide high-quality illumination, and do not use heat or mercury, making them a safer choice. Sensors and dimmers can be used to ensure that lights are being used, and at the right level, when necessary, which is especially convenient for areas like stairwells.

    Pillar 3: Reduced Operations Costs

    Long-lasting LED eliminates the amount of lamp changes needed. Lifts and special equipment can also be minimized which is another huge savings that’s avoided.

    LED Technology

    LED bulbs provide clearer lighting and use a lot less energy than traditional bulbs. This makes them a great choice for multifamily commercial properties. They are safer, since they do not use heat to operate, which reduces any hazards associated with breakage. CFLs and other bulbs contain mercury, which can be harmful to tenants and need to be disposed of in a specific way. LED bulbs last 50,000 hours on average. Therefore, they don’t need to be changed very often, which can help cut back on labor and materials costs.

    Life Safety

    Life safety products are important at multi-family properties to keep visitors and guests safe. In common areas, emergency lights and exit signs should be tested and maintained. LED opportunities are also available with these products for extra energy savings.

    Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are often the responsibility of each unit’s owner and are purchased accordingly. At times, management may initiate purchasing a bulk purchase for all units. With 10-year alarms lasting for so long, it’s reassuring for neighbors in close proximity to know all units are utilizing best practices for multi-family life safety.

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