Lighting is one of the first things people notice about a business. In order to feel comfortable on your commercial property, adequate light levels must be maintained at all times of day. Things like color temperature, brightness, and placement of fixtures can have a significant impact on the way your business is perceived, as well as on the safety of your customers and employees.
If you are trying to create a safe environment for people, vehicles, and property, lighting should be at the top of your list. It is a fact people feel safer when an area is well lit. On top of feeling, some studies suggest newly installed lighting reduces crime in the area. Properly planned and installed LED lamps can reduce crime and accidents while making people feel safer in your garage or lot.
In the United States, a tremendous amount of electricity is used to power lighting each year. In fact, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates that in 2019, the U.S. residential and commercial sectors combined used about 216 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity for lighting. During the winter, owners of commercial spaces tend to use even more electricity, which they often see reflected in their energy bills.
Whether you are renovating your entire facility or retrofitting your existing fixtures, making a commercial lighting plan is an essential first step. There are a multitude of factors to consider, and there is no one-size-fits-all plan. Every individual space is different, and organizations have varying lighting needs.