Is Sustainable Lighting Right for Your Commercial Application?

By Jeff Brain | February 06, 2015

In the late 1800s, electric lighting was considered a progressive leap forward. Compared to oil lamps, electrical lighting was relatively convenient and safe. Now, we are beginning to see the negative impacts of earlier forms of electrical lighting, causing government authorities in the United States to outlaw incandescent bulb production. Today, companies must comply with building regulations which require them to use sustainable technology in their buildings. Many commercial and industrial facilities are choosing to install new sustainable lighting solutions in order to do this.

What is Sustainable Lighting?

Sustainable lighting is illumination derived from efficient, energy saving sources, minimizing your environmental impact. Being able to provide a high level of occupant satisfaction and  energy efficiency in a commercial space can have a significant impact on your company’s budget. If your company is considering an investment in sustainable lighting, your options include:

  • Daylighting or natural lighting methods like windows or skylights
  • LED light bulbs
  • Utilizing solar energy to power artificial lighting
  • Or lighting control systems, which reduce energy consumption

Is it Right for Your Commercial Application?

When deciding whether sustainable lighting is right for your building, consider the various purposes for interior lighting. What kind of problem does your company need to address with a new lighting design? Sustainable lighting is useful for numerous reasons:

  • Reduces utility expenses: One indication that sustainable lighting is the proper investment for your company is a need to reduce utility expenses. Electricity costs 62% more than it did 12 years ago. Because of this, sustainable lighting, which can potentially reduce your energy usage by up to 80%, is a great option when your company need to reduce utility expenses.
  • Lower energy consumption: Is your company looking to minimize your carbon footprint and the overall energy waste you contribute to the planet? Sustainable lighting sources such as LEDs and daylighting devices make it possible for you to lessen your reliance placed on electricity generated from fossil fuels.
  • Lighting renovations: If you have plans to renovate your application's lighting design, sustainable lighting, especially solutions that utilize daylighting or natural lighting methods, are a must. Not only will they provide a quicker return on investment when renovating, but they will likely qualify your company for government rebates or tax incentives as well as improve the quality of light within the building.
  • Lighting quality is poor: Does your building lack the quality of illumination needed for workers to perform optimally, or are you seeking to improve the space for higher customer satisfaction? Daylighting, which utilizes the sun’s natural rays for illumination, is a sustainable lighting option that will provide the quality and aesthetic enhancements you may be seeking.

Considerations for Your Commercial Application

Depending on the design and lighting requirements of your building, some sustainable lighting options may be better suited than others. For example, a building that only operates during daytime hours may be able to rely almost completely on daylighting methods. In contrast, a building that is in operation 24 hours per day may need to rely on a combination of skylights and LED lighting.

When you are evaluating sustainable lighting options, keep in mind specific factors that may limit the design possibilities in your commercial application, or, likewise, the factors that may work to your benefit. A quick return on investment as well as ongoing energy savings and proper functionality are all important for your bottom line.

The installation of sustainable lighting makes great sense for many applications including schools, hospitals, factories, warehouses, offices, retail stores, and more. At Ciralight Global, we manufacture one of the most advanced sustainable lighting products available, Ciralight SunTrackers.

Contact us today to learn more about Ciralight SunTrackers. We’ll help you select the best sustainable lighting product for your application.

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