Lighting choices that will help save money

Lighting Choices That Can Save Your Business Money

Every business, large or small, is interested in the prospect of cutting costs and increasing profits. These days, there are all kinds of energy-saving products that help companies reduce wasteful spending practices, and in many cases, do their part for the environment at the same time.

If you work in the hospitality industry, you’ve no doubt considered upgrading to energy-efficient products like double-paned windows, AC units, and washing machines and dryers for linens, as well as other energy and water-saving appliances. These upgrades can save you tons on utility costs.

However, your commercial lighting choices could also provide you with a myriad of opportunities to save your business money, especially considering just how much interior lighting most hotels and other hospitality venues require. You may be turned off by the cost of energy-efficient light bulbs and fixtures, but after your initial purchase and a consultation with a professional lighting designer, you’ll be amazed by the savings you see.

There’s no need to pay through the nose for adequate hotel lighting. Here are a few lighting choices that could save your business money.

CFLs

There are a number of reasons why you might turn to compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) when your incandescent bulbs burn out. For one thing, CFLs are a lot more energy efficient, drawing only about a third of the energy of a traditional incandescent bulb.

Since these products have been around for a while now, the bulbs have improved and costs have come down significantly. They’ll still cost you more than incandescent bulbs up front, but with the energy savings you’ll quickly recoup your costs.

In addition, these bulbs fit into standard fixtures. Plus, they now come in a variety of wattage equivalents and color (or color temperature) options, and they last about 8-10 times as long as a regular incandescent bulb. As you can see, the savings rack up quickly.

The only potential downside of choosing CFLs for your hospitality lighting needs is that they can take a few minutes to “warm up”. When you flip them on, they will gradually brighten to their intended luminosity.

LEDs

If you enjoy the cost savings of CFLs, you’re really going to appreciate light emitting diodes, or LED light fixtures. It’s true that they are more expensive even than CFLs, but not by a huge amount anymore. Plus, there’s a lot to love about adding these bulbs to your lighting design.

For example, they only use about a tenth of the energy of incandescent bulbs, and they last as much as 20-25 times as long. Whereas an incandescent bulb might offer around 1,000 hours of illumination and a CFL will produce about 8,000-10,000 hours, an LED bulb generally lasts up to 25,000 hours, all while drawing the least amount of energy of any product on the market.

Even better, there are now LED products that fit in standard light fixtures, so you don’t even have to swap out hardware to enjoy more efficient and affordable hospitality lighting options. Plus, as with CFLs, manufacturers have started offering additional options for wattage equivalents and color temperature, so you don’t necessarily have to contend with overly bright or harsh lighting that could mar an otherwise welcoming and relaxing aesthetic.

Controls

Upgrading to all new lighting isn’t necessarily a cheap undertaking.  However, when you make the switch to modern, energy-efficient lighting options you stand to save a ton of money over time. This is true whether you ease into it with CFLs or you head straight for the gold standard with LEDs. Of course, in order to gain the most savings from your energy-efficient upgrades you must also address wasteful practices.

A professional lighting designer can not only help you to install appropriate lighting, but also create a plan for efficient usage. With smart products that allow you to control and adjust lighting remotely or from a centralized computer program, you should be able to change your usage to suit your needs.

Instead of having lighting on when there is plenty of natural light streaming into lobbies, ballrooms, and other common areas, you can program lights to turn off during daylight hours or even install lighting sensors to automate the process. With proper technology you can make the most of your energy-efficient lighting and save on utility bills for your business.