Take a targeted walk around your work place. Carry a copy of the floor plan or similar map along with you. Having something in your hand makes you look busy and avoid distraction. When you find lights that should be relocated or removed, you can mark the location on the drawing.
Focus on each light fixture as you come to it. Looking at them, one at a time, ask yourself can that one be done away with? Is it blocked, are there pipes or cables under it that make it ineffective? Has equipment been added near it making a shadow where there should be light?
During the construction of buildings, the lighting is one of the first items completed so other work can be finished with the help of illumination. As the years go by and the business evolves, additional equipment is installed and changes are made without changing the lighting layout. This often results in light fixture being located where light is not needed.
You may be surprised at the number of light fixtures that can be removed. The savings it two fold. The amount of electricity used is reduced and the maintenance effort is reduced.
Some lights are need but are ineffective at their present location. The light may be partially blocked or shadows thrown where direct lighting is needed. If you are not getting full value for the energy used, consider relocating the light fixture. It is better to spend money to relocate the light or change to a better design for that location than it is to continue to pay for light that is not giving you full value.
When adding up the cost savings for removing the excess lighting count the lamp wattage plus the watts consumed by the ballast.
Tip from the ENERGY BOOMER; take a few photographs of some of the blocked lights that are to be removed. Then present the cost savings and the photographs to get approval to proceed.
Click here for a free money saving report titled HOW SAVE MONEY ON YOUR NEXT HEATING BILL
If you enjoyed this post, then make sure you subscribe to my RSS Feed or the ENERGY BOOMER by email.