- by Bryan Veldboom - updated on 12/16/2021
A quick question for business owners; do you know what accounts for the largest percentage of your electrical spending? The answer might surprise you. Lighting represents the largest single use of electricity in offices, warehouses and other commercial spaces. If you're looking to reduce your energy costs, Batteries Plus can help by providing you with more efficient lighting options.
When it comes to cutting your energy costs, you obviously can't just use less lighting. That would be counterproductive and, in many cases, dangerous. So, how can you reduce the cost of lighting? While you can't use less lighting, you can switch to a more efficient type of lighting.
LEDs are the most energy-efficient light bulbs on the market, using considerably less electricity than other light bulbs. For instance, a 14 watt LED lamp can provide around 60% of the illumination of a 32 watt fluorescent equivalent. That's a reduction of 18 watts in energy usage, resulting in a lifetime energy savings of approximately $98.99 per bulb.
In addition, the lumen output of an LED bulb degrades much slower than a fluorescent bulb, which means your LED brightness will last longer. Plus, LED bulbs can last more than 10 years before they need to be replaced. That means you'll be replacing them far less often, saving your company maintenance time as well as money.
Switching to LED lighting is a great way to save on energy costs, but while some types of LED tubes can work with your existing lighting system, others require you to convert your facility's lighting to accept LED bulbs. Otherwise you can damage your system's ballasts and shorten the lifespan of your light bulbs. The process of converting your facility's lighting is known as an LED retrofit.
Batteries Plus can help guide you through the retrofitting process. One of our representatives will tour your facility, either in-person or virtually, to help identify ways you can improve your lighting systems, then pass those suggestions on to you. We can also help your business take advantage of money-saving rebate programs offered by utility companies and state governments. Learn more about upgrading your facility's lighting, including testimonials of businesses we've helped in the past.
In addition to upgrading to more efficient lighting, there are a number of additional ways to help cut down on your lighting usage. While it's never wise to reduce the amount of lighting in your facility, you can ensure that lights are only being used when necessary. Installing a control system with motion sensing technology can help reduce electrical consumption by switching off lights in areas that are not being used.
Solar powered, Dusk to Dawn, and time controlled lighting are all great solutions for exterior and parking lot areas. Solar powered lights collect solar energy during daylight hours, which is used to power them once the sun goes down. Dusk to Dawn options use a photocell to turn lights on automatically once the sun goes down, while time controlled lights allow you to program a lighting schedule to fit your business' needs.
Are you interested in consolidating your power and lighting purchases under a single vendor? Do you need a partner to help you upgrade your facility's lighting? How about a way to recycle your old batteries and light bulbs? Good news, those are just a few of the many benefits you'll receive when you sign up for a free business account . Other perks include discount volume pricing, customizable shipping options, as well as a dedicated advisor who is there to answer all of your energy and lighting-related questions.
Not interested in opening an account, but still need help finding items your normal supplier can't get? No problem. Our experts would be happy to provide you with a quote .