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Energy Efficient Lighting and Why it is Important

Wanted to know energy-efficient lighting? Upgrade your lighting now and reduce energy consumption and save money at the same time.
September 21, 2021

Have you ever considered what an impact your lights have on your utility bills? How about the environment?

We all know that turning a light off when leaving a room will help conserve energy, but there are other ways to do the same.

Some technologies, like energy-efficient lighting, can help you be more efficient and they require no effort after they are installed.

Read on to learn more about energy-efficient lighting and why your home needs it!

Energy Expenditure With Normal Lighting

Your building needs good lighting to make it comfortable, safe, and functional. But, having adequate lighting does not mean you have to sacrifice efficiency.

Lighting accounts for about 9% of your electricity bill, which can increase with the size of the building. In fact, an average residential home has 67 light bulbs. On top of that, regular incandescent bulbs use about 25-80% more energy than energy-efficient lightbulbs.

Considering that most commercial properties are much larger than residential spaces, with a higher base rate, commercial businesses could be expending a lot more energy and costs than they realize.

Energy-efficient lighting systems passively conserve energy in homes and businesses.

So updating the lighting systems can allow home and property owners to save money on utility bills and help the environment, all without any ongoing effort.

How Energy-Efficient Lighting Conversion Can Do More For Your Home or Business

One of the more inexpensive ways to conserve energy is to upgrade to energy-efficient lighting. Adding energy-efficient lighting is quick and easy. It also modernizes your space and could connect you to the Internet of Things (IoT) and Smart Home technology.

Add some lighting controls, such as occupancy sensors or smart home devices, to increase your cost and energy efficiency. In fact, replacing just five lighting fixtures with energy-efficient lighting fixtures can help you save $75 a year in utilities, according to ENERGY STAR.

Installing energy-efficient lighting throughout your building is an excellent way to invest in your facility and save money in the long run.

Energy-saving lighting can also add security, create ambiance, and provide light for an office or workspace. These lights are available in many colors, and brightnesses, and typically last longer than the old bulbs (up to 25 times longer).

4 Major Reasons to Switch to Energy-Efficient Lighting

There are many benefits to switching to energy-efficient lighting, and here are a few:

1. Enhanced Lighting Quality:

Retrofitting your building to energy-efficient lighting can enhance and improve your light quality by focusing on areas with historically poor lighting.

With new technology, you can reduce light quality problems (which can pose a hazard sometimes) by enhancing color, increasing light output, minimizing flickering, and reducing glare.

2. Energy Savings:

You will immediately reap some benefits as soon as your outdated system is replaced with an energy-efficient one, including a reduction in your utility bills.

When you upgrade your lighting elements to more progressive and efficient technology, your retrofit will reduce your energy consumption, lower your energy bills, and improve light level and quality. Your building will have better lighting control, additional energy savings, and improved security.

3. Reduction in Maintenance:

This type of lighting is virtually free of maintenance. The longevity of lighting components has increased in recent years, which means that consumers will experience fewer failures and, therefore, more time between repairs or maintenance.

Lighting retrofits are usually replacing very outdated lighting fixtures and ensuring energy savings and that new technologies have improved quality.

4. Reduction in Carbon Footprint:

Electrical production and expenditure negatively impact the environment. Energy is produced in large energy production plants that release pollutants into the air.

These plants significantly impact acid rain, global warming, and other environmental considerations. When you consume less energy, you are contributing to reducing harmful emissions!

Professionally Retrofit Your Building to Energy-Efficient Lighting Systems

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One of the best ways that you can conserve energy in your building is to replace lightbulbs, but you can also change out the wiring, ballasts, and light fixtures.

This is good money sense. The improved lighting quality pays for itself in under seven years.

Trying to match existing fixtures and ballasts to energy-efficient lightbulbs can be difficult. Instead, you may need to buy new fixtures.

You should hire a professional electrician to replace your fixtures. This will ensure that your project is completed safely and are up to code.

You will also benefit from a reliable and high-quality system. Unless you yourself are trained or practiced in wiring, it’s best to go with a professional install for new light fixtures, ballasts, and bulbs.

When correctly installed, energy-efficient lighting can deliver reduced electricity demand and lower operating costs. You will also receive improved lighting quality, increased productivity, a lower carbon footprint, and superior light distribution. All of which are more than likely important to you.

Why Upgrade Your Lighting With Kleinknecht Electric Company

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Buildings should have their lighting upgraded to money and reduce energy demands.

There are a few reasons that you might also consider upgrading or need to upgrade your lighting:

  • Outdated Technology: There have been significant changes in lighting technology in recent years. Replacing your fixtures and lights will not only improve your efficiency, but you will also see an increase in the lifespan of your fixtures and their quality.
  • Excessive Lights: Many buildings have lights that are always on for safety purposes. Too many lighting components were installed at the original installation in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, and now are unnecessary. Installing motion sensors to trigger the lights to turn on is one way to retrofit them.
  • Under Maintained: Lights are often under-maintained. Dust, dirt, and debris can gather on them, leading to reduced efficiency and poor light quality.
  • Usage: If your building has a lighting system that must be kept on continuously, small changes will make significant gains.

Trust in Kleinknecht Electric Company. We are up to date on energy-efficient lighting and we understand the significant benefits your business can receive with improved lighting.

Our technicians are knowledgeable about best practices and are happy to work with you to answer any questions you have to make your building more energy-efficient. With an upgrade to energy efficiency, you will reduce your energy consumption and save money.

Contact Kleinknecht Electric Company here to discuss your electrical needs.

Kleinknecht Electric Company

19 West 44th Street Suite 500

New York, NY


(212) 728-1800


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