Three Simple Lighting Tips For Commercial Spaces

Lighting counts for approximately 18 percent of utility costs in commercial buildings, which can be quite a bit of money. Fortunately, there are several things that you can do to lower your overall lighting costs — such as transitioning from fluorescent lighting to LED lighting. In addition to lowering your company's lighting costs, proper use of lighting can increase employee morale and productivity. Check out these tips to learn how to revamp your commercial lighting plan to benefit your business.

Balance Your Lighting

When creating a plan for your new commercial LED lighting, you need to make sure the lighting in your building is balanced in a way that saves you money and benefits specific sections of your building. Work with your electrician to divide the building into differently lighted spaces and include:

  • Task lighting so that your employees have enough lighting in dedicated work spaces to perform specific work tasks. Well-lit spaces help employees remain productive, but it's also costly to have an entire commercial space filled with the maximum amount of light. So create designated workspaces that are filled with light for your employees.
  • Ambient lighting should be used throughout the building with the exception of your dedicated workspaces. Ambient lighting isn't as bright as task lighting and doesn't use as much energy, so using it throughout your space will help control your lighting costs.
  • Accent lighting to highlight specific areas of your building as needed. For example, if you run a retail store and you'd like to highlight specific displays, accent lighting is a great option.

Choose the Right Light Fixtures

In addition to choosing the right type of lighting for your commercial space, you need to choose the right type of fixture.

  • Use direct light fixtures throughout the spaces that use ambient lighting. Direct light fixtures use reflective and mirrored surfaces to push as much light as possible into the space. This allows you to light the largest space possible with the least amount of lights.
  • Use indirect lighting fixtures in spaces that use task lighting. Indirect lighting fixtures are designed so they illuminate the top portion of the walls and the ceiling, keeping the space as bright as possible — which is needed to keep your employees productive.
  • If you have a retail space, use a combination of direct and indirect light fixtures. This illuminates the space with a minimal amount of glare, which will help create a positive shopping experience for your customers.

While choosing the lighting options for your commercial space may seem simple, it's important to have a plan in place that saves you money and keeps your employees happy and productive. So before you install your new commercial LED lighting, discuss all of your options with your electrician.