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Lighting


  • Consider upgrading equipment - replacing older lighting systems can save up to 30 percent or more on your lighting expenses.
  • Encourage employees to turn off lights when leaving a room or when not in use.
  • Replace incandescent light bulbs used for task lighting with ENERGY STAR® qualified compact fluorescent bulbs. Compact fluorescent bulbs use up to 75 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs.
  • Put a regular maintenance plan in place to replace all bulbs at once when they are about 70 percent of their life. This can help reduce maintenance costs by more than 25 percent and let you take advantage of bulk pricing for an even greater savings.
  • Install dimmer or occupancy switches where appropriate to lower energy use, such as in stairwells, copy rooms and restrooms.
  • Use task lighting to directly illuminate work areas.
  • Lower the height of light fixtures if possible to increase usable light.
  • Use the natural lighting in a room allows you to turn off (or turn down) artificial lights and helps you save energy - and lower energy costs.
  • Paint dark walls and ceilings with lighter colors to maximize the effect of existing light sources.
  • Schedule janitorial services during the day, or use a minimum number of lights when cleaning.
  • Install time clocks or photoelectric cells to control exterior lighting, advertising sign lighting and some interior lighting.