So where should your attention be when embarking on a lighting upgrade project?
Across our team’s 25+ years of industrial and commercial lighting experience, we’ve learned that so little attention is put into anything more than just the bottom line cost of the project.
This single-minded approach in building a successful lighting upgrade project results in subpar results that don’t reach project goals. From our observation, we’ll go so far as to say that many project creators do not have clearly defined project goals when creating their project.
Let us decode it for you.
To create a successful LED lighting upgrade project you should evaluate these points:
- Set Project Objectives: Define what “successful lighting upgrade project” is. Be specific. Consider how much energy you want saved, light levels you want delivered, rebate amount you want to receive, how long the payback period will be, etc.
- Apples to Apples Bid Comparison: DO NOT go with the lowest bidder without first providing each bidder with the exact same scope of work, project assumptions (hours of operation, kWh rate, existing fixture counts & wattages) and quality of product parameters.
- Decode the Warranty: Complete a warranty ‘deep-dive’. Understand what makes a ‘good warranty’ and insist that all products being specified meet or exceed that definition. Many warranties are vague and legally unenforceable. Not some, MANY.
- Product Vetting: Make sure all products specified have been through the Design Lights Consortium independent vetting process.
- Manufacturer Legitimacy: Ask for and collect detailed information of the manufacturers of the products you are buying, what makes them unique in the market and the history of their key officers, especially their R & D personnel.
- Lighting Design: Complete multiple lighting layouts of each space you are upgrading. By doing this you will assure the new products will not give light levels that are too bright that will cost more than necessary, or too dim and create a safety concern.
- Additional Saving Opportunities: Consider lighting controls. It’s as simple as adding automatic occupancy sensors to lighting compatible with your building management system to uncover additional savings and efficiency.
- Incentives, Incentives, Incentives: Study ALL available incentives, not just utility rebates.
As a reminder, Expert Lighting Group is an independent energy savings firm specializing in creating and implementing upgrade projects for both lighting and variable frequency drives.