This is the first in a series of posts about lighting maintenance.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, lighting accounts for an estimated 20 percent of the total energy used in commercial buildings.
More often than not, many buildings do not have a detailed lighting maintenance policy other than replacing burned-out bulbs. Poor lighting maintenance can lead to visual degradation, reduce worker productivity, and contribute to higher energy costs.
Having an effective lighting maintenance policy includes having written procedures, training, management oversight, and inventory control.
Principles of Lighting Maintenance
A cost-effective way to reduce the overall cost of lighting is proper maintenance, which is often overlooked. Lighting levels tend to decrease over time because of aging light fixtures and gathering dust and film on lamps. This can reduce the total illumination by up to 50 percent.
Avoid adding extra wattage, fixtures, and energy costs by performing these basic maintenance strategies:
Second part of this blog series: Lighting Maintenance Policy
Source: Ameren Missouri