Emergency lighting is necessary for all kinds of commercial and public buildings. However, the operational costs, however small they seem, do add up over time.
Your first responsibility as a property owner should be to ensure the comfort and safety of your building’s occupants, but you’ll also be concerned with optimising the efficiency of your lighting so that you can make savings wherever you can.
Not only is high-efficiency lighting kinder to the environment, it’s also better for your budget. If you haven’t researched ways to improve the efficiency of your emergency lighting yet, now is the time to start.
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Many emergency lighting applications use traditional fluorescent, halogen or incandescent lamps, which are both expensive to run and detrimental to the environment because they use (and waste) more energy than LEDs.
Converting to modern lighting will save your business a substantial amount of money each year on running and maintenance costs.
With this in mind, here are some tips to reduce the cost and environmental impact of your emergency lighting.
Choose low power, high efficiency models
When performing your risk assessment, consider the inflow and outflow of people to your business and how much emergency lighting you actually need.
It can be tempting to try and save money by opting for standard grade, poorly lit safety signs – especially if you think your building is relatively low-risk – but it is your organisation’s responsibility to be prepared for all eventualities.
There are strict regulatory requirements for emergency lighting in the UK, so you must make sure your business is compliant.
Low-power, high-efficiency lighting should always be used over traditional models.
In some instances, glow-in-the-dark (photoluminescent) applications may provide enough light for simple signage without the need for electrical illumination, but you should always consult an expert on this.
When it comes to powered signs, LEDs offer high energy-efficiency operation and long lamp life.
What’s more, most LED emergency lighting features a back-up battery system that provides two or more hours of illumination should the power go out.
Switch to LED bulbs
The fastest, most effective way to save on your energy bills is to switch to LED lighting.
LED lighting products use up to 90% less energy than incandescent lighting and 60% less than fluorescent lighting, so they are bound to make your business a significant cost saving.
To get more exact, recent research into this area concluded that an LED lamp costs just one tenth of the price of an incandescent or halogen lamp over the course of the year, once you do the maths.
LED emergency lighting might be more expensive to buy initially, but these lamps are reducing in price all the time. What’s more, the money you will save on your energy bills will recoup the extra bulb costs in a matter of months.
LEDs have a number of other benefits worth exploring too, including:
- Lights come on instantly without flickering (which is imperative in any emergency situation)
- LEDs generate little to no heat and are brighter than halogen and CFL lamps.
- LED lamps and luminaires also boast a lifespan of between 25,000 – 50,000 hours, which compared to the 1,500 hours offered by incandescent lamps amounts to quite a saving.
Work with professionals
Business and commercial property owners are responsible for preparing building risk assessments, procuring a lighting installer and maintaining lighting in accordance with their instructions.
If you’re using a designer (say, for the lighting systems in a new building) then this person is also responsible for acting according to your risk assessment. Therefore, it’s vital that you choose a qualified lighting and installation expert to test and commission your emergency lighting.
Not only is working with the right professionals vital for the safety of your emergency lighting, it will also determine its efficiency. You can work with your designer, for example, to find attractive emergency lighting that meets UK regulations and saves you money.
Most lighting manufacturers and installers use environmentally-friendly methods and materials, but you will need to emphasise that running costs and environmental impact are important factors for your business and installation.
Emergency lighting: how to convert for better efficiency
When converting your emergency lighting applications, it’s important to keep your building’s safety at the forefront of your mind. Recent trends to cut costs, such as isolating the mains supply to LED drivers, could add an additional point of failure and make your emergency lighting unsafe. Therefore, it’s important to consult with a lighting expert before you make any major changes.
Here at Mount Lighting, we provide a professional emergency lighting conversion service. We are experts in the electrical trade who provide commercial lighting products and services to businesses across the UK.
Whether you want to switch to LED lighting, are looking to upgrade to more efficient, dimmable solutions, or you’re looking to implement emergency lighting for the first time, we can help.
For more information, contact us today.