If you're the one in charge of developing a university lighting plan, you should perform a lighting audit before you begin. Performing a lighting audit will provide you important information such as repairs that are needed and a list of opportunities for overall improvements. A lighting audit also needs to take into consideration the operating costs of the system that is currently installed, which will help you design a system that will be more efficient to save on utility costs. We recommend that you let a professional lighting expert perform your audit for the most thorough review.
When the lighting audit is concluded, most locations would see a benefit from switching over outdated options like incandescent, halogen, or fluorescent to LED technology. LED lamps provide the best return on investment overall even though the initial upfront cost is more. An LED lamp is designed for longevity with a lifespan of up to 100,000 hours in certain models, which means you will not have to change bulbs as frequently. LED also offers a better lumen output to wattage consumed ratio, so it is more energy efficient overall, which helps to save on utility costs. LED is also environmentally friend, unlike comparative options that contain harmful mercury.
One of the best ways to ensure your lighting plan is effective for students and staff is to examine the color temperature of the lamps. We recommend the color temperature should be cool in areas where alertness is required such as classrooms, study areas, and libraries. Whereas, warmer temperatures are suitable for use in areas promoting a more relaxed vibe such as dining halls or lounge areas.
After making the switch to more efficient LED bulbs, you can install timers to also help improve the lighting in your location, which will help save even more on utility costs. Timers can be set to turn the lamps on and off at predetermined times of the day, helping to eliminate the possibility of lighting running when unnecessary. Another smart addition that is similar to timers, would be the use of occupancy sensors. Occupancy sensors are ideal for classrooms, where leaving a light on when the room is unoccupied is a common occurrence that wastes energy consumption.