5 Questions to Help Ease the Switch to LED Lighting in Your Commercial Office

Considering that traditional lighting accounts for about 85 percent of overall commercial energy costs, it is no surprise that energy savings are often top of mind for many businesses. Switching your office over to energy efficient lighting is a logical way to reduce these costs, but where do you begin? How do you know if LED bulbs are right for you? Asking the right questions can help switching to LED lighting in your commercial office go as smoothly as possible.

  1. How Much Money Will You Save?

In general, moving from traditional fluorescent lighting to LED bulbs deliver a 50-70 percent wattage savings. Depending on the size of the building and the amount of lighting fixtures, your new LED lights begin to pay off at different rates.

  1. How Difficult Is Maintenance?

With an average lifespan of 50,000 hours compared to 30,000 for fluorescent bulbs, LED lights can save you time as well as money. Because these bulbs last considerably longer than fluorescents, you need to change the bulbs less frequently.

  1. How Visually Appealing Is LED Lighting Compared to Other Bulbs?

The high color quality of LED lighting allows for a lot of flexibility in where lighting can be placed as well as how it can affect spaces. Offices and commercial businesses can benefit greatly from this flexibility, as can restaurants and retailers.

  1. How Environmentally Friendly Are LED Lights Really?

Along with the cost-savings benefits, LED lights do not contain mercury and do not need to be recycled. This can also help companies gain Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design points. LEED certification offers a range of benefits from better recruitment to energy and cost savings.

  1. Should You Switch Over Gradually or All at Once? 

Depending on the size of your office and your budget, you may want to consider slowly implementing LED lighting into your space. Updating areas that are difficult to reach or tricky to maintain is a great place to start, since these products need to be changed less frequently than fluorescent bulbs.

There is a lot to consider when switching over, but it doesn’t have to be an overwhelming experience. For more information on implementing LED lighting in your business, contact NextGen – 301-804-2986.

2 Ways to Save Energy and Money When Maintaining Office Buildings

Years ago, the traditional office building typically operated from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with weekends and holidays off. The maintenance needs of such a building included nightly and weekly cleaning with normal upkeep of machines, furniture, and supplies. In contrast, many of today’s modern office buildings are expected to run around the clock with minimal down time. This high usage leads to different maintenance needs. If you’ve been tasked with trying to keep up with the maintenance needs of your office, here are two ways to save energy and money.

Install LED Lighting
While light emitting diode (LED) lights cost more to purchase upfront, over time they save a significant amount of energy and money. The traditional incandescent light bulb uses more than 20-25% more energy than an LED light bulb. Incandescent light bulbs also burn out faster than their LED counterparts. By switching to LED bulbs, you’ll be changing lights much less frequently than incandescent light bulbs – LED light bulbs last 25 times longer.

There is an abundance of lighting options in the LED applications. Whether you’re looking for traditional 40W, 60W, or 75W bulbs or something more specific like desk lamps or recessed fixtures, there are LED alternatives available.

Use Automatic Lighting Features
Another great way to decrease the amount of money and energy used to maintain your office building is to install LED lights with special features such as motion sensors. In a busy office setting, employees rarely take the time to consider turning off lights when leaving a room. This leads to wasted energy and increased costs. Fortunately, there are LED lights available that have motion sensors or automatic features that turn off lights when they’re not needed. This is a great way to extend the life of your light bulbs and save operating costs.

There are numerous options available when it comes to lighting your building. In order to determine the best options for your building and how to save money when it comes to lighting, contact the professionals at NextGen LED at 301-804-2986.

2 Unique Ways LEDs Outshine the Competition

2 Unique Ways LEDs Outshine the Competition

With lighting accounting for about 18 percent of energy usage in commercial buildings, commercial property management professionals are turning to LED lighting. With bulbs that can last more than 10 years compared to incandescent bulbs, and less wasted energy, LEDs save money significantly. Imagine- less changing lightbulbs!

These are the characteristics of LEDs that everyone is talking about. But, LEDs are efficient beyond the inherent energy-saving abilities of the bulbs themselves. Read on about some of the other ways LEDs reduce operating expenses.

Smart Technology

LEDs help decrease the operating costs for exterior lighting systems by turning off or dimming lights when sensors indicate that the area is unoccupied. This is tremendously beneficial in regard to walkways, parking lots and garages of commercial buildings, some of which may not see any activity on weekends or holidays. Municipalities can also benefit from the lower monthly budget that accompanies the reduction in street light output.
Daylight sensors contribute to more efficient energy output by dimming lighting in commercial buildings when there is sufficient natural light, even during high traffic times. This technology gives LEDs the ability to provide optimal lighting in addition to conserving energy and money.

Surprising Advances

At the present time, LED lighting is the technology with the greatest potential to reduce energy consumption on a global scale in the future. It is so promising, it has become the driving force behind solid-state lighting, a new field of technology.
Researchers are working with LEDs and similar types of lighting in the development of luminaires that use solid objects, (rather than filaments, plasma or gas) to emit light. This is a potential game changer, as it will further encourage general-use application for products in this category.

NextGen serves as your energy management partner by starting with a complimentary whole-building energy audit, and ultimately providing a turnkey energy savings solution. Call NextGen LED today at 301-804-2986.