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No one thinks about the lighting in their workplace. It’s just there, you take it for granted. You hit the switch and your lights burst into life with the required output to help you do your tasks.

However if you stop for a second and look up and around your building? How many lights and lighting types do you see? What about the car park outside your office? How many car park lamp posts and/or floodlights do you see? Are any of them unnecessary? Are there too many/too little? Is it too dark in some places?

There is a good chance that an electrical engineer or an electrical contractor designed the lighting system in your Office, Warehouse, Restaurant, your car park and the overhead lighting that you work under every day. There are some pretty good odds that show that person was not trained or certified specifically in lighting design/application, and especially not in energy efficient lighting design. So what are these electrical engineers and electrical contractors doing wrong?

Nothing Actually.

They are Installation and Maintenance professionals who are licensed experts in their trade. They know all about mains electrical design codes, installation requirements, and best practices. They know what they are doing. However, the problem isn’t with their ability to do the installation, it’s in what they don’t know about – Lighting Design and Efficiency.

As an example have a look at this picture. I took this picture at an Office in Windsor where I was attending an evening Business Networking event.

Exterior Lighting

Can You see What’s wrong with this photo?

There are LED Exterior Wall lights on the outside wall, shining down on the path. That sounds fine so far. However, there are also about a dozen metal halide uplights, shining up on the building too. So basically there are lights shining on lights. Why?

The problem with this is that the downlights are pretty much 100% useless. An electrical contractor decided that the building needed LED Downlights because thats what they felt that all Buildings need them and decided that they need to be installed. No one ever thought about whether or not they were needed.

To make matters worse, the quantity of Metal halide uplights are overkill – of course they were installed from both a security point but to also make the building look attractive at night, but there are just too many. Also if they been mounted further away from the wall, they would need only about 4 of those lights instead of the dozen that are fitted now.

Putting that into practice, that’s a 1/3 less fixtures, 1/3 less junction boxes, 1/3 less mountings, and 1/3 less ongoing maintenance. These professionals know electricity and they know a bit about lighting, but they are not trained to know about Energy efficiency.

To make matters worse these contractors didn’t bother to think about future ongoing maintenance or running cost issues caused by the Metal Halide lights they have specified specified. Well actually they have no financial reason to install a more expensive option, as they won’t be paying for the electricity bill. As I said earlier, the problem is what they don’t know about– Lighting Design and Efficiency .

Our Issue isn’t with electrical contractors – they’re just doing the job they have been asked to do.

Our Contractors are valued and trusted, especially as we partner with them every day to complete Installation, Upgrade and Refurbishment projects for our customers. But why do building owners, Building Occupiers, Main contractors, and architects hire them to specify lighting when it is obviously not their area of expertise?

Our employees know how to run cabling and connect switches and sockets, however we aren’t approved to do this kind of work; so because we’re not qualified to handle that responsibility even though we know how, we rely on our partner electrical contractors to execute the Installation part of the project they are experts in. Occasionally, we also get asked to do an entire electrical design for a new building. We would never think of taking this responsibility on ourselves. We always get in touch with our partner specialists to do that work.

Did these electrical contractors do anything wrong? No they just did what they were asked.

The point is that good lighting design on the beginning,–especially a design that thinks about running costs, maintenance costs, and light quality–can save thousands in construction costs, ongoing energy costs, and ongoing maintenance costs. The value of hiring a lighting contractor who is experienced in designing efficient lighting systems is worth every penny.

LED Professionals are specialists in the Design, Application, Supply and Installation of LED Lighting systems to Commercial and Industrial Premises covering both Internal and External Lighting systems. Would you like a No obligation initial discussion? Get in touch and start your Energy Saving Journey 0844 884 9564