A Guide to Energy-Efficient Office Lighting

Office lighting systems are a dominant user of electrical energy and a source of internal heat that often needs to be removed from the space. Modern energy-efficient lamps, luminaires (fittings) and controls can often reduce energy consumption by up to 50%. Specifying a well-controlled, high quality, energy-efficient lighting system that can take advantage of available natural light can provide an effective and comfortable working environment for occupants.

Offices can be cellular or open-plan and the tasks carried out can have very different lighting requirements. However, following some essential guidelines can deliver effective lighting solutions that also minimize energy consumption.

A guide to energy efficient office lighting

Update Overhead Lighting

Need of the hour is to update your old fluorescent and incandescent lighting from the large overhead fixtures. However, it is a proven fact that fluorescent bulbs do consume less energy than incandescent, but they fail to match the energy savings of LEDs.

LED fixtures uses almost 80 percent less energy than traditional light sources and last much longer too. To substitute large fluorescent troffers, you can use LED light panels, which will work just as well and use only a fraction of the energy. Highly recommendable option will be to swap you T5, T8 fluorescent tubes with LED light fixtures, which will have high impact on energy savings and light quality.
Additionally, they also produce virtually no heat. The less heat being produced in the building, the less you will be blasting the air conditioning to try to balance the temperature. They are also available in color temperatures ranging from warm white to stark white to accommodate your particular preference.

Efficient Accent Lighting

Accentuate your company logo using track light or for stylish flair in your conference room use wall scones, most offices are using some form of accent lighting. We are living in a technologically advanced age where LED has potentially replaced all the traditional light fixtures with their acumen of various color temperatures, lumen outputs and energy saving capabilities. If your wall sconces use incandescent, switch them out for LED GU 5.3 bulbs. The same goes for MR16 track lights or your recessed downlights – the possibilities are endless!

Control the Lights

Installing motion sensors in the areas of the building that do not require constant lighting, such as restrooms, break rooms, or supply closets is a convenient way to monitor the amount of light being used. To curb electricity use and extending the life of your office lighting you could also install a dimmer switch to customize the lighting levels.

Low-Wattage Signs

In lighting designs of any commercial building, safety lighting, such as emergency and exit signs, is the most imperative. These signs use energy 24/7, so why not switch to exit signs that use as little as possible. LED exit signs can last up to 25 years and come in an array of designs that will complement the design of your office space. An even more energy-efficient efficient option is photo luminescent exit signs. These signs do not require any electricity use and recharge when exposed to external light sources.