Looking for Renovation Opportunities?

a guest post by Lisa J. Reed, Lighting Designer

Looking for Renovation Opportunities

Whether you are looking to lower the total cost of ownership for your own building, or you are an electrical contractor trying to drum up some new business, renovation opportunities represent dollars in your pocket. Lighting renovations are some of the easiest and lowest initial cost opportunities available.

Here are 5 key places to look for lighting renovation opportunities and 5 questions to ask while you’re at it.

Where to look:

  1. Inside – Interior lighting is the obvious place to look – and not just in the main spaces – remember restrooms, hallways, stairwells, and storage rooms, too!
  2. Outside – Don’t forget the outdoor lighting. There are plenty of chances to renovate parking lots or other exterior lighting, too.
  3. Lamps – Whether you are inside or outside, look at the lamps. Do you see T12 or T8 fluorescent? Any kind of incandescent? HID lamps? Any of these could represent a renovation opportunity.
  4. Fixtures – Don’t overlook the fixtures. Old fixtures may simply be due for replacement, but an upgrade in technology could improve the space and save energy.
  5. Controls – Use lighting controls to save money and energy by turning off the lights when no one is using them.

What to ask:

  1. Would you like to save money by reducing your electric bills?
    Because, really, who doesn’t want to save money?
  2. Would you like to save money by reducing your maintenance costs?
    In some spaces, there are secondary costs caused by doing maintenance, too. Think about a hospital patient room or a manufacturing facility. In spaces like those, lighting maintenance brings the process to a screeching halt.
  3. Are you satisfied with your existing light levels?
    It is surprising how often people feel like there is too much light in their space. Don’t assume that a renovation needs to provide the same light as before.
  4. Would you like to improve employee morale and productivity?
    There is a growing body of research to back the claim that improved lighting also improves morale and productivity.
  5. Would you like to improve safety and security?
    Sometimes, security is all about perception. Good lighting can help.

Think about ways to apply these opportunities to specific applications, such as schools, commercial and industrial spaces. Renovation opportunities are all around you – just look!

Lisa J Reed photo - Lighting Blog

Lisa J. Reed has been attracted to lighting (like a moth to a flame) for 20+ years. She is the Founding Principal at Envision Lighting Design, LLC in St. Louis, where she designs, teaches, and writes about architectural lighting.


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