Lighting has always been acknowledged to be the largest consumer of energy in commercial, institutional and industrial buildings. Even though these buildings are always built to allow penetration of natural light, they cannot function effectively without an effective lighting system. Putting in place an effective lighting maintenance system will help your lighting system reach its maximum potentials. Your lighting system needs to be regularly checked to ensure it is functioning at it highest potentials. Let’s compare lighting system maintenance to maintaining your car, the fact that you are able to get your car to move from point A to B does not translate to you having a healthy car.
That is how a lighting system works, without a lighting maintenance system in place, you will be unsure of the working condition of your lighting systems. With the increasing cost of energy, there is a need to put in place an lighting system maintenance program to works around energy saving and lighting controls. With a well-implemented lighting maintenance program, your building stands at a chance of cutting by at least 30% of its energy consumption. In putting in place a lighting maintenance system, there is a need to prioritize considering the availability of resources and manpower.
By understanding your priorities, you’ll be able to get the best out of your lighting maintenance program. At inception, you need to set goals by deciding what is to be achieved through the program. It could be to improve the lighting, maximize energy savings, achieve social responsibility or minimize energy costs. One maintenance strategy adopted by buildings in maintenance programs is group relamping with energy efficient lighting systems such as LED Lights. With group relamping, you are assured of a uniform appearance of the entire installation. As an electrical engineer, you should know that by involving group relamping in your lighting maintenance, there will be an increase in the life cycle of your control gear.
One mistake that often affects the energy efficiency levels of buildings is seeing lighting maintenance as a reactive task rather than a proactive action. With a plan in place, you are able to surmount challenges that are going to spring up during maintenance. Another essential maintenance task is adjusting and focusing on the lighting system. Perception of light cannot be ascertained without it beam on a surface. Tweak your LED Lights on wall surfaces, equipment, merchandise or whatever is intended to be featured.
One aspect of lighting maintenance often overlooked is the cleaning of the lighting system. Light bulbs are prone to the accumulation of dirt. This often has a reducing effect on the lighting fixtures. For indoor or office lighting, it is often the surface dirt that affects the output of the lighting. By dusting the lamps and the surfaces, there will be an increase in the output. This also involves the exterior lamps as it is also prone to foreign materials and dirt. In summary, lighting maintenance program is one proven strategy to get the best of your lighting system.