Evaluating Lighting System Designs and Installations for Commercial Building

One thing that's clear today is the pressing need to have a reliable electrical energy supply. It is necessary for ensuring a comfortable life in commercial setups. Certainly, the commercial side accounts for a significant portion of electrical consumption considering the hours spent in offices and production facilities. The tail end of this consumption happens through lighting fixtures. They represent a large end-use of electrical usage, making them an area of focus when electricians want to save electricity. In this piece, you will learn how electricians figure out designs and installations to enable you to reduce usage. Keep reading for more insight:

Start with Project Requirements

It is essential to engage electricians when doing the first set of electrical fittings in your building. When you involve them at this stage, they easily envision your needs and come up with practical owner's project requirements (OPRs). The OPRs form the basis of the project expectation and enable the electrician to come up with metrics such as the materials to use, training requirements for end-users, sustainability goals, energy efficiency objectives and lifecycle costs for the project.  

Lighting Levels

Part of the design and installation elements involves balancing light levels in the whole commercial space. For instance, lighting meant for a retail display space will differ from that of a designated boardroom. The electricians can use special software to compute the lighting levels for each space, using techniques such as the maximum to minimum and average to minimum ratios of lighting level. The result is the installation of balanced fixtures with the right watt-to-light output for every section of your space.

Some electricians go as far as incorporating software that can maintain the fixture's lighting lumens rather than the stock lumens that fluctuate as time goes.

Lighting Temperature

One of the elements mentioned under OPRs touches on the materials used in your electrical installations. Lately, many people favour the installation of light-emitting diode (LED) lighting in commercial spaces. Their longevity, low maintenance and declining purchase cost all point to an excellent purchase decision for any consumer. However, making the most of these LEDs calls for a delicate balance of light temperature by the installation team.

Ideally, LEDs will save you the highest amount of energy when set at high light temperature. The electrician must also ensure that the cabling connecting the electrical supplies to the LED lights can support the required light temperatures.

For more information, contact an electrician near you.