According to the EPA, lighting accounts for 30-40% of the energy consumed in the typical commercial building.
Efficient, appropriate lighting is a major factor in all successful and cost-effective facilities. Upgraded, energy efficient lighting systems can reduce excess heat and energy use and can improve lighting quality, thereby increasing occupant comfort and productivity.
But with all the types of lighting and lighting technologies out there, how do facility professionals choose the correct fixtures, bulbs, and arrangements? One approach requires a thorough and accurate assessment of building occupant needs as they fit into the confines of the facility's budget.
In addition, the proper selection of lighting entails knowledge of lighting system characteristics, as well as that of any local, state, and federal energy regulations and codes. These can include minimum CRI (color rendering index) and lumens-per-watt ratings; the more lumens per watt produced by a light source, the more efficient that light source.
We Can Help
Since 1989, AEC has been designing energy-efficient lighting systems to help facilities in the private and public sector save energy. We have also helped hundreds of customers take advantage of state and federal incentive programs to implement energy efficient lighting, which often can be paid for out of the energy cost savings
Our lighting experts have direct experience in, and a deep understanding of, the commercial lighting industry. Through our relationships and participation in the industry, we are able to help organizations develop sustainable strategies to improve lighting quality while reducing energy costs.