If you own a commercial space where lighting consumes so much energy, then it might be the time that you consider electric panel upgrades conducted on your facility. It’s an investigative process that involves a lighting audit where cost-effective changes can be done by measuring your current lighting conditions against the standards. It involves several steps until improvements are being made as noted during the audit.
A lighting audit starts with a simple walk-through of the facility while paying attention to the quality as well as the quantity of the light available. This involves taking note of the problems observed such as visual discomfort inhibiting productivity, too high lighting levels, and lights left in some areas that are unnecessary. Not only that because other details about the lamps and fixtures are well documented, including the type of each one, its height and location. Then a light meter is used to measure the illumination level of each light at task areas and general lighting.
Once everything has been taken into account, the next step in lighting audit is the consideration of simple retrofit options or electric panel upgrades. Retrofitting can include a simple action as lowering the height of the fixture to switch it from a general lighting system to a task-oriented one. Other suggestions might involve the installation of control devices to reduce energy costs. There are advances made in lighting components and controls that can significantly help reduce energy consumption. Intensive improvement like electric panel upgrades can go complex depending on the present situation of your lighting systems.
All these retrofit considerations will be integrated into a cohesive plan for achieving a more energy efficient system. The final lighting audit can include a variety of options to consider in reducing your facility’s lighting costs. It is up to you which ones are possible to implement or if all are within your means. After all, your main goal is to benefit from the audit in the long run.