Unexpected lighting maintenance expenses can make it hard to know how to budget for facilities and even harder to keep that budget.
If this sounds like something you encounter year-after-year –– or, perhaps, every other year –– figuring out how to tame those unexpected expenses can be a burden. But don't fear, there are solutions out there.
Here are four ways to reduce your unexpected lighting maintenance issues:
1. Implement group relamp strategies
What is group relamping? It's pretty much exactly how it sounds. Group relamping is where you replace the light bulbs in a given area all at once so you don't have to replace them one-by-one. This way, you save time and reduce the number of unpredictable burnouts.
How does this help with achieving a more consistent budget? You can plan the specific timing of these group re-lamping expenses to limit the unexpected nature of expensive, intermittent repairs.
As with car ownership, maintenance tends to be most expensive and inconvenient when it’s reactive. Things also tend to fail –– brakes wear out, tires puncture, alternators die, etc. –– at the worst possible time.
The same goes for a reactive approach to lighting maintenance.
Proactive maintenance like group relamping, on the other hand, keeps spaces well-lit.
2. Retrofit to efficient, long-life, warrantied lighting
Older technology will cost you in energy expenses and maintenance time. With traditional lighting, you run the risk of unplanned outages quite often, since the life expectancy is generally less than LED.
The best thing in this situation would be to follow our lighting pyramid on retrofitting and start changing your lighting over to efficient LED. Start by retrofitting all areas that have the most inefficient light bulb, like incandescents.
How do the different lighting options compare from an efficiency standpoint?
Here's a quick breakdown of energy savings compared to traditional incandescent technology:
- Halogen bulbs use 40 percent less energy than equivalent incandescents
- Fluorescent bulbs use 75 percent less energy than equivalent incandescents
- High intensity discharge (HID) lighting uses 80-85 percent less energy than equivalent incandescents
- LED lighting uses 85-90 percent less energy than equivalent incandescents
Can you save energy and improve the lifespan of your lighting as you move to more energy-efficient products? Absolutely. At this point one of our top recommendations is to take the plunge with LED, since that also carries a standard three-to-five year warranty, giving you a new level of peace of mind after a retrofit.
3. Go with a scheduled maintenance program
Not ready to move to LED lighting? Another option to consider is setting up a scheduled lighting maintenance program. The best thing to do to prevent unexpected lighting expenses is to have a proactive approach when it comes to maintenance.
Looking for more details? Read our post on 'How a proactive approach can alleviate common lighting maintenance headaches'.
Lighting maintenance involves managing an enormous number of variables –– from schedules to regional differences to product specifications to electrical system troubleshooting. Great lighting maintenance providers ensure their technicians are well-trained in what to look for while on-call and know how to diagnose electrical system problems. If you can count on a technician coming out at a specific date and time to maintain your lighting, you can plan that into your budget at the beginning of the year and avoid unforeseen maintenance costs.
4. Consider lighting as a service
If you read the title of this post and began to read through it in search of the most turnkey solution to your lighting maintenance problem, lighting as a service may be the solution for you. In short, here's how lighting as a service works:
our lighting service provider will come out and install and warranty your new long-life, high-efficiency lighting system on their dime. Then, with a portion of the money you save on reduced energy bills, you budget a monthly payment for your lighting. It’s effectively a way to get the advantage of the lighting upgrade you’ve been considering and making it cash-flow positive from day one.
Wondering if lighting as a service is right for you? Here is more detail organized by the type of role you have in your organization:
- Lighting as a Service for Chief Engineers
- Lighting as a Service for Directors of Maintenance
- Lighting as a Service for Energy Managers
There are plenty of options when it comes to planning for unexpected lighting maintenance expenses, but perhaps the most helpful is to work with a lighting specialist to find an option that fits your application.
Our specialists are here to find a solution that works for you. Click here to contact a lighting specialist and they will reach out to you within 24 to 48 hours.