Warehouses use lighting for safety and productivity, but these lights consume a lot of energy. If you want to reduce your overhead costs and become more energy-efficient, a lighting retrofit may be the perfect solution. Could such a retrofit at your warehouse save you money in the long run?
The Benefits of Upgrading Your Lighting System
Upgrading your existing lighting system with an energy-efficient retrofit will offer several benefits, such as reducing operating costs while improving light quality. This type of upgrade could also help you reduce the size of your carbon footprint or environmental impact, as you may be using fewer resources. Additionally, new LED bulbs can typically last longer than traditional incandescent bulbs and require less maintenance over time.
How Much Will You Save?
This is probably the most pertinent question when considering any kind of upgrade to your warehouse's infrastructure. The result may vary according to your business and configuration, but you can certainly expect to save money on your energy costs after switching to LED bulbs. Keep in mind that any savings depend mostly on the size of your warehouse and how much lighting is needed for operations. For example, if you have a smaller warehouse with minimal lighting requirements, then you probably won't see as dramatic a result as someone who has a larger warehouse with extensive lighting needs.
The Benefits Outweigh the Cost
It's true that conducting an energy-efficient retrofit isn't cheap—there will be upfront costs associated with installing new LED bulbs—but these costs are more than worth it in the long run.
However, there are additional benefits in terms of operational efficiency. With the latest in lighting technology, you can also install smart devices that may not be designed to work with what you have now. These devices can sense when there are people in a particular room, turning on or shutting off the lights as appropriate. They can also dim or brighten the lights according to the time of day or general conditions. You may also be able to get certain discounts or have access to a reduced tariff through your utility supply company. Again, such programs may not be available for those with "outdated" infrastructure.
What to Do Next
Conducting an energy-efficient retrofit of your warehouse's existing lighting system is an attractive way to reduce overhead costs while becoming more environmentally friendly. If you'd like further information about this approach, get in touch with a commercial electrician today.