Commercial Lighting

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Did you know, your commercial lighting can account for approximately 35% of your business's energy use? Are you using the right lighting solution and light bulb combination? There are a multitude of lighting options available, but how do you know which is right for your business? 

Types of Commercial Lighting

  •  Incandescent: Older technology makes incandescent bulbs less efficient than other choices and best utilized for task lighting requiring high levels of brightness. Beginning in 2012, the Department of Energy requires these bulbs to produce the same amount of light using less wattage. There are many types including: general service/standard, reflectorized, and xenon.
  • Halogen: Twice as efficient as an incandescent, they produce a very bright white light and are commonly used in outdoor applications such as security and stadium lighting.
  • Fluorescent : The most commonly used commercial lighting, fluorescent and compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs), use 1/5 to 1/3 as much electricity as an incandescent. They also last 10 times longer and have comparable lumen ratings (the rating of the amount of light a light source produces). A CFL can be used in place of an incandescent in standard light sockets for energy savings. All fluorescent contain mercury, and should be disposed of properly.
  • HID/Metal halide: High-intensity discharge bulbs have a long life, are extremely efficient, and produce large quantities of very bright light. However with the exception of metal halides, they do not produce pleasing light colors. They are commonly used in warehouses and industrial applications.
  • LED Lighting: Light emitting diodes used in LED lighting are typically more efficient and longer lasting than any other type of light bulb, using 75 percent less energy than an incandescent and lasting 35 to 50 times longer.  Learn more about LED

Reasons to upgrade Commercial Lighting

  •  Light bulb explosions
  •  Cracked or burnt out lights
  •  Lighting color seems off
  •  Lights are dim or flicker
  •  Frequent light bulb burnout 
  • Lights don't turn on or off when they should 
  • Upgrading to longer life bulbs for convenience and savings
  • The excessive energy consumption of older technology bulbs.
  • Rebates offered by local electric companies.

Upgrading your business's lighting with today's technology can cut lighting energy use in half. Fixture selection and proper installation are also important in gaining efficient and effective use of any light bulb, however, and the results can be seen in improved lighting. Lighting improvements typically pay for themselves in a few years. Mick's Electric, Electrician to Rapid City SD carries and services many types of commercial lighting.  Give us a call for ballast replacement or information on upgrading to LED lights 605-348-2335.