For facility managers, usually there are 2 primary concerns that need to be addressed while considering lighting upgrades and they are as follows:
- Energy efficiency
- Upfront cost.
In spite of having only a short list of choices, settling for lighting types and suppliers is often mind-boggling and also time-consuming experience.
Now 3 classes of high-bay lighting are widely available:
- Light-emitting diodes
- Fluorescent tubes
- High-intensity discharge lamps
With this, managers will now find their lighting solution which can fit their budget, energy strategy, and also workers’ needs.
In order to find perfect solution, these managers must consider more than just efficiency and their upfront costs. As an example, purchasing any least-expensive lighting system might not really pay off in case light is not bright enough, that may cause productivity loss.
Productivity losses often are difficult to calculate, but they may easily rival cost saved with buying cheaper fixtures. Buying decision-making must go beyond only number-crunching to little discussions with various plant floor employees and managers too, who will work and live under the new lights.
To know about true cost-effectiveness of every lighting solution, one needs to be aware of their maintenance costs, heat load, available rebates, lumen output, and many more. Often many consider all these factors secondary to cost-versus-efficiency debate. However they may affect your overall cost-effectiveness of your upgrade and must be major considerations while making purchasing decisions for the industrial facilities.
Over the years, light bulbs have been used to brighten our homes, offices, and the environment. They are usually regarded as key components in interior design as they brighten up space and provide great ambiance. They come in different sizes, shapes or designs, and voltages. Take your time to find the perfect bulb for your space. Here are some of the factors you may consider while you go to the shops to buy one.
- Watts and Lumen.
It is important to consider the watts and lumen of a bulb before purchasing it. Lumen is a term that is used to describe the amount of light produced by a bulb while watts measure the amount of energy required in lighting a bulb. Bulbs with low watts and high lumens are described to be impressive and of high quality, as they do not consume a lot of energy hence being cost-effective.
- Color rendering index.
Another key factor to consider is the color rendering index (CRI). The CRI is a term used to describe the ability of the light source to reveal the color of an object as it would with a natural source. This index chart describes on a scale of 0-100,100 being excellent, how best the bulbs will give a great look at your décor and furniture.
- Best shape and size.
Bulbs are available in the market in different shapes, sizes, and designs to suit one’s preference. Different shapes of bulbs provide different angles of light. It is important to choose a bulb that suits a specific location and provides functionality for the intended purpose. For example, for a reading area, you may consider a bulb that is not too bright for your eyes.
Another important factor to consider is the voltage. The voltage is considered to be the pressure that forces electrons to flows in an electric circuit. It is important to ensure that the voltage of a bulb matches the voltage of the fixture. If the voltage is not compatible it may provide damage that may be irreparable. It is measured in volts.
It is essential to choose a bulb with a base that is suited to the socket of the light source. The right fitting will ensure the compatibility of the bulb with the specific fixture. The most common bases in the market are E26, E12, and E39and pin base. If you are not familiar with the fitting you may consider carrying your old bulb to the store for a replacement.
The price of the bulb is one vital subject that you should consider before going to the market. There are different price ranges in the market depending on the manufacturers. Have a budget in mind on how much you would like to spend on a bulb. Consider one that is pocket-friendly, functional, and meets your needs.
It is important to check reviews from customers who have bought or used the same products before. If a customer from a certain manufacturer gives good reviews such as a considerably longer lifespan for a bulb or a guaranteed warranty in case of damage, then you may consider buying from them.