Blog : February 2014

Maximizing Commercial Lighting

February 19th, 2014

Lighting retrofits and upgrades are a great way to reduce energy consumption and save money.  However, lighting design is an often-overlooked aspect of lighting retrofits.

Attention to lighting design significantly increases customer comfort and satisfaction.  Additionally, good lighting design during a retrofit can save businesses energy and money over a simple light bulb to energy-efficient light bulb change.

 A thorough lighting audit should assess at least the three primary elements of lighting to determine the best upgrades: efficiency, design, and controls.

Lighting Efficiency  

Did you know that energy-efficient LED bulbs often provide a better return on investment than CFL bulbs?  While LED bulbs cost more, they have a much longer lifespan than CFL bulbs. The aggressive rebates currently available are another good reason to consider investing in LED bulbs.

Lighting Design

Lighting design audits evaluate factors such as lighting output and color, current foot-candles, and architectural conditions before making recommendations for upgrades to a new system.

Lighting Controls

A good lighting audit will assess each space for appropriate lighting controls, such as motion sensors and dimmers.  These can result in significant energy savings.


A great example is the The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek’s new LED lighting.  With help from Impact Energy, their LEDs are eligible for a $25,000 rebate.

Is your current lighting design efficient? Contact us for a lighting audit at