State bodies all over the world are now committed to reducing their energy consumption, cut costs and improve comfort in all government-owned buildings. Many government facilities operate long hours so they too can see a good return on investment. For decades now these types of building have been using fluoroscent or incadedence light. With such long hours, bulbs and ballasts have to be constantly changed since the average life of a bulb is from 10,000 hours for fluorescents and 1,000-2000 hours for incadescents. This results in huge maintenance costs as the facility’s manager is constantly buying bulbs and ballasts and changing them out.
In this economy, facility managers are constantly watching operating costs and in most cases report directly to the CFO (Chief Financial Officer) or COO (Chief Operating Officer.) With products being imported at rates lower than ever, US manufacturers and warehouses have to watch their operating costs closely.
Lighting is considered necessary and sometimes overlooked or just accepted as a non-negotiable expense. What we actually pay for is “Energy” not ”light”. For example, if you have two light sources and both use the same amount of electricity but one puts out significantly more light than the other, your two bills would be identical. Meaning, even though one is giving you a lot less light than the other, you are still using the same amount of electricity, in turn you would be paying the same amount.
This is the case in most facilities whose lighting system is 10-15 years old. Lighting wanes over time, meaning in the first year your fixtures will put out more light than in their 10th year. However, as the lights depreciate over time, you keep spending the same amount in electricity or even more each year as the fixtures become more and more inefficient.