Replacing Commercial Ballast and Bulbs
Considering commercial lighting can account for almost 35 percent of your business’s energy use, it is worth your time to ensure you are using lighting that provides for your needs while using less electricity. There are a number of options available, and the following provides you with information on each. Contact a Mister Sparky electrician for reliable electrical repair service, installation, and other electrical needs.
Commercial lighting is designed for the needs of commercial property, and uses a variety of colors, designs, and intensities for custom lighting appropriate for various applications.
Fluorescent lighting was once the standard for commercial structures, and today it remains the most common in use. Fluorescent lighting is a long lasting light fixture that will eventually require repair. For example, a ballast is a component of the lighting used to limit current to fluorescent bulbs and prevent them from increasing uncontrollably, overheating, and burning out. A ballast is matched specifically to the light bulb it operates. A Mister Sparky professional electrician can provide the electrical repair service that you require.
Lighting Types Compared
- Incandescent bulbs are less efficient than other choices, and are best suited for task lighting. In 2012, the Department of Energy implemented regulations requiring these bulbs to produce the same amount of light while using less wattage.
- Halogen lights are two times as efficient as an incandescent, and produce bright white light. Halogens are often used in outdoor settings for security and stadium lighting.
- Fluorescent is the most commonly used commercial lighting. Fluorescent and compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs), consume approximately 1/3 as much electricity as an incandescent bulb. In addition, they last about 10 times longer and provide a substitute for incandescent bulbs in standard light sockets. All fluorescents contain mercury, and should be disposed of properly.
- Light emitting diodes (LED) lighting is more efficient and longer lasting than any other type of light bulb, using 75 percent less energy than an incandescent and lasting up to 50 times longer. LED is an evolving technology with the recent introduction of LED lighting capable of producing thousands of colors from one bulb, a real bonus for many commercial properties using mood lighting, such as theaters, bars, concert halls, wedding venues and more. No lighting can match the quality of light, long life and energy efficiency of LED.
LED lighting is available for any lighting application, and while it cost more initially, partially due to its requirement for a LED fixture, it will soon pay for itself in energy savings. Our electricians can provide the electrical repair service or installation that you need.
The Importance of Energy Efficiency
Since the performance of employees often depends on adequate lighting, select the most efficient light bulb that meets your worker’s needs. Upgrading your business’s lighting can reduce energy use while maintaining the light workers require. Keep in mind the proper fixture selection with the correct location, and installation is essential in the effective use of any lighting. With proper planning and installation, lighting improvements typically pay for themselves in a few years. A Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL can provide the electrical repair service your business needs, some examples include:
- Flood Lights
- Compact Fluorescent
- Sodium Lamps
- Motion Sensors
- Security Lighting
- Landscape Lighting
- Bathroom Lighting
- Kitchen Lighting
- Custom Lighting
- Recessed Lighting
Contact a Mister Sparky electrician for superior electrical repair service, installation, replacement, and other electrical needs. Mister Sparky’s electricians in Huntsville, AL offer experience, and are licensed electricians serving North Alabama communities. If your business is in need of commercial lighting installation, or you simply want to reduce your electrical usage from lighting, contact us today. Mister Sparky is a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.