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The interior lighting systems of a building are a dominant consumer of energy and a major source of heat. Lighting has a great effect on the regulation of emotions such as happiness and sadness through the nervous and endocrine systems. Building operators need to consider a variety of facts when installing new lighting systems in their facilities. Adequate lighting is associated with feelings of elation, whereas dark lighting, on the other hand, induces feelings of depression.

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Buildings geared for any use, whether commercial, industrial, or residential need to use high-quality energy efficient lighting systems that utilize both natural and electric sources as well as lighting controls that can provide a more comfortable and visually interesting environment for a building’s occupants.

 

Fluorescent Lamps

Fluorescent lamps are known for their long lasting lifetime and energy efficiency, in fact, they are roughly 66% cheaper than regular lightning while providing the same brightness. Also, fluorescent light bulbs burn less after continuous use and can be turned on or off without danger of being burned. Another advantage and why building operators should consider installing fluorescent lamps, is that they do not give off heat which makes them a great idea for area lighting (Learn More).

 

LED Lamps

LED lamps contribute to energy saving and sustainability by improving working conditions through deliberately directed light and lowering the energy needed to power lighting fixtures. LED’s are also popular for their robustness, and similar to fluorescent lamps are known to last longer than regular light bulbs

The long lifetime of LED’s leads to significant savings due to the fact that they reduce the need to replace failed lamps. Overall, although LED lamps are more expensive compared to other light sources, building operators may consider installing LED lamps due the fact that their costs are offset by lower energy consumption, lower maintenance costs, and other such factors

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High Intensity Discharge

High-intensity discharge (HID) lamps are still one of the best performing and most efficient lamps for lighting large areas or great distances. HID lamps are installed in many outdoor and indoor applications because they are 2 to 30 times more effective in peripheral visual detection than yellow/orange lights. The greatest advantage of HID lighting is its potential for very high light output from a concentrated light source, useful for illuminating indoors or outdoors. On the other hand, if they are turned off in order to cool down, HID lamps take roughly 15 minutes to warm up.

Building operators need to consider what type of lighting best suits their facilities. Many options are available, and even though some may prove to incur higher installation and purchasing costs, in the long term, facilities will operate more energy efficiently and save on costs associated with lighting.

In order to achieve optimal comfort, buildings operators and managers need to choose quality lighting equipment in order to satisfy performance and aesthetic needs. Lighting should be based on the balance between the design requirements of the building and limiting the number of fixtures or lamps in order to satisfy maintenance inventories and have adequate lighting inside their buildings or facilities.

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