Are you searching the market for new commercial lights? It can be a big decision, so we’ve compiled some things to consider before making your purchase. You’ll need to know what type of space or business you’re looking at and how much light is needed. Should you go with fluorescent, LED, halogen or something else?
What is the wattage? For how many hours per day will they be used? Is there a warranty on parts and installation? All these questions are important to ask when researching commercial lighting supply options. Let us explore them all in this article!
Consider the type of lighting you want to provide:
- Fluorescent lights: What are the advantages of fluorescent lighting? Fluorescents have a long life. 50,000 hours or more on average, but they can last up to 20 years with proper maintenance. They also do not contain mercury, so disposal is easier, and you won’t run into hazardous waste issues like other types of bulbs may produce.
What are the disadvantages? These lamps give off less light than incandescent alternatives and require ballasts that come in two different varieties–electronic and magnetic; only electronic ballasts will work with LED fixtures without modifications. It’s worth noting, though, that these lights still provide better illumination at a lower wattage than their counterparts because of how they operate (they produce white light by restricting airflow).
- Floodlights: Floodlights produce around, wide beam of light that helps illuminate the areas in front of and below it. The strong lumens make this type perfect to highlight objects or artworks at events such as concerts, weddings, parties or other special occasions.
Floodlights are also popularly used on sets during filming because their intensity is more focused than spotlights which makes things easier to see from further away. Since floodlights have better visibility over longer distances, they’re often found outside lighting sports fields since it provides all-around illumination rather than just close-range action like a stadium, or arena lighting does.
- Recessed lights: Recessed lights are a more recent innovation in the commercial lighting industry. What makes them so different from other types is that they’re set back into a ceiling’s surface, making it look like there isn’t any light fixture present at all! Besides, they are often very reflective and produce a wide, even light.
- Cleanroom luminaires: These lights are often used in laboratories and science labs where a sterile environment is necessary. What’s great about cleanroom luminaires is that they’re made of materials that are resistant to dirt, dust, light pollution and other things which can interfere with the delicate work being performed.
- Landscape lights: What do you think about installing lights on your property’s trees, garden or other areas? What if the same light could also be used as a security measure? Landscape lighting is becoming increasingly popular and can add to curb appeal. Moreover, they’re a great deterrent to trespassers who might otherwise feel inclined to walk onto your property.
- Pendant lights: Pendant lights come in a wide range of styles, and they can be used as task lighting, general illumination or ambience. They are perfect for any location from the home office or a reading nook to any retail space. What’s more, these lights are easy on electricity consumption, and they’re attractive enough that you may not even need additional decorating touches.
- Consider the design of the space: What type of space are you looking to light? What is the purpose of the room or area (reading, task lighting)? What effect do you want it to have on your visitors? Fluorescent and LED lights in particular offer a range of colours that might be perfect for different commercial spaces. Besides, you will also have to look if there are any obstructions that would affect installation or maintenance.
- Do you need dimmer switches on lights? Most commercial lights come with a dimmer switch, but you may need to have an electrician install this feature. Else, you can also purchase a dimmer switch separately. This characteristic makes it easy for people to maintain the intensity of the light they need. Moreover, it also saves them from having to turn the lights on and off all the time.
- What’s your budget? What are you willing to spend for commercial lighting fixtures, installation and maintenance? It can be difficult to make a decision without knowing where you stand with money- so what is your target price range or maximum that you want to spend in total?
If possible, take measurements of the space where they will be installed. What area does it cover, and how much light do they need for illumination (lux)? This information will help determine which type of commercial lights would work best.
- How many hours per day will these new commercial lights be on?: This is important because it could affect how much you spend! It’s good that most modern commercial lighting lasts up to 50,000 hours before needing replacement – though we recommend replacing them every few years or so. Be sure not just focus only on efficiency rating; some types still use more energy than others during their lifetime.
- Think about safety features: It is essential to check for the safety features of any commercial lights you buy. What is the risk of a fire? What are safety zones if something were to happen? What about outdoor usage – do they have protection against UV rays in this case? Making sure all of these things are taken care of puts you in good stead for the future.
- Prefer energy-efficient lights: What type of commercial lights you buy is important, and it’s worth considering the energy efficiency when making your purchase. For that, you need to confirm if they have an Energy Star rating or if they are LEED certified. What does that mean for you? They will be more cost-effective and use less energy to run, which is good news in these trying times!
- Figure out how many fixtures you need to illuminate an area: Check your space before ordering any lights, as it will be important that they cover the space appropriately. What’s more, you’ll need to make sure there are enough lights for each area in case of emergencies and power outages!
- Get a warranty on your purchase: You can never have too many guarantees when it comes to commercial lights, so don’t forget about this one! What should you look for? Firstly, check if any parts or installations come with warranties (you may also want to ask how long these will last). Secondly, find out what type of return policy is available as well as returns policies for damaged goods. If anything goes wrong after your purchase, then at least you know who to call!
- What installation service is offered: When buying new commercial lights, it’s also worth considering what installation is included with the package – this will depend on your needs. Do you just want someone to install them at a specific time, or would you like more comprehensive services, which include an engineer inspecting, testing and educating staff on proper care of these investment items?
We hope this blog post has given you some things to think about when making your commercial lights purchase.
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