Energy Action lists out five tips for Australian manufacturing businesses that are looking to retrofit energy-efficient lighting at their facilities.
Lighting management can help the manufacturing industry save on the continually rising energy costs. Energy being a significant controllable cost for every manufacturing business, it makes sense to invest in energy-efficiency to become more profitable.
Businesses looking to reduce energy consumption and demand across their business can begin with energy efficient lighting, with benefits including attractive ROI and significant energy savings.
Energy efficiency in lighting systems has been driven for long by environmental awareness and the opportunity to improve the lighting experience. Energy Action is now seeing a sense of urgency for businesses to implement energy-efficient lighting solutions due to a rapid increase in electricity rates.
According to Ed Hanna, director of sustainability at Energy Action, energy efficient lighting is increasingly being sold as a commodity product, but the lighting experience is a sensitive issue for many buyers.
He explains that industrial and manufacturing plants historically have been illuminated by mercury vapour and metal halide lights which, by comparison to modern alternatives, are expensive to operate on factory floors. Any decrease in quality, reliability, safety, or the look and feel of lighting can have a significant bearing on core operations. However, the development of induction and LED lighting in recent years provides a real opportunity for businesses to move towards a more efficient lighting strategy.
Energy Action’s 5 tips for the manufacturing industry looking to retrofit energy-efficient lighting
Examine all options before committing to a technology
Lighting and control technologies are dynamic, and continuously evolving. It is important to select a technology that will help the company in the long term.
Consider the needs of all stakeholders
Lighting levels, beam angles and colours will determine the stakeholders’ lighting experience, and should not only meet with their expectations but also comply with relevant Australian standards. It is important to be aware of the complex choices available in interior lighting for retail and commercial purposes in terms of light levels, colour spectrums and output shapes for different purposes.
Invest in lighting controls
Innovations such as occupancy sensors and daylight sensors can lower energy bills, particularly in low traffic areas such as stairwells, meeting rooms, utility rooms and car parks. Intuitive and locally controlled lights are becoming increasingly cost-effective for these environments. Flexible lighting solutions can be implemented in areas that are not constantly in use. Most current energy efficient lighting options allow dimming or turning off when not in use, without worries about long warm-up times.
Make informed decisions when choosing suppliers
Suppliers and installers should be chosen on the basis of recommendation referrals, experience and reputation as well as pricing. Warranties, lead times and service expectations should be checked and confirmed before placing an order. Consulting a lighting market consultant for guidance is also advised.
Have light intensity that suits each individual work area’s needs
Optimising energy efficiency means delivering the right amount of light to the workspace through the right combination of fittings, lamps and controls.