That new LED lighting system of yours is quite the thing to behold, but you aren’t going to see the impressive returns you’re looking for without giving them a bit of TLC from time to time. Extending the life of your commercial, industrial, or retail lighting system is as simple as devising, implementing, and enforcing a regular maintenance plan based on simple best practices that are hardly going to cost you a thing.

Switch to LED Bulbs (If You Haven’t Already)

While everybody is out there touting the incredible energy efficiency of LED bulbs in general, the smartest [city] area commercial and industrial operators are making the switch for a different reason entirely: they need far less maintenance than traditional overhead lighting. Over time, the cost savings from buying fewer bulbs will be readily apparent, and the savings from less frequent visits from the maintenance crew won’t be far behind.

Do Your Research, Know Your Lighting System

The first step to any successful (profitable) venture is a good amount of research. Whether you are installing new warehouse lighting or simply trying to keep your existing overhead lighting in good shape, knowing all the details is a good place to start.

Bulb and ballast details are always important, and is necessary for anyone who is looking to upgrade to an LED version an achieve the same amount of brightness of lighting. Another part of it is researching your [city] area lighting professionals, whether it’s a general lighting consultant or lighting installation specialists that can hep get your new system in place.

Research is the key to preparedness, which is in itself an incredible money saving strategy for any organization.

Monitor Your Atmosphere

Whether we’re talking about the artificially controlled humidity of a lighthouse or the bright and intense heat that outdoor lighting might be exposed to in the summertime, taking the time to consider, control, or modify your surrounding atmosphere is a good way to increase the lifespan of your industrial or commercial lighting system.

For instance, high heat and humidity can significantly reduce both the lifespan and the productivity of any kind of LED fixture. This is why the best commercial lighting systems are designed in conjunction with a good HVAC system. Circulation, cooling, heating, and de-humidification are essential considerations in a lighting maintenance plan, especially considering the unique conditions here in [city].

The type of lighting fixture is also an important consideration; closed fixtures can trap excess heat and can cause an LED bulb to burn out early. A dry, cool, and ventilated environment is best for all types of LED light bulbs.

Clean Your LED Fixtures Regularly

The buildup of dust is another thing that can bring about malfunctions in a bulb or fixture. Determine how long it takes for visible dust to accumulate on the bulb and fixture interior, and then give all the lighting a good wipe down at a regular interval.

Write it Down & Make It Regular

Keeping your lighting system in tip-top shape means a lot more than just changing a bulb when it burns out. Making sure that your lighting maintenance plan is clearly written out and explained to all relevant personnel. In addition, make sure that there is some mechanism within your organization that ensures that the lighting maintenance plan is carried out at a regular agreed upon interval. This is one of the simplest ways to take an active role in cutting down your monthly energy bill, and all it requires is a clipboard and some dedication.