What You Should Know Before Choosing Lighting Systems

The manner in which commercial/industrial setting is served by lighting systems means much more than one could imagine. It is important to make it easier for employees & guests to have solid visibility. However, choosing appropriate lighting can have a profound impact on how well a company does over time.

Keeping The Workplace In The Mix

It would be impossible to disregard the cavalcade of technological advancements that have taken place in residential settings regarding lighting. Variations on plugs, bulbs, power supplies, as well as new takes on automation, have revolutionized residential illumination.

But for all of the changes residential environments have experienced, facility management specialists are quick to note that commercial/industrial settings have been slow to adapt. Look at the manner in which many of us marvel at the ingenuity & physical bombast with newer major construction projects. The visual impact we experience is due to brighter & a very rational approach to lighting in all areas.

Much of the reason why our awe is so pronounced is that we tend to be fairly used to dimly lit offices, stadiums, supermarkets, and manufacturing facilities, for example. The technology fueling their lighting, fluorescent bulbs, has a history dating back to the 19th century (!). Even with the advent of incredibly important advances in the fluorescent bulb world over time, the need for an updated lighting system is at an all-time high.

Here are a few things to consider:

Energy Costs

Upgrading lighting systems starts with understanding a facility’s operating expenses with respect to utilities. With a near-perfect storm of factors involving foreign conflict & a surge in prices for natural gas and coal, the cost of electricity has & continues to soar. Upgrading an inefficient lighting system, even with a higher initial install cost, may pay for itself rather quickly.

Lighting Use

Finding the right lighting system starts with understanding one’s lighting needs. The simplest place to start is knowing whether a facility will be addressing lighting issues indoors, outdoors, or a combination thereof.


Perhaps the biggest thing worth knowing or thinking about is how safety in a facility is related to the lighting currently used. Commercial/industrial settings house people. By default, THIS is the exact reason that ‘good enough’ lighting is unacceptable. The safety & well-being of those who go in & out of a facility is of the utmost importance.

Environmental Concerns

More companies are starting to realize that the world is asking them to do their part. Environmental stewardship is a preeminent issue in the 21st century. Better lighting means less replacement items, less electricity used, and less resources wasted.

Smart Buildings

Building automation systems (BAS) are critical in the operation of advanced & efficient lighting systems. Being able to program certain scheduled sequences, along with occupancy & photosensors, means keeping the lights off when & where they ARE NOT needed. Manual controls, however, are still a critical part of the smart building.

ACIS Innovative Solutions of North Texas has been at the forefront of planning environmentally-sound, cost-effective lighting systems for a variety of clients across a number of industries. Dallas/Fort Worth has looked to ACIS for better ways of running business for two decades for a reason — proven success. Contact us today.

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