Higher costs, higher waste.

Higher waste, higher costs.

No matter how you spin it, if your commercial utility bills reflect that you are unnecessarily spending astronomical amounts of money to maintain your lighting, now is the time to consider investing in a commercial lighting retrofit for your building.

Why, you ask? Simply because having your office building (or warehouse) retrofitted will prove more energy-efficient and profitable for your business than trying to manually maintain a traditional lighting system yourself. These days, operating a commercial building without having it retrofitted and trying to reduce energy costs at the same time is like trying to set fire to water and have it take. That is, it won’t happen.

So in case you’ve never considered retrofitting your building, perhaps the following benefits of a commercial lighting retrofit will change your mind and shed some light on just how beneficial it would be if you did.

1. The Environmental Impact

5 Benefits Of A Commercial Lighting Retrofit

Less is always better. Less energy, less maintenance, less waste going into the landfills, and less mercury flowing into our rivers, lakes, and oceans. These are only a few of the many environmental benefits of installing a LED retrofit.

According to the Department of Energy, LED energy-efficient light bulbs last 3-25x longer than traditional light bulbs and use 25%-80% less energy. That means you can keep your business well-lit without increasing its footprint on the environment.

2. Increased Savings

5 Benefits Of A Commercial Lighting Retrofit

The costs of upgrading your facility to use more energy-efficient lighting can possibly be recouped over a 2-year period. Contrary to what some may believe, the financial benefit of such an investment brings with it the highest ROI, which will continue over the life of the system by decreasing the amount of energy consumed and lowering your utility bills.

3. The Economic Benefits

5 Benefits Of A Commercial Lighting Retrofit

Tax incentives. Utility rebates. Federal tax deductions. Yes, all are available for commercial facility owners that choose to install sustainable lighting throughout their buildings, whether they are newly constructed or under renovation.

EPAct (The Energy Policy Act of 2005) allows business owners to take a tax deduction of $0.60 per square foot for putting in energy-efficient lighting with the necessary controls. And business owners can qualify for the benefit of bonus depreciation (1245/1250) if their lighting assets have a life of 20 years or less.

In addition, there are also rebates given for installing energy-efficient lighting. So it would behoove business owners to consider putting in a commercial lighting retrofit and save costs all around.

4. Improved Safety Measures

5 Benefits Of A Commercial Lighting Retrofit

In addition to saving costs and lowering energy use, safety around the facility is imperative. High-quality lighting can cut down on the overall number of incidents that may occur (especially when it comes to changing lightbulbs) and can help occupants feel more at ease when working, entering, or leaving the building. It can also improve employee productivity, as studies have shown there is a 3-5% increase in productivity when lighting is better.

5. Increased Asset Value

5 Benefits Of A Commercial Lighting Retrofit

Using an energy analysis software tool, Energy Star was able to determine that for every $1 a company invests into using energy efficiency, there’s the potential that their asset value will increase by at least $3. So if you’re doing the math, you understand that there is a tremendous amount of savings to be earned when you invest in retrofitted lighting.

These are only a few of the many benefits that come with installing a commercial lighting retrofit. A system that will keep you from wasting valuable energy and losing hard-earned profits. Not to mention, make a huge difference in your utility bill.