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proper lighting assessment from a qualified lighting engineer ensures costly mistakes are avoided. LUX mapping ensures the right amount of light is delivered to production critical areas and highlights where over- lighting is wasting energy and money. Even on the simplest of scheme, have a lighting assessment ensures the new lighting delivers what is needed, avoiding costly mistakes.

Pitfall 6: Not Bothering with Controls

Anyone who has followed a teenager around the house, turning lights off in their wake understands the benefits of lighting controls! Even the simplest control solution can deliver an additional 50% savings both in terms of energy consumption and costs. From the occupancy/vacancy sensors in store cupboards, to wireless and integrated controls on production lines, they are invaluable. The majority of solutions also deliver valuable insight into facility behaviour, that can be used to fine-tune operational processes.

Pitfall 7: Ignoring Your Wiring Infrastructure

It is always advisable to think about the wiring infrastructure within a building when replacing the lighting. Many manufacturers are keen to sell equipment, but not necessarily concerned about whether the infrastructure will hold up in the long-term. A full assessment by a lighting engineer ensures that the infrastructure and ‘back of

house’ kit will last as long as the new LED lights do.

Pitfall 8: Beware the Small Print

Not all warranties are created equal. It is very easy to think there is a certain level of protection when in fact the reality is very different. Questions to ask any supplier being considered for an LED installation are: How robust is the their business? Is the warranty for parts only or is it for return to base? What does their warranty really cover? Very few warranties include quibble free parts and labour and complete luminaire replacement, so read the small print.

Pitfall 9: Forgetting to Consider Current BSI Standards

Good lighting is essential if potential health and safety issues are to be avoided. Using a lighting engineer, rather than relying on a contractor’s recommendations, ensures the correct BSI standards are complied

with throughout: from getting the right LUX levels in processing areas, to using the correct optics for minimising glare in the loading areas. Getting this wrong can have serious implications, so it is worth taking the right advice.

Pitfall 10: Forgetting to Consider Ongoing Maintenance

Although renowned for their long lamp life, LEDs cannot be left unattended for five years. LEDs will need cleaning and checking at least bi-annually in dusty working environments, to ensure optimised performance and maximum life span. If controls are in place, these will need re-evaluating and re-programming annually to ensure maximum efficiencies continue to be achieved. To avoid maintenance costs entirely, many businesses are opting for a funded LED solution, such as those delivered by Energy Works, which are maintenance free for the lifetime of the funding agreement.

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