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I FOUNDATION ELEMENTS FOR BUILDING A QUALITY SPECIFICATION A DEVELOP A LIGHTING EQUIPMENT SPECIFICATION AND PRICING DATABASE.


GUIDELINES FOR SPECIFICATION INTEGRITY


ELEMENTS


1 Establish categories for the key lighting products you specify, classifying them according to location, source and function, or application (e.g., recessed incandescent downlights, pendant fluorescent uplights, exterior metal halide floodlights, control systems).


2 Develop a standard luminaire typing system to organize your lighting equipment.


3 Develop a master lighting equipment and lighting specification database which identifies acceptable products by manufacturer and product (or catalog) number.


4 Track project pricing information in this database, allowing you to develop a history of unit price information which will be beneficial in evaluating lighting budgets for future projects. See Item ‘F’ on page 7 for factors that impact pricing.


5 Update your databases and products on a regular basis and stay abreast of manufacturer price increases.


B ESTABLISH CLEAR AND DEFENSIBLE STANDARDS OF QUALITY FOR THE LIGHTING EQUIPMENT YOU SPECIFY.


1 Determine your interpretation of differing specification product grades.


2 Foster dialogue with fellow design professionals to assist your development of quality standards for lighting equipment.


3 Develop and use a checklist of product performance evaluation criteria including: • photometric and visual performance • aesthetics, craftsmanship and finishes • construction materials and fabrication integrity • energy consumption ad labeling for energy code compliance • electrical characteristics (e.g., power factor, thermal management) • cost, delivery and installation • manufacturer’s warranty, long term availability, support and field service


4 Brief your local manufacturers’ representatives on your requirements concerning products and luminaire equipment standards.


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