There are many aspects of lighting maintenance that must be addressed in order to ensure the efficiency and reliability of a commercial lighting system. They include:
Bulbs and fixtures must be cleaned on a regular basis in order for a lighting system to operate at peak efficiency and keep running costs low. Keeping bulbs and fixtures clean also extends the life of the lightening system, which helps save property owners thousands of dollars on the cost of premature system replacement.
Thanks to new designs and component structure, light bulbs manufactured today last longer than they ever have before. However, it is not recommended to wait until a light bulb goes out in order to change it. Light bulbs lose their output over time, thereby decreasing the system’s efficiency and increasing operation costs and overhead. These are just a couple of the reasons that light bulbs should be replaced on a regular schedule.
Faulty wiring, broken fixtures or blown bulbs are all fire hazards and have the potential to create a dangerous situation in any property. Along with routine maintenance, a lighting system should be thoroughly inspected at least once a year (depending on the age of the structure) to ensure that there are no exposed or worn wires, loose fixtures or other signs of wear and tear that could result in a fire. Alternately, a build up of dust and debris on fixtures and bulbs can also pose a fire hazard, which is just one more reason lighting systems should be not only inspected – but cleaned – on a regular basis as well.
Installation and Modifications
Sometimes the original lighting system in a property no longer meets the needs of the current tenants. When this happens, modifications must be made in order to accommodate those changes and ensure the continued efficiency of the system overall. This may mean switching to a different type or colour of bulb or installing additional lighting fixtures to help the system function as it should.