Audits by the US Department of Energy demonstrate that 18 percent of the electricity generated in the U.S. is used for electric lighting, and another 4-5 percent goes to remove the waste heat generated by those lights. Older lighting technologies are inefficient – they produce less luminosity per unit of electrical power consumed. The electricity consumed that does not generate visible spectrum light generates heat. Quite a lot of heat. The aforementioned audits show that right now we are using one quarter to one third the power we use for lighting just to remove the heat generated by obsolete and over used lighting. This is energy wasted. This is money wasted in both higher electric bills for the life span of the installation and the added cost of larger than really necessary air conditioning systems.
Over-lighting and light trespass reduction.
Costs can be reduced by not over-lighting a space or by limiting the light distribution to the intended space rather than the sky, the neighbor’s living room or the busy nearby roadway. Over-lighting and glare towards unintended space not only waste energy but also make harder to see. It can create a safety hazard. We use latest generation 3D modeling and illumination calculating software that incorporates the IES data files, the data files of various materials with the geometry of the spaces to ensure that each critical place is lit at the proper levels.
We source Best Readily Available Technologies (BRAT).
A big part of our job is keeping abreast of peer reviewed developments in lighting technology. While we want to incorporate the best and latest developments, we carefully consult peer reviewed and certified information. Inefficient “yestertech” lighting is too expensive and wasteful. Our goal is to turn your spaces into showcases by balancing cost vs. flexibility of function, but never compromising on quality or reliability.
We’re LC certified, we analyze the total cost of the lighting over its anticipated life span or over whatever shorter interval you need. We help you meet a defined budget, starting with helping to set the budget early in the design process.
Green Lighting Works will specify fixtures and control systems and solicit bids from multiple sources to help keep bids competitive. We abide by IALD code of ethics and pass through trade pricing to your electrical or general contractor. We do not profit from the sale of equipment. Wherever possible, we will recommend lighting equipment and strategies that will reduce installation costs and still be suitable for your project.
We certify that plans and installations meet the criteria for rebates and tax incentives. We do not manufacture, sell or install equipment. We promote and facilitate market competition for your business.
While we’ll never really quantify the sound of a falling tree with nobody there to hear, it is an absolute truth that operating lighting when there is nobody there to see it is an unnecessary cost. It is also true that lighting your neighbor’s property, the nearby roadway and even the sky are acts of charity that we’d all be better off doing without.
We calculate energy and maintenance costs.
Lighting consumes close to 35 percent of the electricity used in commercial buildings in the United States and affects other building systems… With good design, lighting energy use in most buildings can be cut at least in half while maintaining or improving lighting quality. Such designs typically pay for themselves in energy savings alone within a few years, and they offer more benefits in terms of potential for smaller and less costly cooling systems and more-productive work environments.
Using Green Lighting Works means that a fully credentialed, LC certified and IES and ASID (allied) member lighting designer will specify the most cost effective solutions and coordinate acquisition of the most appropriate fixtures for your project. Green Lighting Works will help keep your project on track as inevitable changes and issues arise, ensuring that your lighting is fully integrated to your architecture and appropriate for your project’s purpose.