November 4, 2021
4 Tips for making your office lighting more sustainable
A study by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency in India (BEE) asserts
that buildings account for almost 35% of total energy consumption in the
country and the demand is growing by almost 8% every year. The study also mentions that India is
expected to add nearly 35 billion square meters of new buildings by 2050,
exerting huge pressure on the natural resources for energy demands. Thus, the
need for sustainability in commercial spaces becomes imperative.
The study also claims that the commercial sector in India utilizes
almost 11% of the total energy produced in the country. This ignites a spark of
hope as making offices and workspaces more sustainable and energy efficient
could help in saving energy for future generations.
Here are some ways you can make your office lighting more
Switch to LED lighting solutions
First and foremost, replace all traditional lighting devices like
incandescent and fluorescents with new-age LED lighting solutions. Lighting
emitting diodes is undoubtedly the most energy efficient lighting technology in
the world that supports the global aim of energy efficiency. Many offices in
India still rely on old lighting systems and refrain from getting a lighting
retrofit due to budget constraints. However, they should understand that
investing in LED luminaires is an investment for the future. It will not only
benefit you but will also benefit the environment.
Install tactical task lighting
Task lighting can prove as useful as ambient lighting in the
efforts of making your office space more energy efficient and sustainable.
Installing task lights on workstations allows you to utilize only a fraction of
the energy of the overhead lighting. This can prove critical in ensuring energy
saving and reducing utility bills.
Wash walls with light
Painting the walls with light colours and washing them with lights
can go a long way in minimizing electricity consumption. Light- colour walls
have the ability to reflect light and installing LED wash light can help the
offices to make the most of this wall’s ability. Placing LED luminaires
strategically and bouncing the light off the wall can help in illuminating the
space properly with minimal dependency on ambient light.
Install smart lighting controls
lighting controls such as dimmers and occupancy sensors not only optimize
energy consumption but also enable a smart working environment. Thus,
office authorities should decide on installing them in areas that tend to
experience unscheduled occupancy. For instance, spaces like meeting rooms and
corridors are perfect for occupancy sensor installation as they are not used
all the time. An occupancy sensor will automatically dim or off the light when
it senses the vacant space. This aids significant energy savings.
Last but not the least, keep the office lighting system and LED
lights clean. Dust and dirt impede the light’s illumination
abilities while lowering its performance. However, make sure to adhere to all
safety and precautionary measures when indulging in a cleaning session.