LIGHTING MAINTENANCE POLICY FOR YOUR BUILDING
Studies suggest that lighting costs account for more than 20 percent of total energy consumption of commercial buildings. Yet, most of the commercial buildings do not consider it necessary to have a proper lighting maintenance policy. All they do is replace the burned-out lighting fixtures with new ones but they never consider about other aspects of maintenance. This, in the long run cost them a good amount of money because the ill-maintained lighting system requires the replacement of lights and other fixtures more often than the properly maintained system. In addition, improper lighting maintenance can indirectly be a cause of decreased labor productivity. It is therefore, in the long term interest of commercial building users to devise and follow a detailed lighting maintenance policy.
A Lighting maintenance policy is a guiding document containing rules, regulations and procedures which are to be followed in order to keep the lighting system well maintained. It covers both routine maintenance procedures as well as the annual plans for enhancing the lighting system such as by retrofits or annual re-lamping.
The Lighting maintenance policy may contain various clauses and elements depending on the building requirements. However, a properly developed lighting maintenance policy for a common commercial building consists of the following basic components
- Building Drawings And Original Lighting System Plan: The policy document includes the maps and detailed drawing of the building as well as the electrical wiring and lighting system plans. Lighting policy is drafted on the basis of these drawings and plans.
- Contact Details Of Trusted Services And Equipment Providers: The lighting maintenance policy contains a list of the tested vendors and service providers so that they may be contacted in future whenever the need arises.
- Building Lighting Schedule: The policy contains detailed schedule for building lighting and recommends when and which lights should be turned on and turned off. This also covers the day light saving schedules as well as the night time lighting plans for outdoor areas like lawn and yard.
- Cleaning Schedule And Procedure For Lighting Fixtures: Dirt accumulation on and inside the bubs and lamps considerably reduces their brightness. The cleaning of these fixtures is therefore highly imperative. Lighting maintenance policy contains clear directions as to how and how often should the lighting fixtures be cleaned.
- Re-Lamping And Re-Ballasting Schedule And Procedure: Re-lamping and re-ballasting is very important for keeping the lighting system cost and energy efficient. The lighting maintenance policy provides guidelines about the time span after which the re-lamping and/or re-ballasting should be performed. It also provides detailed procedures to follow while re-lamping and re-ballasting.
- Disposal Plans For Lighting Fixtures: Various lighting fixtures such as Fluorescent tubes and mercury lamps contain mercury which makes them hazardous for regular disposal. Moreover, ballasts of lighting fixtures also contain harmful substances called polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Therefore, Environment Canada prohibits disposal of these lighting fixtures as regular waste and has given guidelines for their proper disposal. The lighting maintenance policy incorporates the proper disposal plans in line with the guidelines provided by the Environment Canada.
In short, a well developed and regularly followed lighting maintenance policy makes the life much easier because of the increased reliability of lighting system, energy efficiency as well as cost savings. So, now that you know about the significance and comforts of having a lighting maintenance policy, would you still opt to run your lighting system without it?