Energy Saving Strategies for Commercial Office Lighting

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Learn how you can save energy by the smart design of your commercial office lighting.

When trying to meet the needs of an entire facility, it can be difficult to find any strategies for cutting back on energy consumption and costs. Commercial offices require a lot of energy to power lights and devices used throughout the day by employees. Fortunately, there are some things you can do, particularly regarding your office lighting, to save energy and produce a more efficient workspace. Call CMI Lighting professionals to install the best upgrades and most efficient features when upgrading your office lighting. 

Upgrade Your Lighting to LEDs

Fluorescent lighting has often been used in commercial office buildings because of the crisp, clean light that it produces. However, their color can fade over time, and the light can feel harsh during long days of exposure at the office. The most energy-efficient solution is to upgrade your lights to LED bulbs. This fixes problems with color consistency and eye strain. If you aren’t ready to upgrade all of your commercial office lighting, consider the following suggestions for finding the places to focus on first. 

Focus on Hard-to-Maintain Spaces

Think about stairwells, high lobby ceilings, and elevators. It can be very inconvenient to change out bulbs in those locations, and switching to LED means less time spent trying to manage these tricky bulbs. 

Focus on Areas Crucial for Safety 

Lights in your parking lot or garage may use a lot of energy, but you must keep them on to provide visibility and safety. Upgrading to LEDs in these areas means more consistent lighting for a longer period without high energy usage. 

Look for High-Burn Locations

Do you leave your lobby lights on, even when the last employee leaves? Incandescent and halogen bulbs based on these lighting fixtures can be energy vacuums. Change out the lights in these areas where energy savings stack up fast. 

Use Natural Lighting with LEDs

If you have spaces in your office that receive natural light, you won’t need to depend on many light fixtures or bulbs. Utilize daylight where you can to cut back on lighting your office. 

Consider Lighting Controls 

If you have ever driven by an empty office at night and seen all their lights on, you see an office without advanced lighting controls. Leaving lights on all night long may seem most effective because of security reasons and the difficulty of finding all on/off switches for lights. However, this sucks energy quickly and cuts into your bottom line. If you want to find ways to save energy through commercial office lighting controls, consider the following options. 

Occupancy Sensors

These are the most beneficial types of controls. They automatically turn on when someone enters a room and then turn off after a few minutes of inactivity. 


Does everyone leave the office by a certain time? Are there meeting rooms not used in the afternoon? Set a timer for lights that keep them from burning for hours in rooms no one uses. 


You might not think dimmers are an option for commercial office lighting. Still, LEDs and CFLs can be easily paired with dimmers to create a more calming atmosphere, especially in communal, welcoming spaces like the lobby. 

Why Should Pursue Energy Saving Strategies for Your Office? 

Besides the potential cost savings to be enjoyed, a few additional benefits come with pursuing these energy savings strategies for your commercial office. 

  1. Increased Building Value
  2. Increased Building Appea
  3. Reduces Maintenance and Operation Costs

Your commercial office lighting can be a crucial point for energy savings and cost reduction. If you’re ready to pursue these efficient upgrades, contact CMI Lighting today. 


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