How to Upgrade Your Commercial Building’s Electrical Infrastructure

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Upgrading your commercial building’s electrical infrastructure can provide you with improved performance and safety.

As technology advances, commercial buildings must be able to keep up with these advancements by upgrading their electrical infrastructure. An outdated electrical system can be inefficient, costly, and even dangerous for your building. If you own a commercial property, it is important to regularly assess your electrical system’s condition and upgrade it when necessary. At CMI Lighting, we can periodically inspect your electrical system and perform the required updates. You can trust your electrician to perform the following tasks that upgrade your commercial building’s electrical infrastructure. 

Conduct an Electrical Audit

The first step to take before making any upgrades is to assess your current electrical system’s condition. An electrical audit will involve reviewing your electrical infrastructure’s performance and safety. A professional electrician from CMI Lighting can evaluate your system’s capacity, identify code violations, and recommend upgrades to improve safety and efficiency. 

Upgrade Electrical Panels

If your building’s electrical panels are outdated, upgrading them is a worthy investment. Upgraded electrical panels can handle a higher electrical load and reduce the risk of electrical fires and injuries. Modern panels include ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) and arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCI). Modern systems also have surge protectors that protect your electrical system from damage from power surges, short circuits, and other hazards. 

Install Energy-Efficient Lighting 

Replacing old lights with energy-efficient options is a relatively straightforward way to upgrade your commercial building’s electrical infrastructure. Upgrading your lighting is not only environmentally friendly but can save you money on utility bills. LEDs are often a great option, as they consume less energy and last longer than traditional fluorescent bulbs. LEDs also emit less heat, so they will not produce as much heat gain in your facility. 

Upgrade Electrical Wiring

Sometimes when upgrading your commercial building’s electrical infrastructure, you must replace the wiring. Over time, electrical wiring can become frayed or damaged, which increases the risk of electrical hazards like fires and short circuits. Upgrading your wiring can improve your system’s performance and safety. Modern wiring is more efficient and can handle higher electrical loads. Additionally, upgrading your wiring is sometimes necessary for your building to meet the latest electrical code standards. 

Install Backup Power Systems

Power outages can be highly disruptive and expensive for commercial buildings. When you install backup power systems like generators and uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), you can ensure that your building’s critical systems function during outages. Backup power systems can also protect sensitive equipment from damage that results from power fluctuations. 

Upgrading your commercial building’s electrical infrastructure is critical for improving efficiency and safety. If you don’t know where to start, call your local commercial electrician at CMI Lighting. 


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