Your Lighting Maintenance Budget

If you’re a facilities manager (FM) looking after a wide range of services for large corporate organisations the task of managing budgets can often become time consuming and traumatic. From my findings the majority of FM’s seem to enter into fixed term contracts because they seem like value for money, and why not there haven’t been any other viable or cost effective solutions put into place to suggest otherwise until now.

We’ve changed that though by implementing a new approach to outsourcing lighting maintenance based on a “pay as you go” business model. In addition our lamps and lighting components are sourced directly from manufacturers which allow us to offer such competitive lamp prices. Rates and lamp prices are agreed at the start of business and based on the size and number of sites for regular maintenance and lamp supply. From then on it is simply a case of your site managers informing us when we need to visit a site to rectify a reoccurring problem.

There are additional ways to manage and keep your lighting maintenance budgets down. In order for this to happen site managers can perform several procedures to ensure the optimum performance of lighting systems:

  • Pay as you go business model – switching from a long fixed term contract to our competitive and reliable pay as you go business model you could bring your budget down.
  • Using correct lamps – while using alternative unbranded lamps may seem more cost effective, they can have different performance characteristics.
  • Clean fixtures annually – a fixtures output can diminish by 10 percent a year just from dust accumulation, even in the cleanest of environments.
  • Ensuring components match the original –New ballasts and transformers etc should all have the same performance characteristics to equal each lamp.

Energy Saving Lighting Maintenance

In today’s climate, many organisations are seeking tangible ways to reduce unnecessary expenditure, particularly as they will have to make payments according to their level of carbon emissions (in line with the government’s carbon reduction commitment targets). It is therefore prudent and timely to consider installing energy efficient lighting systems supported by regular maintenance programs.

Daylight and occupancy sensors provide a cost-effective solution to traditional installations and there are now cheaper, more competitive installation systems for back office areas. Utilising newer technologies such as the 35W CDM-T lamp can provide substantial energy savings, and with regular maintenance and service regimes, modern lighting installations can reduce capital investments as well as energy costs.