Electricity is one of the largest expenses in a commercial office building. Whether you’re the building owner or a tenant that is occupying a large space, it is good business to look for ways to reduce your energy consumption. For a building owner it means lower utility costs, a more energy efficient, and desirable building. For a tenant, if you have a triple net lease (NNN), that means lower operating costs. For our project, we are looking to reduce our electricity consumption by at least 30%. In addition to receiving the benefits listed above, we will also earn LEED points toward our certification.
One way we are reducing energy is by using energy efficient commercial light fixtures. Initially, I thought that energy efficient light would be poor light quality with an ugly commercial looking lense cover. I was pleasantly surprised to find this is not true. The light fixture we selected is attractive with a contemporary appearance. The smart design uses both a high performance ballast and lamp which provides a combination of direct and indirect light. What I really like about the light fixture is that it looks great, the fluorescent lamps are not visible, and feels like more comfortable light with no glare.