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Top Things to Consider When Choosing a Commercial Lighting Contractor

Top Things to Consider When Choosing a Commercial Lighting Contractor

By Vanessa Peng

Undergoing a lighting upgrade at your facility can be an overwhelming and confusing project, which is why many companies choose to go with a service provider that can help guide them through the process. A good service provider should assist you from inception to installation of the lighting project, while also providing continued maintenance of the technology. But, how do you know which company to go with and have peace of mind that you are making the right decision? Here are some top tips…

  • Assistance every step of the way. You want a company that will be there for you throughout the entire upgrade process. Some providers will only provide the technology, others only offer installation services. It is best for you and your facility if you choose a company that can be there for you and assist you every step of the way. The ideal lighting service provider should perform an in-depth audit of your facility, have a custom list of replacement products for you, organize the installation, apply for local utility incentives and rebates on your behalf, conduct clean-up and recycling of old material, and provide continued maintenance of the lighting technology.


  • Committed to Your Success. You want to choose a provider that is more concerned about your needs than their bottom line. For example, some commercial lighting providers will offer you products that have higher margins, instead of considering which are best fit for your needs. You want to choose a firm that will consider each and every fixture and situation your facility has and offer industry leading products that align with your energy and sustainability goals.<br>


  • Industry Knowledge. You’ll want a company that knows and understands lighting. A company that has a good grasp of the technology can help you find the right fixtures for every situation as it pertains to product quality or impact on employees. For example, you may want to be able to dim your lights throughout the day, install fixtures that can withstand high heat, or have a motion control system that can save you even more money by allowing you to shut-off fixtures when not in use.<br>


  • Previous Experience. Ask about the company’s previous customers. Find out the scope of the projects they’ve done and if they have experience in industries like yours. For example, you don’t want to choose a provider that has only done gas station and parking garage lighting projects if you run a food manufacturing facility. You can avoid costly downtime or change orders by working with a proven provider.

We hope these tips help you make the right choice. You’ve already made one of the best decisions for your company by considering a LED lighting upgrade. LED lighting has been proven to drastically reduce energy costs and your carbon footprint, while at the same time boosting employee morale and productivity.

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