03 Apr How an Induction Lighting Company Can Help Multi-Family Housing
It’s estimated that somewhere in the region of 420,000 multi-family housing units will need to be constructed in the United States each year to cope with population growth. All of which will need to comply with increasingly stringent energy-efficiency standards. Aside from new properties, over half of the existing multi-family units are over 30 years old, which means due for upgrades in lighting and other systems.
The opportunity for energy cost savings in residential dwellings is huge. By simply replacing a single fixture in a kitchen, bathroom and hallway with energy efficient lighting, one residential unit can achieve savings of up to $30 annually on electricity. In the common areas of multi-family facilities too, significant savings can be achieved by installing energy efficient lighting fixtures.
Induction Lighting in Residential Buildings
Induction lighting in itself is not new technology. In fact it’s been around for well over a century. However, new technology has enhanced the capabilities of this well-established light source as well as its popularity. The demand is now sufficient to have brought about the founding of induction lighting companies, specializing chiefly in the supply and installation of induction lights in commercial and residential buildings.
Now these induction lighting companies and multi-family residential organizations are starting to get into bed together, working in partnership to derive savings in residential buildings while reducing environmental impact. Induction lighting works well alongside LED technology to provide cheaper, sustainable light sources for new housing installations as well as retrofits. Although LED is becoming the most commonly adopted of the newest energy-efficient light sources, there are some applications for which induction lighting is more suitable, especially when the aesthetics of lighting fixtures isn’t the highest priority. Induction lighting fixtures are, admittedly less visually appealing as their LED or even conventional fluorescent counterparts.
Suitable Applications for Induction Lighting
In multi-family residences, Induction lighting is particularly suited to use in high-ceiling areas, where the fixtures themselves are unlikely to be noticed. A further benefit of using induction lighting in these areas, such as stairwells, is that their long life and low maintenance requirements mean access to the fixtures is rarely required. The light provided by these fixtures is also more natural than older types of lighting and makes for improved visibility and safety on stairwells. The light is also more appealing in these areas which can otherwise appear rather austere.
Similarly, in basements where natural looking light can provide a more welcoming environment, but where decorative fixtures aren’t required, induction lighting fits the bill. For outside lighting too, such as in driveways, induction lighting has the right qualities for bright and reliable illumination. For this reason, induction lighting companies are often called on to install outside lighting, especially in climates where very low temperatures are regularly encountered.
Meanwhile, in the middle ground between outside and inside, parking garages can be lit with induction lighting. The controllability of this light source, along with its low energy consumption can greatly reduce the energy costs for parking areas. When combined with timers and proximity sensors, induction lighting can be dimmed or even switched off when garages are unoccupied.
Benefits of Induction Lights versus Fluorescents
By contracting with an induction lighting company, managers of multi-family residences can benefit from a number of advantages which these lights have over conventional fluorescent lamps. Maintenance costs for example can be reduced. Fluorescent lighting has a lifespan of around 20,000 hours, induction lighting 100,000 hours. Over a ten year period, the difference in replacement costs can amount to many hundreds of dollars.
With reference to lighting brightness, a color-rendering index is used to measure a light source’s capabilities. The higher the color-rendering index rating, the brighter and more colorful the light source. Fluorescent lights have a color-rendering rating of around 85 CRI, whereas induction lights are rated at 90 CRI or greater. This brighter, more colorful and natural light is provided with less consumption of power than fluorescents, which creates a winning opportunity for residents and property owners alike.
The initial cost of installing induction lights is higher than fluorescents. A specialist induction lighting company is needed to correctly plan and execute installations. However the payback period of the investment is short, due to the energy and maintenance savings gained. Moreover, residential housing owners can often receive tax benefits and utility company rebates in return for fitting these energy efficient lights.
An induction lighting company may well offer financing to enable installation of fixtures and lamps without any out-of-pocket expense. This type of financing is particularly attractive, as repayments can be funded through the energy cost savings. Illuminex for example, offers such a scheme for installation of induction and LED lighting in residential locations. If you are a multi-family residence owner or manager and would like to know more, contact us today and our team will be happy to help you.