Lighting is the single biggest energy user in a typical workplace, but knowing when to turn off the lights can help.
Nothing else uses more energy in the vast majority of workplaces in the United States than lighting; not water, computers or even cooling. Turning off the lights can help you save, but how much you can save and when to turn off the lights largely depends on what kind of light bulbs you have. The following is a list from our energy management experts of when to turn off the lights with different lighting systems:
If you have incandescent lights, you should turn them off as often as possible because these lights are the most inefficient options on the market. As an extra bonus, turning off your incandescent lights will also keep your workplace cooler since 90 percent of the energy they use actually goes to the heat they generate.
While halogen lights are more efficient than incandescent lights, they can’t compare to CFLs or LEDs, so turn them off whenever you do not need them.
It’s a good thing that CFLs are incredibly efficient because their operating life is actually affected by how often you switch them on and off. Turning these lights on and off less frequently will extend their life, so you should leave them on if you aren’t planning on being gone for more than 15 minutes.
LEDs, much like CFLs, are extremely efficient, but unlike CFLs, their operating life is not affected by turning them on and off. This means that you can safely turn them on and off as much your heart desires!
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