The lowest initial cost rarely results in a suitable long-term solution. There are dozens of ways to shortcut the quality that goes into a lighting project, many which will only become evident years in the future. All too often facility managers find themselves dealing with substandard installation and safety practices as well as under-performing system designs. Be wary of contractors who advance an overly simplistic payback analysis or only offer retrofit options with low initial costs. Your lighting project is a long-term (once in a career) investment, and there is a tremendous opportunity to gain long-term energy savings and facility improvements through a well-thought-out approach with the right lighting partner.
Inaccurate Energy Savings Calculations
Using average energy cost is an acceptable way to get a snapshot of potential energy savings for a lighting project. However, when it comes to evaluating interior or exterior lighting projects for capital investment, using average energy cost is rarely an acceptable method. In certain situations, using average energy costs will result in overestimating or underestimating energy savings by fifty percent or more. An investment grade energy study prepared by Waypoint will always use actual kW and kWh cost to project future energy savings. Waypoint Lighting will request copies of recent electric bills to ensure what cost should be used in energy savings calculations. It may even be necessary to acquire twelve months of billing history to understand how seasonal variations in rate structure affect electric energy cost.
There are many factors that go into specifying the correct fixture for a particular application. To select an LED fixture or lamp, a lighting expert should consider environmental conditions such as ambient temperature, moisture, chemicals (including chemicals used in cleaning supplies), whether the fixture is open or enclosed and the required CRI (color rendering index). In other words, there is no "one size fits all" lamp or fixture. If the wrong component is chosen for the application, the life of the LED fixture or lamp may be diminished and lead to unnecessary maintenance expenses.
Poorly designed and low quality lighting products may reduce the initial cost of a project, but hidden problems down the road could end up costing substantially more than the initial savings. Waypoint Lighting buys from trusted manufacturing partners who produce quality products and stand behind their warranties.
Existing emergency or egress lighting systems are not compatible with LED technology. Because of this, emergency fixtures require special consideration to maintain suitable operation. Waypoint takes special care to assess the existing emergency lighting and install LED compatible components. Many of our clients have had contractors who simply ignored the emergency lighting and left the old inefficient emergency system in place. Worse yet, there is a real industry problem with unscrupulous contractors disabling emergency lighting, leaving facility owners vulnerable to occupant injury or worse.
Cherry picking is a term in the lighting industry referring to retrofitting only the easiest and most profitable areas of a lighting system. Many complicated or hard to reach fixtures are purposely skipped, leaving a customer with an incomplete retrofit. The skipped fixtures will then have to be replaced after the fact costing more time and money. Waypoint makes sure that all the lighting in a facility is documented in the initial survey in order to complete a comprehensive retrofit. Below are lights that were missed in a competitor's retrofit project...