Tips for Relamping
RELAMPING CAN BE AN EXPENSIVE
PROCESS, BUT IT DOESN’T NEED TO
BREAK THE BANK
forms of maintenance. Performing lamp
changes simultaneously and including other
services will significantly cut back the number of maintenance calls you make and the
money you spend.
The quality of your lighting will also
improve under a group relamping approach.
According to ENERGY STAR, “Group relamp-
ing provides brighter and more uniform
lighting because it gets rid of lamps before
they are at the end of their lumen deprecia-
Because relamping occurs on a large scale
with this process, lighting is more consistent
throughout a facility. Where spot relamp-
ing would render some lights stronger than
others or put together incompatible lamps,
group relamping provides even lighting,
which can contribute to better occupant
comfort and productivity.
2) LIFECYCLE COST
If you are having difficulty selecting the
right light bulbs for your facility, it might help
to identify the costliness of your potential
options. Thus, a lifecycle cost analysis might
help you determine what lamps might be
best for replacement.
Performing a lifecycle cost analysis can
be helpful to identify the long- and short-
term prospects of certain lighting systems.
Penn State University identifies two common
scenarios that often arise under these cir-
costs will be low over its lifetime.
b) The initial cost to buy a bulb or a system
and the energy or maintenance costs may
be low, but the useful life of such a bulb or
system may be short.
Your response to these two scenarios – or
perhaps one in between them – will likely
depend on the disposable budget you have
to put upfront. The longevity and energy
efficiency of the more expensive bulbs will
provide a more lucrative ROI but may not be
feasible if you are unable to fully invest in the
most energy-efficient bulbs. Seeing the actual numbers through a lifecycle cost analysis
can help you make that decision.
Rebates for new lamps can significantly
reduce the cost of relamping. Typically,
the most helpful rebates you can find for
replacement are those that specifically provide money back on particular lamps.
Depending on your location, your utility
and state or local government might provide
lamp-specific rebates. Especially when you
are replacing a large quantity of lamps in
your facility, rebates can rack up significant
savings for a task that is unavoidable for
For more information about finding
rebates, check out “Finding Rebates and
Incentives for Lighting Upgrades” on
Justin Feit firstname.lastname@example.org is
assistant editor of BUILDINGS.
Lighting changes and maintenance costs can spiral out of control if you do not have a strong plan for relamping. Here are a few tips to lighten the financial load of
relamping your facility.
1) GROUP RELAMPING
At first consideration, performing spot
relamping might seem like the more affordable choice, as you are only replacing lamps
when they are needed. However, changing
your approach to group relamping ultimately
saves you more money.
Group relamping will cut down on labor
time and cost because you are replacing
lights in a single process. Any maintenance
staff that is scheduled to perform group
relamping will be prepared with the proper
materials in advance and will more efficiently
move from lamp to lamp with a plan in
place. Moreover, group relamping typically
takes place outside of working hours, further
reducing labor time and workplace disruption, explains ENERGY STAR.
Group relamping also offers the opportunity to conduct other maintenance activities
at the same time, such as inspecting and
cleaning other lighting system components.
In fact, most relamping services offer other
time and costs
bulbs are changed