Light Bulb and Ballast Changings

Commercial lighting has several implications for a business’s bottom line, profit margin, and overall safety. Not only do these lights make up about a third of a business’s energy costs, but they also contribute to the experience of customers and employees alike, since different levels and types of lighting give off different impressions. For instance, manufacturing plants often rely on bright lighting to ensure accuracy and safety, while restaurants and boutique shops might implement softer, dimmer lights to create a welcoming atmosphere.

Light bulb and ballast changing services are among the many commercial janitorial services offered by The Budd Group. Our team of professionals aims to help businesses reduce their energy output, increase workplace safety, and utilize the right lighting for their specific needs.

What are Ballasts?

Most people are familiar with light bulbs, but fewer know about ballasts. Simply put, ballasts are electronic or electromagnetic devices that help regulate the voltage output of certain kinds of bulbs, such as fluorescent and high-intensity discharge (HID) lights. These types of lights draw a lot of electrical current, meaning they burn bright, hot, and fast. A ballast limits this energy use, not only saving a business money, but also preserving the life of the light and taming it for safety reasons. Ballast replacement is included in The Budd Group’s commercial building janitorial services.

Different Types of Bulbs and Lighting

There are various kinds of bulbs a business might use, each with differences in efficiency, brightness, heat output, etc. The Budd Group is equipped to work with all types of lighting, including:

  • Incandescent Bulbs
  • Fluorescent Lights
  • Halogen Bulbs
  • LED Lights
  • HID Bulbs
  • Metal Halide Lights

Ballasts aren’t necessary for all types of lighting (i.e. incandescent, LED), but they’re needed for a number of bulb types, such as fluorescent lights, HID bulbs, and metal halide lamps.

Why Replacing Bulbs and Ballasts Matters

Replacing bulbs and ballasts is an essential part of building maintenance. Modern lighting systems can last a long time. However, over time, bulbs will need to be changed. This is partly a matter of aesthetics, as flickering, fading, and discolored lights can harm a business’s look and atmosphere. But more importantly, replacing old bulbs and ballasts is a matter of safety and energy preservation. Waiting too long to replace lights can lead to overheating, explosions, electrical failure, and more. Older lights also tend to use more energy than newer lights, increasing a business’ energy costs.

When it’s time to change out bulbs and ballasts, leave it to professional janitorial services. The Budd Group can properly remove, install, and help maintain every kind of lighting system.

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