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Light the Way to a More Efficient Facility

With­out work­ing lights, facil­i­ties become unsafe and inef­fi­cient. Poor light­ing also hides poten­tial prob­lems with machin­ery and sur­faces and affects everyone’s moods for the worse, hurt­ing a busi­ness’ pro­duc­tiv­i­ty and rep­u­ta­tion. An out­dat­ed, mal­func­tion­ing, or improp­er light­ing set­up can become cost­ly — The U.S. Depart­ment of Ener­gy reports that light­ing sys­tems make up 20% of a com­mer­cial facility’s total ener­gy out­put. For all of these rea­sons, prop­er light­ing sys­tem main­te­nance is essen­tial for all facilities.

Many tasks are involved in keep­ing up a building’s light­ing sys­tems, such as clean­ing, repair work, replace­ment, cal­i­bra­tion, and even paint­ing. The Budd Group's light­ing sys­tem main­te­nance includes the fol­low­ing procedures:

  • Clean­ing light fix­tures annu­al­ly (nor­mal dust accu­mu­la­tion can reduce out­put by 10% each year)
  • Check­ing bal­lasts and their pub­lished bal­last factor
  • Inspect­ing elec­tri­cal components
  • Replac­ing lamps and all oth­er replace­ment com­po­nents with those with the same per­for­mance characteristics
  • Inspect­ing dim­mer pre­sets on a reg­u­lar basis
  • Mechan­i­cal­ly or elec­tron­i­cal­ly recal­i­brat­ing light­ing pre­sets when nec­es­sary so they meet ini­tial requirements
  • Repaint­ing rooms every 2-3 years to max­i­mize reflec­tiv­i­ty and boost visibility

Keeping Track of Your Facility's Lighting Needs

In order to keep track of all of these tasks, facil­i­ties and/​or build­ing main­te­nance providers should have a writ­ten light­ing main­te­nance pol­i­cy in place out­lining key main­te­nance prac­tices to main­tain and opti­mize light­ing sys­tems on a routine basis, such as:

  • Detailed pro­ce­dures for relamp­ing, re-bal­last­ing, clean­ing fixtures, adjust­ing and recal­i­brat­ing con­trols/sen­sors, etc.
  • Sched­ules and logs for clean­ing fix­tures, relamp­ing, etc.
  • Rules for lamp and bal­last disposal
  • Blue­prints of the facil­i­ty and dia­grams of equip­ment and fixtures
  • List of equip­ment and ser­vice provider con­tacts and resources

Lighting System Maintenance Services: The Budd Group Difference

With­out a sec­ond thought, employ­ees, cus­tomers, and guests expect the lights to turn on when a flip is switched. Indeed, light­ing sys­tems are often tak­en for grant­ed, run­ning in the back­ground of nor­mal oper­a­tions. It’s only when lights start to flick­er, fade, or burn out entire­ly that we recall their impor­tance.

At The Budd Group, our approach to facil­i­ty main­te­nance is holis­tic, encom­pass­ing every aspect and com­po­nent that keeps a build­ing and busi­ness safe and suc­cess­ful. This includes light­ing sys­tems main­te­nance, which is designed to max­i­mize bulb longevi­ty and effi­cien­cy, reduce ener­gy costs, and ensure safe­ty. Our providers can han­dle any light­ing sys­tem in any indus­try, and our ser­vices are tai­lor-made for each spe­cif­ic client and their needs.

Whether you require warehouse main­te­nance ser­vices, con­do­mini­um jan­i­to­r­i­al and land­scap­ing, medical office clean­ing — you name it — we have it covered. And you can rest assured your lights will stay on.

Fre­quent­ly Asked Ques­tions about Light­ing Sys­tem Main­te­nance Services

Which Type of Lighting is the Most Efficient?

Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights are by far the most energy-efficient option for lighting any facility, helping to keep costs low.

What Are the Hazards of Poor Lighting in a Facility?

A poorly-lit facility creates numerous safety hazards in the workplace due to decreased visibility. Poor lighting can also harm a business's reputation, decrease worker morale and productivity, and increase energy costs over time.

How Frequently Should a Facility's Lighting Be Inspected?

There is no limit to how often you can check on your facility's lighting, but a good rule of thumb is to examine these lights professionally at least once a year. Emergency lighting systems should be assessed every 30 days and once annually.

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Dane Slaughter, Greenville-Spartanburg Airport District

I have worked with The Budd Group since 2011, and I have been very pleased and impressed with their staff, account managers, and regional support they provide. They have been very prompt to respond if there is an issue with the janitorial services. They provide an exceptional service and understand the importance of greeting our passengers and guests to allow them to have a wonderful experience when traveling. I view their service as a partnership and count on them daily to deliver exceptional quality to our tenants, passengers, staff, and business partners.

Guy Harley, Wake Forest University Health Sciences

The Budd Group provides exceptional custodial services for our campus. We are grateful for their service to our patients, families, visitors, staff and faculty for over 40 years. The Budd Group is very responsive to our requests and needs, and we truly believe in their loyalty and commitment to our success.

Billy D. Smith, Kershaw County School District

I personally have had the best experience and relationship with The Budd Group. From their owner all the way to their day porters, they take great pride in representing the company name, and doing the best job they can. During these unprecedented pandemic times The Budd Group has been flexible and responsive to the changing needs our district has had in every way. With every firm that we have used there have been issues, but no firm has ever been as responsive, and as quick to fix whatever the issue may be as The Budd Group!

Nick Mincey, Orange County Schools

The Budd Group has gone above and beyond in providing custodial services to our district. Following a lengthy RFP process, we as a committee selected them to help our district achieve a new and rejuvenating approach to campus cleaning and facility care. We asked them to take on a difficult task of staffing, and preparing schools for the start of our school year with only 6 weeks of transition time. We all knew it would be difficult at best. However, with the help of their Human Resources department and successful hiring strategies, we were up and running by the time our Staff members began to enter the campuses for the school year.

Blaise Winch, Capsugel

The Budd Group has been providing services to Capsugel for over 6 years. The service provided has been excellent and professional. They perform duties in multiple locations including a manufacturing plant, distribution center, office area, machine shop and fitness center. They clean all of the following types of areas at those various locations: office, bathroom, cafeteria, fitness center, locker room, shipping/receiving and CGMP production areas. As it relates to CGMP experience, they also created a sanitation program for the cGMP areas, maintain and created their own operating instructions, maintain document control and follow all cGMP guidelines for hygiene and documentation.

Susan A. Maddux, Presbyterian College

The Budd Group has become a true partner with Presbyterian College. They have taken the time to fully understand our mission and become a true part of the Blue Hose family. The housekeeping staff often pull off miracles when given very little time to clean a space on campus between events. They work long hours and respond 24/7 to emergencies on campus. The landscaping team has transformed the grounds of the campus such that the college regularly gets positive feedback from those who visit the campus. Before outsourcing to The Budd Group, the college performed these services in house. We have seen significant improvement in both housekeeping and grounds since The Budd Group took over.


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