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Keep Your Lighting Maintenance Procedures Up-To-Date

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” might be a popular adage, but it’s definitely not one that you should apply to your commercial lighting system. Taking a proactive, preventive approach to lighting maintenance can save costs and keep your business running smoothly.

There are numerous ways that lighting system maintenance can help your business:

  • reduce interruptions due to light outages
  • keep productivity levels high
  • keep energy costs low
  • contribute to guest and employee happiness

Check out this post for four tips on keeping your lighting maintenance procedures up-to-date and organized.

Tip #1: Write everything down

Even if you have a regular maintenance staff or have had the same team for years, it’s highly important to keep a physical record of your maintenance schedule.

This ensures that: any new team members can quickly be brought up to speed. It also means that if you work with a different Calgary lighting maintenance company, they can quickly review the history before they begin their work.

You should include general items, such as:

  • relevant instruction manuals
  • blueprints
  • documents outlining relevant procedures
  • Installation procedures
  • safety procedures
    • internal safety procedures
    • any relevant industry or workplace safety regulations
  • Disposal procedures for discarded lamps or materials
  • contact information for maintenance consultants, lighting inspectors

You should also keep records of:

  • maintenance visits
  • any damages or repairs

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Tip #2: Set different maintenance timelines depending on the task

While you may only need a relamping every few years, you should still include general care in your Calgary commercial lighting maintenance schedule. Ideally, all lamps or lenses should be cleaned once or twice a year.

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Tip #3: Don’t Limit Relamping to When Lights Are Burnt Out

Lamps can lose almost one-third of their luminosity over the course of their service life. This means that your Calgary commercial lighting system will be much, much dimmer by the time the box says to replace the lights. For offices, retail locations, and anywhere else lighting is needed for productivity or to showcase merchandise, this can create serious issues.

This is why we recommend having a lighting specialist evaluate your lights over the course of their lifespan.

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Tip #4: Don’t Neglect Testing Safety and Security Systems

Does your Calgary commercial lighting system include emergency lighting? If so, it’s important to regularly test this system, even if it is not used frequently.

According to safety regulations, emergency power equipment needs to be in good working order and tested regularly.

Emergency lighting might be used in:

  • illuminated exit signs
  • main exit routes in an open floor area
  • corridors or hallways

If there is a safety audit and your fixtures aren’t operating or there are no records of testing on hand, the result could be, at best, a fine. At worst, an actual emergency could occur, which could have devastating results.


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To keep your commercial lighting system running smoothly, don’t hesitate to give our team a call. We’d be happy to help you set up a maintenance schedule, and provide regular inspections and repairs. To get in touch, give us a call at 403-863-8529 or fill in our online contact form.


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