Lighting Up Your Business

By Keith L. Epps

 

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Keith Epps, Student Centers Building Supervisor

At a work location, lighting accounts for 20 to 50 percent of electricity consumption.

Lighting is changing rapidly, with new efficient or improved technologies available every year. Whether you’re constructing a new building or upgrading existing lighting in locations, keep these two factors in mind:

Daylighting: Having well designed lighting, including natural day lighting, enhances visual comfort, reduces eye fatigue and improves performance, which can lead to higher productivity.

Aesthetics: Quality lighting makes spaces pleasant and inviting for employees and customers, opening the door to lower absenteeism and more business. Coupled with energy savings, these benefits can make today’s lighting technologies a profitable investment.

You can see how lighting impacts a work area at the Johnson Center information kiosks, where reflective lighting creates a more friendly atmosphere.

When you take advantage of the most recent and advanced energy-efficient lighting, lighting sources, fixtures and controls, you could save as much as 50 percent on lighting energy. Having a good design and energy-efficient lighting typically will pay for itself in energy savings within a couple of years.

Choosing energy-efficient lighting offers other benefits, including reducing the load lighting puts on air conditioning, ventilation, refrigeration and your overall electrical system. Explore all your options for lighting up your business.

Green Tip of the Month: Clean dust from under your refrigerator (even the small fridge in your residence hall room), base of vent and exposed coils in the back; don’t make your fridge work so hard!!!!

Tenant Highlight: The Women and Gender Studies Center

Women and Gender Studies Office Located in Johnson Center 240K, the Women and Gender Studies Center is the main office, lounge, and resource library of the Women and Gender Studies Program at George Mason University.

The Center is committed to educating the public about gender issues and to be an advocate for research and scholarship. They put on numerous programs during the Fall and Spring semesters, including film screenings, dialogues and open mics! Check out their website or Facebook page for updates about upcoming events.

Make sure to visit them in JC 240K to see all that Women and Genders Studies Center has to offer!