Unlocking Energy Savings: The Role of Omni Commercial Lighting in Incentive Programs

Managing energy expenses for businesses can be daunting, from initial investments to ongoing utility bills. However, numerous energy incentive programs across Illinois offer opportunities for cost reduction and efficiency enhancement. Omni Commercial Lighting collaborates with retrofitting and energy efficiency firms to support clients in meeting their energy goals affordably.

Understanding Energy Incentives

Energy incentives encompass various financial benefits such as rebates, reimbursements, or special funding aimed at encouraging businesses to adopt sustainable energy practices. These initiatives cover a range of areas, including renewable energy adoption and energy efficiency upgrades.

How Do Energy Incentives Work?

To qualify for energy incentives, businesses typically need to meet specific criteria outlined by the program and apply for the incentives, grants, or rebates. Utility companies often administer these programs and may offer additional support such as training and guidance on energy-efficient practices.

Illinois Utility Programs

Illinois utility companies like ComEd, Ameren Energy, and MidAmerican Energy Company administer a plethora of incentive programs:

ComEd’s Smart Ideas Initiative: Offers various incentives for energy-efficient upgrades, including lighting, HVAC systems, and data center equipment.

Ameren Energy’s Act On Energy Program: Provides rebates for lighting, HVAC, and other energy-saving measures, along with feasibility studies and retro-commissioning services.

MidAmerican Energy Company’s Energy Advantage Initiative: Offers incentives for new construction projects, energy assessments, and industrial energy optimization.

Exploring Your Options

Beyond utility-run programs, there are additional resources such as the IMEA Electric Efficiency Program and North Shore Gas Energy Efficiency program. Organizations can also explore state-funded initiatives that support community projects and technology upgrades.

Making a Difference

Participating in energy incentive programs not only helps businesses save money but also contributes to broader environmental and community goals. Many programs offer incentives for projects benefiting lower-income communities or upgrading outdated technology for improved efficiency.

Take Action Today

For businesses operating in Illinois, Omni Commercial Lighting offers guidance on renewable energy initiatives and leveraging local incentives for commercial lighting projects. Contact us to learn more about optimizing energy use and reducing costs for your organization.

Bright Ideas: A Guide to Deterring Birds from Nesting and Perching on Commercial Lighting

Omni Commercial Lighting caters to the lighting needs of retail, commercial, and diverse industrial facilities, offering solutions for both interior and exterior spaces. During a recent service call, our team addressed a malfunctioning outdoor night light at a client’s location. Despite the recent installation of new LEDs, issues were observed with interior lighting fixtures and emergency lighting.

Upon inspection, our technicians identified a tripped circuit breaker that had disrupted the operation of wall packs and canopy lights. The root cause was traced to multiple birds nesting in the Southwest corner of the canopy fixtures, causing damage to the wires and resulting in a short circuit. Our team promptly removed the nests, repaired the damaged wires, and successfully restored the lighting.

Preventing birds from nesting in these fixtures is crucial for various reasons. Here are images depicting the nests and the damaged wires.

The final four pictures showcase two potential solutions to address this issue.

The first option involves installing a retrofit LED can light into the existing fixture, eliminating any entry points for birds. The second option proposes the use of an LED flood lamp to occupy the space, aiming to deter birds from accessing the fixture.

Our team was able to identify and resolve the issue with birds nesting in the outdoor lighting fixtures. Retrofitting outdoor lights can indeed be an effective and humane way to deter birds from causing disruptions. The options mentioned, such as installing retrofit LED can lights or using LED flood lamps, are practical solutions.

Here are some additional considerations and suggestions for implementing these retrofitting options:

  1. LED Can Lights:
    • Choose a retrofit LED can light that is specifically designed to be bird-resistant. Some products come with built-in features to prevent birds from nesting or perching.
    • Ensure that the retrofit solution is compatible with the existing fixtures and wiring. Professional installation may be necessary for seamless integration.
  2. LED Flood Lamps:
    • Select LED flood lamps with a focused beam to effectively illuminate the area while minimizing light spillage and attracting fewer insects, which can also be a draw for birds.
    • Consider using motion sensors or timers in conjunction with LED flood lamps to control when the lights are active, further discouraging birds during their peak activity times.
  3. Maintenance Routine:
    • Implement a regular maintenance routine to inspect and clean the fixtures. This can help prevent future bird nesting issues and ensure the longevity of the retrofit solutions.
    • Periodically check for any signs of wear and tear or damage to the retrofit components.
  4. Compliance with Regulations:
    • Ensure that any retrofitting measures comply with local regulations and safety standards. This includes electrical codes and any environmental considerations related to bird protection.
  5. Communication with Clients:
    • Communicate with clients about the benefits of retrofitting for bird deterrence and explain the chosen solutions. Providing information on the potential harm caused to birds and the importance of responsible practices can raise awareness.
  6. Adaptability:
    • Choose retrofit solutions that are adaptable to different types of fixtures and locations. This can be especially important when dealing with a variety of outdoor lighting setups in retail, commercial, and industrial facilities.
  7. Testing and Monitoring:
    • Test the effectiveness of the retrofit solutions and monitor the area for any signs of bird activity. Adjustments may be needed based on the specific behaviors of local bird populations.

By incorporating these considerations, your team can enhance the success of the retrofitting measures and contribute to a more bird-friendly environment while maintaining effective lighting for your clients’ needs.

Common Causes of Flickering Lights in Commercial Spaces

Flickering lights in commercial spaces can be a common issue, and they can be caused by various factors. Addressing flickering lights is important not only for the comfort of occupants but also for safety and productivity. Here are some common causes and solutions:

  1. Faulty Bulbs or Tubes: This is one of the most common reasons for flickering lights. Bulbs or tubes may be loose or defective. Ensure that bulbs and tubes are properly seated and secure. Replace any faulty bulbs or tubes.
  2. Loose Wiring: Loose wiring in the electrical system can cause flickering lights. Check for any loose connections in the wiring and tighten them. If you are not familiar with electrical work, it’s advisable to hire a qualified electrician.
  3. Voltage Fluctuations: Inconsistent voltage from the power source can lead to flickering lights. Install voltage stabilizers or regulators to maintain a steady voltage. Contact your utility provider if voltage fluctuations persist.
  4. Ballast Issues (for Fluorescent Lights): Faulty ballasts in fluorescent lights can cause flickering. Replace the ballast with a new and compatible one.
  5. Dimmer Switch Compatibility: Incompatibility between certain types of light bulbs and dimmer switches can cause flickering. Ensure that the bulbs used are compatible with the dimmer switch. Consider upgrading to dimmable LED bulbs if necessary.
  6. Overloaded Circuits: Overloaded circuits can lead to voltage fluctuations and flickering lights. Distribute electrical loads evenly across circuits. If needed, consider installing additional circuits to reduce the load.
  7. Electromagnetic Interference: Electronic devices or machinery emitting electromagnetic interference can impact lighting. Identify and relocate electronic devices that may be causing interference. Use shielded wiring to minimize the impact.
  8. Issues with the Electrical Panel: Problems with the electrical panel, such as a damaged breaker, can result in flickering lights. Consult with a qualified electrician to inspect and, if necessary, repair or replace components in the electrical panel.
  9. Poor Quality Light Fixtures: Low-quality or damaged light fixtures may lead to flickering. Upgrade to high-quality fixtures and ensure they are properly installed.

If you are unable to identify or resolve the issue on your own, it’s recommended to seek the assistance of a licensed electrician. Electrical issues can pose safety hazards, and professional expertise is crucial for a thorough assessment and proper resolution.

Omni Commercial Lighting stands as a comprehensive lighting service provider, boasting a team of top-tier electricians and lighting specialists in the field. Coupling the latest tools and technology, with an extensive stock of lamps, ballasts, and electrical components, we guarantee swift and efficient resolutions for all of your lighting and electrical requirements. Contact us today!

Short Winter Days Call for Safe Reliable Outdoor Commercial Lighting

It is that time of year when daylight dwindles, enveloping waking hours in darkness. You might discover yourself waking before the sun, toiling throughout the day bathed in artificial light, and departing your essential workplace or home office well after sunset. Short winter days with limited daylight can pose challenges for outdoor commercial spaces. Insufficient lighting can impact safety, security, and overall functionality. Here are several reasons why safe and reliable outdoor commercial lighting is crucial during the winter months:

Visibility and Safety:

Inadequate lighting reduces visibility, increasing the risk of accidents and injuries in parking lots, walkways, and other outdoor areas. Proper lighting helps employees, customers, and visitors navigate the premises safely, preventing slips, trips, and falls.


Longer nights provide more opportunities for criminal activities. Well-lit outdoor areas act as a deterrent to crime by increasing the chances of detection and identification. Adequate lighting around entrances, parking lots, and building perimeters enhances security measures, discouraging potential intruders.

Employee Productivity:

Well-lit outdoor spaces contribute to a positive work environment, boosting employee morale and productivity. Proper lighting in outdoor break areas allows employees to take breaks comfortably during the shorter daylight hours. 

Customer Experience:

Outdoor lighting is essential for retail businesses, as it enhances the overall customer experience and encourages foot traffic during evening hours. Illuminated storefronts and well-lit parking lots make customers feel safer and more comfortable, promoting a positive perception of the business. 

Compliance with Regulations:

Many municipalities have regulations regarding outdoor lighting levels, especially in commercial areas. Given that certain streetlights will be near or situated on residential property, it may be necessary to gauge trespass levels from building fronts or alternative setbacks, rather than strictly relying on property lines. Ensuring compliance helps businesses avoid fines and legal issues.

Energy Efficiency:

Investing in energy-efficient outdoor lighting solutions can help businesses reduce energy costs and minimize their environmental impact. LED lighting, in particular, is a cost-effective and energy-efficient option for commercial outdoor spaces.

Maintaining Visibility of Signage:

Proper lighting ensures that signs, including business signage, are visible and legible during the darker hours. This is crucial for attracting customers and maintaining brand visibility.

Operational Continuity:

Adequate outdoor lighting supports the smooth operation of outdoor equipment and facilities, preventing accidents and interruptions to business activities. 

Adaptability to Weather Conditions:

Outdoor lighting should be designed to withstand winter weather conditions, such as snow and ice. This ensures the reliability and durability of the lighting system throughout the season.

By addressing these considerations, businesses can create a safe, secure, and welcoming environment during the shorter days of winter, ultimately contributing to the overall success of their operations.

The next time you venture into the night, observe the outdoor lighting that guides your way! Not only do these lights enhance your safety, but they also foster a welcoming atmosphere for everyone during the chilly winter months. Omni Commercial Lighting caters to the interior and exterior lighting requirements of your retail, commercial, and industrial facilities. Equipped with fully stocked service vehicles and boom trucks capable of reaching all heights, our aim is to provide unparalleled service and value in the commercial lighting industry. Contact us to help light the way!

Preparing Your Exterior Lighting for Winter

As winter approaches, it’s essential for businesses to ensure that their commercial exterior lighting is ready to face the challenges of colder temperatures, shorter days, and inclement weather. Well-lit exteriors not only enhance the safety and security of your premises but also can contribute to a welcoming and aesthetically pleasing atmosphere for your customers and employees.

In this blog, we will guide and walk you through the steps to prepare your commercial exterior’s lighting for winter, ensuring it continues to shine brightly even in the harshest conditions.

Inspect & Clean

Begin by conducting a thorough inspection of all your exterior lighting fixtures. Look for any signs of damage, corrosion, or wear and tear. Clean each fixture, removing dirt, debris, and any accumulated grime. Pay close attention to the lenses and covers to ensure they are clear and unobstructed, allowing for maximum light output. 

Check Electrical Components

Examine the wiring, connections, and electrical components of your lighting system. Cold temperatures can exacerbate electrical issues, so it’s crucial to identify and address any potential problems before winter sets in. Tighten loose connections, replace damaged wires, and ensure all components are weatherproofed to prevent damage caused by moisture.

Switch to LED Lighting

Consider upgrading your commercial exterior lighting to energy-efficient LED bulbs. LED lights are not only more environmentally friendly but also perform better in cold weather compared to tradition incandescent or fluorescent bulbs. They are more durable, have a longer lifespan, and provide consistent illumination even in freezing temperatures.

Adjust Timers and Controls

With winter comes shorter days, so it’s essential to adjust the timers and controls of your exterior lighting system accordingly. Ensure that lights are programmed to turn on earlier in the evening and stay on longer through the morning hours to accommodate the extended darkness. Additionally, check the accuracy of your timers and adjust them as needed to maintain optimal lighting conditions.

Install Motion Sensors

To enhance energy efficiency, consider installing motion sensors for areas with less frequent foot traffic. Motion sensors can detect movement and activate lighting only as needed, thereby reducing unnecessary energy consumption. This not only helps save on energy costs but also ensures that your lighting system is operating efficiently during the winter months.

Protect Fixtures from Snow and Ice

Snow and ice can accumulate on lighting fixtures, affecting their performance. It’s important to install snow guards or shields to protect your fixtures from a buildup of snow and ice. This will help maintain clear and unobstructed lighting, ensuring that your exterior remains well-lit and safe for both pedestrians and vehicles.

Schedule Regular Maintenance

Establish a routine maintenance schedule throughout the winter months. By staying proactive with maintenance, you can prevent minor problems from escalating into major issues that could disrupt your exterior lighting during the winter season.

Preparing your commercial exterior lighting for winter is essential and proactive to ensure the safety, security, and aesthetics of your business premises. By following these steps and investing in the proper maintenance (like contacting us) you’ll not only enhance the longevity and efficiency of your lighting system but also create a welcoming and well-lit environment for everyone during the colder months. Illuminate the winter nights with a well-prepared and resilient commercial exterior lighting system.

It’s Time for Exterior Light Inspections & Audits.

It’s that time of year again where summer is coming to an end, fall is around the corner, is your exterior lighting ready for the sun to set sooner? It’s important to start preparing your exterior lighting for fall, scheduling a lighting audit, and setting your timers.

What is a Lighting Audit?

Before we dive into the importance of a lighting audit and exterior lighting inspections during this time of year, we should cover what a lighting audit is. When scheduling a lighting audit, you can expect a lighting expert (like those on our team) to come out and conduct a walkthrough of your facility and its exterior lighting. During this walkthrough current lighting fixtures will be documented, and areas for improvement will be identified so that a plan can be drawn up to resolve these issues.

Things that are considered during an audit:

  • General: Locating problem areas and identifying possible resolutions.
  • Energy Usage: We also want to assess how much energy your current lighting fixtures are using, making plans to switch to LED if needed, and setting timers for hours of operation.
  • Financial: During an audit, operating costs should be reviewed and analyzed for ways to cut down on expenses while maintaining a high standard level.

Why Setting Timers on Your Exterior Lighting is Important

We mentioned above that during the fall season, you’ll want to set timers on your exterior lighting, but your next question might be, “why is this so important?”

The answer is that timers are a great way to save energy! This is because they enable you to ensure that outdoor lights come on in the evening and nighttime when the sun has set, while switching off during daylight hours. Timers are one of the best and most efficient solutions for not wasting energy, and they allow your exterior lighting to be on at times of day when it’s most important.

As with all energy-saving techniques, setting timers on your exterior lighting will also save you money. Less wasted energy translates to less wasted money, and depending on the size of your property, the savings can be massive.

A final benefit to installing timers on your exterior lighting relates to maintaining a safe property and workplace.  As the seasons change and the sun starts to set at earlier times, the natural lighting we’ve become accustomed to during summer is shortened considerably, and if you’re living in the northern hemisphere, you can soon expect it to be dark around 5pm. At this time of day, some of your team members may be still at work, and depending on your industry, customers may still be visiting your commercial building, and if there is no exterior lighting, or poor exterior lighting, avoidable dangers could befall your employees and customers.

Parking Lot Lighting & Building Lighting

Having exterior lighting around your building is important year-round, but especially during the fall and winter. All your entryways should have at least one fixture by each door for safety and noticeability, and you might even consider adding lights along the pathways of your entrances. As we’ve mentioned before, the importance of including timers on your outdoor lighting system cannot be overstated. Timers ensure that lights are active at the times of day that they need to be.

Inspecting your building’s exterior lighting includes taking not on anything that may need to replace, loose electrical connections, bare or exposed wiring, and any other visible damage or unsafe conditions.

Lighting in parking areas should also be inspected during this time and be prepped for fall. We also want to make sure your parking lot fixtures don’t have rust as this could lead to safety issues. During an inspection you should be checking for broken or missing fixtures, loose electrical connections, bare or exposed wiring, rusted posts, missing anchor bolts, damage to the concrete base, and any other visible damage.


Exterior lighting audits should not be overlooked, and lighting timers should be very seriously considered. Both are important to the safety and security of your commercial building and to how your facility operates. Right now, is the perfect time of year to contact our professional team and schedule an audit of your exterior lighting including all entryways, pathways, and parking lots.

It’s important that your building is safe for employees and customers alike, which includes making sure your lights are on when they should be, are functioning well, and are installed properly. Contact us today to get your exterior lighting running smoothly as we transition into fall.

Get All Your Exterior Lighting Ready for Back to School

Back to school is around the corner, and it’s time for schools and universities to prepare for students to return to campus for learning and outdoor sports. Exterior lighting is essential in the education sector, it illuminates the school grounds and outdoor fields for students and faculty members.

It’s important to choose the right exterior lighting for schools and universities we want to give you some things to consider when choosing the right lighting for you and your students. From elementary school to middle school, high school, and college campuses we can help you prepare for back to school!

The Best Exterior Lighting Options for Elementary & Middle School

Typically, elementary, and middle school campuses are smaller in terms of square footage (not just students) and located in residential neighborhoods so there are a few things to consider: glare, durability, and being respectful of residents in the area.

For starters glare from exterior lighting can be a concern for safety reasons. With majority of elementary and middle schools being in residential areas the glare from exterior lighting can become distracting to drivers and can potentially temporarily bling drivers. Schools should want to limit this glare for not just the safety of residents but for students, bus drivers, and educators. Using LED lighting fixtures can reduce the glare of exterior lighting making sure light is directed where it needs to go. For more you can read our blog The Importance of LED Parking Lot Lighting and let’s get LED lighting fixtures around the exterior and parking lots of your school.  

Next to consider is, durability. Outdoor fixtures can be hit with harsh weather as seasons change and on playgrounds some fixtures can be hit with balls and cause damage. Picking lighting fixtures that can withstand both circumstances is important for durability and maintenance. LED lighting fixtures innovative design and long lifespan is perfect for your schools exterior and playgrounds. LED lighting fixtures can also save you money not just because its durable, but it is energy saving!

Lastly, being respectful to residents in the area because it is so common for elementary and middle schools to be in residential areas these neighborhoods are important to consider. You don’t want your campuses lighting to disturb the neighbors around your school. LED lighting is directional meaning it can be “aimed” and direct lighting into target or darker areas which can help in not disturbing the residents around. LED lighting also has smart controls which is a great way monitor your lighting and keep all your neighbors happy.

Exterior Lighting Options for High Schools

While high schools are also located in residential neighborhoods these campuses are much larger with more students so there is a bit more to consider: security and energy savings.

Security is essential on high school campuses because, it is more common to see vandalism on high school grounds. LED lighting works with your security cameras to help prevent vandalism and other possible offenders. In our blog The Importance of Exterior Lighting having exterior lighting has proven to be effective in providing safety and security for your students and faculty.   

When you think about exterior lighting you also want to consider what lighting options are energy saving. With a larger campus this requires more lighting to cover parking lots, entrances, and perimeter lighting (around the building). Switching to LED lighting is a great way to save energy because, LED bulbs last longer than incandescent bulbs and LED bulbs use 40% – 60% less energy consumption. The larger the are the more energy consumption so save energy and money and properly light you high schools exterior.

Things to Consider with Exterior Lighting for Universities

Pinpointing exterior lighting needs for your university campus can be a bit more complicated. All university campuses sizes and design vary along with external structures like dorms, pathways, libraries, lecture halls, dining areas and even sports facilities all have different lighting requirements. Here are overall best practices to follow: safety and security, lighting controls, consistent supervision.

While safety and security are important for all education sectors for universities this can look different. Faculty and students are on campus 24/7 with dorms so it is vital that entrances, pathways, and emergency phones in designated areas are well lit for use. LED lightings advanced technology can keep these areas on universities constantly lit and at full power. With HID bulbs (high intensity discharge) these bulbs can have what’s called a “warm-up” period and will not light up right away and fade over time. For the safety and security on universities it is important to have lighting fixtures ready to keep darker areas always lit.

Lighting controls is a newer advancement in lighting technology, with motion sensors and timers which is a great way to reduce energy usage on large university campuses. Our team also encourages taking advantage of our LED rebate programs! Call us and ask us how LED lighting is the perfect option for your university. LED’s longer lasting, higher brightness levels and ability to control makes it the PERFECT choice. LED lighting controls also allow you to maximize on your lighting depending on day and season.

All universities for safety have campus security offices which give 24/7 surveillance and supervision. It’s important that your exterior lighting can support these teams and surveillance cameras to keep all students safe all the time. Having campus safety offices and cameras not only keep students and faculty feeling more comfortable but also any visitors and can improve the overall look of your university. LED lighting keeps dark areas on campus lit and reduces the chance of any liability risks. People with unfavorable intentions avoid well -lit areas. And with universities having teams like campus security and safety it is important that they can do their jobs efficiently. If an area is not properly lit, it can make that task difficult.


If your school or university is getting ready for back to school and exterior lighting is on your to-so list before students and educators arrive our team knows just how to help! Upgrading your exterior lighting fixtures is easier than you think! Contact our team today. Let’s get started!

The Importance of LED Parking Lot Lighting

The first experience all visitors have with your commercial property is the parking lot. Lighting in your parking lot may not be top of mind but, if the quality of your parking lot lights are poor believe it or not this can lead to less people wanting to interact with your establishment. The purpose of exterior security lighting is to protect people and its properties.

It’s more important that you think to have quality lighting in your parking lot and speaks volumes of your establishment it sends a message that people are welcome. Security lighting especially in your parking lot helps you see your surroundings and provides a layer of safety when alone in parking lots at later times with no natural light. Here are a few reasons upgrading to LED lights in your parking lot is most beneficial to your business.

Improve Safety and Security

Prioritizing customer and employee safety should always be top of mind. Naturally, during the day parking lots are well lit but what about when the sun goes down? Making sure your parking lot is properly lit increases visibility and can reduce the chance of accidents between drivers reducing liability risks as a business owner. Bright lightening in your parking lot can also decrease the risk of crime. People with unfavorable intentions tend to avoid well-lit parking lots, if you have poor lighting in your parking lot this can be the focal point for criminal occurrences. Switching to LED lighting for parking lot can ward off criminal activity and allow any security cameras to record clearly id needed. LED also helps to eliminate possible dark spots and gaps in your parking lot.

Update and Advance Your Technology

Most exterior fixtures with HID (high intensity discharge) is omnidirectional it can only focus on one spot and usually leads to uneven lighting HID lighting also has major deficiencies that include deteriorating quickly, emits a significant about of UV radiation and is not directional. HID lighting also has a “warm – up” meaning the light does not arrive at full power right away and can fade over time.

LED lighting is directional. This means it can be “aimed” to direct higher concentrations of light into target or darker areas in. LED also has smart controls; you can control and monitor your lighting remotely from a command center. Having these specific controls can dim or brighten your lightening based on your commercial property’s needs and time of day. Outdoor LED lighting controls can save energy and allow you to maximize on your lighting depending on time of day and season however light is needed most and can decrease usage when the demand is low.

Increase Revenue

Improved safety is just one reason why LED is the best switch for you parking lot lighting. When potential customers and clients can properly see your business, it will draw more attention to your business. LED lighting is a great way to help advertise your business and increase revenue. Brightly lit areas such as your parking lot lets the public know you are open for business! This also helps to prevent anyone getting lost when coming to your establishment.

LED is Cost Efficient

Another benefit to switching your lighting to LED is they can save you money! HID light consumes a lot more energy. In terms of lighting parking lots are large energy consumers making for an overpriced electrical bill. With LED your electrical bill can be cut almost in half. We know how important it is to save money when running a business and how expenses can add up. Contact us, ask us about our ComEd rebates!

LED is Energy Saving

LED lighting uses 40 to 600 watts of electricity in comparison to HID lighting that uses 100 to 1,000. Making LED lighting uses 40% – 60% less energy consumption. Meaning the larger the area the more energy consumption HID lighting will use running up your electrical bill. LED can save you energy and money especially in regard to your large parking lot that needs to be properly lit. HID lighting loses efficiency over time and consumes more energy making the switch to LED only makes sense.

LED is Easy to Maintain

With their innovative design and long lifespan LED lighting is the perfect way to light your parking lots. Light output will gradually decrease when necessary, meaning that lighting will not have to be replaced as much and lasts longer. With LED’s higher brightness levels and longer life shelf as a business owner you don’t need as many lighting fixtures (which is another reason LED is so cost efficient.) Its design is meant to distribute light more evenly throughout your parking lot with less fixtures.

Have we convinced you, yet that LED lighting is the best option for you parking lot? Contact us and ask to speak with our team! Let’s make sure your parking lot is ready this summer.

The Importance of Exterior Lighting

Commercial outdoor lighting is more important than you may realize and can often be overlooked. It enhances how a company looks and functions creating a safe and welcoming atmosphere to employees, existing employees, and potential customers or clients.

Exterior lighting can help market your business better and can play a large role in a company’s growth and success. Here are a few reasons why as a business owner you should make exterior lighting a priority and how we can make it easy.

First Impressions

First impressions are imperative for successful businesses, when a customer or potential client approaches your business, the exterior is the first thing they see. Professionally installed and well-placed lighting is not only appealing to the eye but can even become the most recognizable feature about your building. Lighting done right will draw attention to your signage and help make a lasting impression on your visitors.

Increased visibility at night is also an important aspect of attracting new customers and ensuring existing customers can always find you without issue. People are more likely to approach an inviting and accessible business that has well-lit entryways, especially after dark. 

Security and Safety

Exterior lighting has also proven to be effective in providing safety and security for employees, clients, customers, and the building itself. Having a well-lit exterior significantly reduces the possibility for slip-and-fall incidents as well as giving patrons a sense of security against other possible dangers. Most people avoid businesses with darkened windows and poor exterior lighting.

Having adequate lighting in your entrances, doorways, stairs, and parking lots can also serve as a deterrent for potential threats like break-ins or intruders. Installing and maintaining exterior lighting for your commercial space and keeping outdoor areas well-lit can help keep your business protected from potential criminal activity.

Lighting Options

There are several factors to consider when selecting the best exterior lighting options for your business. Some things to consider include illumination on: landscape features and statues, outdoor architecture, the business address, vital signage (which can also be serviced with our signage maintenance), parking lots and any other dark areas surrounding your business. At Omni Commercial Lighting, our experienced team will suggest simple and smart solutions for your exterior lighting needs. No matter which option you choose, we always strive to save you money! For more on energy saving tips refer to our blog Energy Saving Commercial Lighting Tips for Spring”

Adding Value to Your Business

Adding exterior lighting enhances your business’ curb appeal and contributes to the overall ambiance. Want to increase your property value in an easy and affordable way? Upgrade your exterior lighting! Outdoor lighting, when installed by a team of professionals, can go a long way towards highlighting the most prominent features of your space, especially at night and will also help catch eyes on busy streets or from far away.

Our process, is simple and only four steps. At Omni Commercial Lighting we strive to bring you on-time and under budget projects like upgrading your exterior lighting. We will work closely with you to bring your vision to light!

Energy Saving Commercial Lighting Tips for Spring

Spring is here which means days are getting longer and business is getting busier. In the spirit of springtime, it is time for refreshment and renewal. That said, we want to give you some energy savings tips you can implement in your building.

Whether you have an office space, commercial building, or retail shop we want to save you energy and money starting in spring and continuing through the summer. Here is how!

Switch to LED Lights

Having to constantly change lightbulbs as seasons change can not only get expensive but it can be a real hassle. However, LED lighting lasts longer than traditional incandescent light bulbs. They are also designed to use less electricity in comparison to incandescent light bulbs. Also, LED bulbs are not just for the interior of your building, these energy saving bulbs can be used on the exterior of your building too.

Take Advantage of Natural Lighting

As seasons change, we are fortunate to see more sun! This means you can take advantage of the natural lighting. Move and shift your workspace around to utilize the sunshine during the day.

In addition to the gift of beauty, there are a lot of other health benefits to increasing the natural light in your building. Being exposed to natural lighting throughout the workday often leads to better sleep night for your building’s inhabitants. Natural light also boosts the vitamin D in your body which can increase productivity.

Get Rid of Incandescent Bulbs to Save Your HVAC

Incandescent light bulbs are inefficient because most of their energy output is converted directly into heat, not valuable light. Where does all this extra heat go? And it usually flows through your commercial HVAC system causing the system to work much harder to expel extra heat, causing it to draw more energy and thus reduce the lifespan of the system itself.

Call us Your Commercial Lighting Experts

We hope you find these energy saving tips for spring helpful! The best advice you can take from this blog is making the switch to LED lighting. Our process is simple; just 4 easy steps, and you will rest easy knowing your commercial lighting project is handled. If you want more information about the best options for you and your business, call us today and let us save you some energy.