Over-lighting your office spaces, warehouses or factory floors is a common and costly issue. Turning off or reducing lighting is one of the cheapest and easiest ways of cutting your energy costs.
You will need to check the light levels in your workspace, which can be done by using a Lux Meter. You can pick one of these up for about £20, then by using a Lux Level Chart and Lux Meter, you can take readings in different areas of your business.
To get the most accurate data, hold the Lux Meter at waist height and use it at four or five different points in each area.
Light levels should match those recommended by the HSE. According to the guidance, corridors, stores and warehouses need a lux level of around 100. General lighting in offices, meeting rooms and kitchens requires a figure of 500. For certain activities such as quality control, watch-making or electronics the lux level should be between 1000 and 1500.
You should soon be able to see if you could deal with lower lighting by reducing the bulb power level.
This information is taken from our monthly Environmental newsletter, sent to all Hawksafe clients, via email. This month’s newsletter also covers current issues relating to these topics:
- Solar Energy Systems
- Draining Charges
- Data Submission