Themes and Trends for Modern Commercial Lighting, Part 2

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the modern themes associated with commercial lighting. Both for practical and aesthetic reasons, there are several trends involved with commercial lighting today that building owners and managers should be aware of.

At Orange Electric, we’re proud to offer numerous commercial electrician services, including lighting installation and several related lighting themes. In today’s part two of our series, we’re going to get a bit more detailed and dig into some of the lighting trends present in various types of commercial buildings to give you an idea of how different industries may take advantage of the wide variety of modern lighting components available.

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Restaurants

Restaurants are in a strange position, as the COVID-19 outbreak has damaged their in-person business in many cases – and returns, where possible, must feature distancing and care. This means restaurants must continue to focus on factors like ambiance and natural lighting to keep customers comfortable.

One great method here is switching to LED bulbs, which not only bring ambiance and environmental friendliness, but are also easily affordable. A particular type of LED bulb to look into is known as the Edison bulb.

Retail Areas

Retail areas have also had to make some changes, and a big focus this year has been tailoring light to various customer profiles. This is especially true for smaller retail groups, since big box stores are less impacted by such trends – these larger stores tend to prioritize energy efficiency over all else given their volume of customers.

Hotels and Hospitality

Hotels and other various hospitality areas must focus heavily on eco-friendly lighting, as more and more customers have begun to list this area as one that’s important to them. There are numerous such bulbs available that do not limit style or aesthetics in any way.

Healthcare Facilities

There are even forms of modern lighting that are known to provide benefits to human health, and these are vital within healthcare facilities. LED lights are once again valuable here – not only do they come with a reasonable cost that most hospital administration groups can easily afford, they also provide low levels of heat emission – this makes it easier to control the temperature in patient rooms while also providing ambient light themes that assist with comfort and care.

On top of this, quality LEDs can mimic the appearance of natural light, which has shown to be connected to health promotion. This is particularly true for long-term care patients who spend most of their time under these lights and see very little (or no) time outdoors.

For more on lighting trends in commercial facilities, or to learn about any of our commercial electrician and electrical repair services, speak to the staff at Orange Electric today.

Themes and Trends for Modern Commercial Lighting, Part 1

While they may not shift or change as often as an area like fashion, per se, the world of commercial electrical services does include several general trends and themes. One great example here is lighting – both for technological and aesthetic reasons, the world of commercial lighting goes through regular changes and trends based on the products available and what’s “in” during a given period of time.

At Orange Electric, we’re proud to offer a wide variety of commercial electrician services, including lighting installation and several other themes related to lights in your commercial building. In this two-part blog series, we’ll start by going over some of the top themes out there for trendy modern commercial lighting systems – and then in part two, we’ll delve into specific commercial industries and some of the lighting trends present in these areas.

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Environmental Friendliness

For starters, one of the top themes at play in modern commercial lighting is energy efficiency and environmental friendliness. Not only can you save yourself some major funds here, you can also provide benefits to the environment around you.

For those looking to really promote these areas, you can apply to be a LEED-certified building (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). Many LEED buildings take on such projects as harvesting daylight, using light and energy control systems, and sending their own contributions to public power grids.

Health Themes

Commercial building owners are also spending more time thinking about the health of their employees and other occupants in modern times, and one example is lighting. There are several commercial lighting options out there that mimic natural light flow for human circadian rhythms, helping balance physical and visual needs. The infusion of natural light, even through non-natural sources like these, is one of the major benefits of modern lighting technology.

Safety Features

Commercial lighting is also often used as a safety feature within the space. Many building owners use motion sensors for their exterior lights to ward off potential burglars, for instance, and larger companies with parking lots on-site should install parking lot lights for employees who stay late.

Low-Cost Style Upgrades

Finally, there are many ways for building owners to use lighting as a low-cost way to upgrade their aesthetics. Much of this comes down to personal style and taste, plus a combination of strong aesthetics and practical value for employees, managers and other staff. But you’d be surprised how much you can do even on a very limited budget, as modern lighting options are generally affordable and easy to source.

For more on some of the latest trends in modern commercial lighting, or to learn about any of our other commercial electrician services, speak to the staff at Orange Electric today.

Tactics for Saving on Commercial Energy Costs, Part 2

In part one of this two-part blog series, we dug into some tips for limiting commercial energy costs. Many building and company owners are constantly on the hunt for such savings areas, which in many cases can have a big impact on margins and a company’s bottom line.

At Orange Electric, we’re proud to provide numerous commercial electrical services, including a number of certified electrician services that have helped numerous commercial building owners save major sums without sacrificing energy quality. In today’s part two of our series, we’ll go over a few additional tactics to keep your energy bill low, both in terms of DIY projects and those where you should call our electricians for assistance.

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Energy Star Equipment

Anytime you’re considering the purchase of new office equipment that requires a power source or energy usage, take care to look closely for the Energy Star logo. This logo, which will be found on virtually any kind of electrically-powered item, signals approval by this industry-leading resource.

Items that have this certification can be expected to be far more energy efficient than those that don’t. In addition, many will be outfitted with automatic power-down or sleep features that remove this task from individuals in the building, helping save loads of energy during nights or weekends where the space isn’t in active use. Even HVAC components like AC units should be sourced for the Energy Star label as you browse.

Alternative Energy Sources

In many cases, business owners looking to be more environmentally conscious – or those looking for related tax breaks and energy savings benefits – will turn to renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind power. These have become far more popular in recent years, powering many components in a commercial building with clean, low-cost energy. There are even commercial solar energy storage systems you can install in your building to collect and store solar energy over a period of time.

Entryway Sealing and HVAC Quality

Finally, while they don’t necessarily speak directly to electrical components, one major way of saving energy within a commercial setting is ensuring the HVAC system is operating efficiently. One major area here is sealing any gaps or cracks in entryways that are allowing air to escape, forcing your HVAC system to work harder and raise your costs.

Another important factor here is ensuring your HVAC systems are properly maintained. Confirm that multiple yearly inspections are done on such components, plus make sure units are cleaned and kept clear of furniture, electrical items or other major components.

For more on saving money on commercial energy costs, or to learn about any of our commercial electricians and how we’ll serve you, speak to the staff at Orange Electric today.

Tactics for Saving on Commercial Energy Costs, Part 1

A commercial electrician serves many roles for their clients, and one primary area that’s vital to a number of businesses is energy savings. Particularly for workplaces or facilities that involve significant electronics and the need for power and proper circuitry, ensuring these elements while maintaining a manageable energy bill each month is the goal for all business owners.

At Orange Electric, we’re here to help. Our commercial electrical contractors handle numerous areas for our clients, including several that trace back to keeping your energy bill low while maintaining all the proper electrical needs present in your building. In this two-part blog series, we’ll go over a number of ways commercial business owners and managers can look to limit their energy costs, both in terms of DIY areas and those where you should call our electricians for assistance.

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Natural Light

One major tip not enough commercial buildings internalize: Utilizing natural light wherever possible to reduce the need for powered lighting. Most businesses operate primarily during the day when the sun is out – use this reality to your advantage by opening window shades or coverings throughout the space, particularly during the winter periods of the year when a little additional light might also assist with heating tasks.

Non-Use Items

While it may seem like a basic area, you might be shocked at how many companies do not have a policy for turning off major electronics when leaving the office for the day or night. From computers to monitors, printers, fax machines and several others, sleep mode or outright powering down should be carried out when they won’t be used again for a period of hours or days.

In addition, electrically-powered amenities like microwaves, toasters, radios and others in the office should receive the same kind of attention. Many office managers use power strips for many of these items, allowing them to be turned off with a single push of a button.

Energy Audit

One area we’ve gone over in detail in this space previously is the commercial energy audit, which involves a professional inspection from our team that will help you identify your major sources of electrical expenses and make the appropriate tweaks to become more efficient. Speak to our electricians about scheduling an audit in the near future.

Component Themes

There are a few suggestions we can offer when it comes to components in a commercial building that will assist with energy efficiency, including:

  • Automatic lights: Between motion detectors, automatic dimmers and related technology, there are several light formats designed to turn off and on based on human presence in a given room or area. These installations within the commercial space often lead to drastic savings.
  • Programmable thermostat: A type that allows you to pre-set HVAC temperature and related needs, including limiting energy use during periods of non-use.
  • CFL or LED bulbs: Both these options refer to light bulb types that bring enormous energy savings compared to standard bulbs. In larger office spaces, such bulbs may save you thousands and thousands of dollars over the course of a given year.

For more on limiting your commercial energy costs, or to learn about any of our commercial electrician services, speak to the staff at Orange Electric today.

High-Voltage Power Line Safety Risks and Approaches, Part 2

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the basics on high-voltage power lines and the proper safety approaches to take when near them. Whether your business is located near such lines or you’re performing contract work in such an area, ensuring the right precautions are taken is vital to not only safety, but also maintaining the quality of the power lines in question.

At Orange Electric, we’re proud to provide a wide variety of commercial electrical services, from minor repairs and maintenance areas to electrical installations and builds. In today’s part two of our series, we’ll evaluate how anyone in situations where they’re close to a high-voltage power line should evaluate the hazards present, plus some of our top safety recommendations for working or staying safe in these locations.

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Distance

As we noted in part one of our series, distance is a primary safety factor when dealing with high-voltage power lines. It’s also one of the easiest precautions to take: It’s simple to set up a basic boundary around all high-voltage lines, ensuring no one crosses into unsafe territory.

How large should this boundary be? The answer depends on the voltage present in the area. Some general voltage ranges (using nominal, phase-to-phase voltage), plus the OSHA minimum distances from any exposed energized parts (including overhead power lines), include:

  • Under 50,000 volts: 10 feet or more
  • 50,000-200,000 volts: 15 feet or more
  • Over 200,000 volts: 20 feet or more

People, machinery and even crops should all be kept at these distances or more. If you do not know the voltage of a given power line, we recommend assuming the higher range and keeping at least 20 feet of distance until you know for sure.

Insulation and Objects

Another important piece of knowledge here is that, generally speaking, high-voltage electrical power lines are not insulated. This means electricity can travel not only through the lines themselves, but may also enter the air and even charge objects that are close by.

This means that not only should the wires themselves never be touched, great care should be taken around other nearby items. Even parking certain machinery too close to a line could present significant shock or electrocution risks.

Tree Safety

If your business is located near a high-voltage power line, we strongly recommend against trimming or otherwise working on trees in the area. Trees can absolutely carry electrical current, meaning you should only call trained professionals for these needs. If you find a tree on your property has fallen into a high-voltage power line, call you power company and our team right away.

For more on staying safe around high-voltage power lines, or to learn about any of our electrical contractors or services, speak to the staff at Orange Electric today.

High-Voltage Power Line Safety Risks and Approaches, Part 1

Safety is a top priority when working on or operating near any significant electrical line or power source, particularly high-voltage sources. Failing to take basic precautions puts you and others at major risk in these situations, plus may also threaten your structures in several ways.

At Orange Electric, we’re proud to offer a variety of commercial electrical services to numerous clients, from basic repairs and maintenance to new electrical build-outs, lighting installations and several other solutions. Whether your building is located near a high-voltage power line, your contractors regularly work near such lines or you simply want to increase your knowledge on safety in these circumstances, this two-part blog will focus on both the potential hazards present and the proper approach to take while ensuring no one is put at risk.

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Overhead Risks

The visible part of high-voltage power lines, located overhead and often several stories above the ground, also serve as some of the primary hazards present in these areas. Here are some general tips on care and safety approaches in these situations, whether you’re located near such an area or temporarily working in one with contractors:

  • Awareness: First and foremost, being aware of all overhead power lines and equipment is vital. Contractors should be aware of such hazards and the areas they cover.
  • Boundary: Before any work is performed in the area, a proper boundary should be established around the entire perimeter. Voltage under 50,000 volts should be kept 10 feet or more away from, while higher voltages require even further distance (anything over 200,000 requires 20 feet).
  • Line clearance: For those utilizing cranes or other height-related items, it’s important to note that electrical line height above the ground may vary significantly depending on power load and other factors.
  • Spotter and care: When using equipment ranging from ladders and scaffolding to cranes or other pieces of equipment, always have a spotter in place and take great care.
  • Compliance: Ensure you’re complying with all OSHA requirements, plus state and federal regulations, if working near or on high-voltage power lines.

Underground Hazards

They aren’t as visible, but high-voltage power lines also present certain underground hazards to those who are not careful. The primary area of concern here is what are known as counterpoise wires, which are buried and run parallel to the actual transmission line. Counterpoise wires are in place to dissipate stray currents like lightning strikes or others.

If these wires are unintentionally damaged by unsuspecting workers or individuals, however, the entire line’s quality is risked. If such an event takes place, make no attempt to reconnect the wire or solve the issue – rather, call our team of commercial electricians right away and let us handle it for you.

For more on safety and proper precautions around high-voltage power lines, or to learn about any of our commercial electrician services, speak to the staff at Orange Electric today.

Basics and Benefits of Commercial Energy Audits, Part 2

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the basics and potential benefits of commercial energy audits to businesses. Commercial energy audits involve a professional electrician or related auditor assessing your building’s energy usage and costs, determining if there are areas where you can limit your costs or become more efficient to save money and potentially bring about several other direct benefits.

At Orange Electric, our commercial electrical contractors are happy to offer a wide variety of services to a variety of Utah businesses, including energy audits and help with resulting tweaks you want to make to help limit energy costs. In today’s part two, we’ll go over several specific benefits a commercial energy audit can bring to your business.

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Cost Savings

The first and largest benefit here for many business owners is the cost savings commonly associated with a commercial energy audit. Particularly for businesses who have had no such audit or examination of their electric and other energy costs in many years, owners and managers are often shocked at how inefficient their electrical system and output are – and how much they can save by just making a few basic tweaks based on our recommendations.

In fact, the average commercial building today wastes about 30% of all its energy dollars. This means you can achieve huge savings if you identify inefficient areas and work to improve them.

Employee Health, Safety and Comfort

Another major benefit of a commercial energy audit is the way it often identifies potentially dangerous issues within the electrical system. This is especially true in older office buildings, which often contain health or safety hazards like carbon monoxide leaks, radon leaks, poorly-vented combustion equipment or several other potential issues that could risk employee safety and even create liability concerns. An auditor will pick up on these issues and suggest remedies for them.

Environmental Benefits

You aren’t only benefitting your business and its employees by conducting a commercial energy audit – you’re also helping the environment. By reducing energy usage and finding more efficient ways to maximize your output, you help limit your carbon footprint and help build toward a better future.

Incentives

Finally, there are many cases where various rebates and tax credits could be available toward your commercial energy audit. Such incentives may come from the US Small Business Administration or from several other groups involved with natural resource conservations, which you’re helping achieve when you perform such an audit and move forward with the auditor’s recommendations on becoming more energy-efficient.

For more on commercial energy audits or any of our related electrical contractor services, speak to the staff at Orange Electric today.

Basics and Benefits of Commercial Energy Audits, Part 1

If you’re the owner, building manager or any other kind of management figure within a commercial building or facility of any kind, keeping operating costs within manageable ranges is generally a top priority. There are several areas to keep a close eye on within this realm, and one key such area is the amount of energy your building is using and the resulting costs that come from this energy usage.

At Orange Electric, we’re proud to offer a variety of certified commercial electrician services to businesses throughout Utah. We assist commercial building managers with everything from understanding their basic electric and energy needs and costs up to emergency response and build-outs of new electrical systems when needed. One service we’re happy to perform is called by several names throughout the industry, but one of the most common is known as a commercial energy audit – this two-part blog will go over what this is, how it works and how your business stands to benefit in multiple ways from an energy audit.

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Businesses, Energy and Operating Expenses

As we noted above, business owners and managers are regularly concerned with limiting operating costs within reason. One of the single largest areas that makes up a commercial facility’s operating costs is its energy consumption, which can vary incredibly widely between business types – an office space with numerous computers, monitors and other electrical devices is likely to use more energy than, say, a massage parlor. In fact, an average of roughly one-third of all business operating costs can generally be traced back to energy consumption.

Commercial Energy Audit Basics

A commercial energy audit, then, is a process that allows building owners and managers a greater understanding of their energy consumption and whether it’s efficient. The audit involves a professional electrician evaluating how efficiently the building in question is using energy, allowing owners and managers to note areas that are not efficient and consider tweaks to them.

Energy Audit Process

The process of a commercial energy audit is simple:

  • A professional will come to your facility as scheduled.
  • The professional will look at numerous areas of energy consumption data, including utility bills, on-site survey areas, equipment performance and runtime, building conditions, operating schedules and any other relevant themes.
  • After reviewing each of the factors listed above, plus potentially others depending on your building, the auditor will present the results while also recommending various cost-effective solutions to maximize energy efficiency. They may identify certain areas that are using outsized amounts of energy and suggest tips for reducing this usage without impacting important areas of your business or valuable safety procedures.

In part two of our series, we’ll go over the numerous benefits commercial energy audits offer to your business. To learn more about this or any of the services offered by our commercial electrical contractors, speak to the staff at Orange Electric today.

Signs You Need to Call an Industrial Electrical Contractor

Contrary to popular belief, the services of an industrial electrical contractor aren’t only necessary for emergency situations and during construction or remodeling projects.

If you own or manage a factory, warehouse, food production plant or any other type of industrial facility, you need to be on the lookout for issues with the high-voltage electrical system that provides you with power. To protect your equipment from mechanical breakdown, limit your fire hazards and ensure the safety of your employees, call an industrial electrician if you notice any of the following at your facility.

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Unusual Odors

Smells of smoke or burnt plastic coming from the outlets, light switches and computerized equipment indicate faulty or outdated wiring, which poses a definite fire risk. An immediate phone call to an industrial electrical contractor who offers emergency service is essential to restoring building safety.

Strange Sounds

One tipoff that it’s time to contact an electrical contractor is the presence of odd sounds – like hissing or clicking noises – at or near the light switches, overhead lighting fixtures and electrical sockets. The issue is likely in the wiring, and resolving it requires prompt attention from an experienced industrial electrician.

Electrical Shocks

Touching an electrical outlet, light switch, appliance or piece of machinery shouldn’t every result in a sudden shock. If it does, improper grounding or faulty wiring is the likely culprit, and to safeguard employees and protect the property, it’s a good idea to schedule a consultation with an industrial electrician as soon as possible.

Blown Breakers

When breakers and fuses frequently blow, it typically means that they cannot handle the electrical load. Whether the circuit is overloaded or the trouble lies in the wiring, the right way to address the problem is to put in a call to a local professional industrial electrical contractor.

Flickering Lights

Often, lights that flicker simply need new bulbs. When that doesn’t stop the flickering, the wiring in the building could be to blame. In that case, calling an experienced industrial electrician is necessary to maintain safety and prevent further issues within the power system.

Do You Industrial Electrical Services in Utah?

If your Utah facility requires attention from an industrial electrician, turn to the expert team at Orange Electric.

As a leading provider of commercial and industrial electrical services in Salt Lake City, along the Wasatch Front and throughout the northern Utah region, we have extensive experience installing, repairing and maintaining electrical systems at industrial facilities of all sizes. Our licensed, bonded and insured professionals are here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and with us, you can expect outstanding workmanship, competitive pricing and friendly, courteous technicians.

For a free consultation and estimate from an industrial electrical contractor you can trust, contact Orange Electric in West Jordan, Utah, today.

How a Commercial Electrician Can Reduce Your Business Energy Costs

You may not give your energy costs much thought, as every business owner has a monthly electric bill. But the fact is, an experienced commercial electrician can help reduce the amount you have to pay for electricity.

Depending upon the size of your facility and the nature of your business operations, energy efficiency improvements could save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars every month. Here’s a look at three ways a commercial electrical contractor can provide you with short-term and long-term energy savings.

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Motion Detecting Lights

Common sense tells us to turn off the lights when we leave a room, but in the business setting, this is easy to forget – and leaving all of the lights running at all hours adds up to high energy costs.

Motion detecting lights are an ideal solution, and you can have a commercial electrician install them in any room or area that doesn’t get constant use. With lighting that automatically shuts off when no one is present, your monthly electric bill will drop.

Professional Lighting Retrofit

For many businesses, lighting makes up a large portion of the monthly energy costs. Plus, inefficient lights create additional heat, leading to an increased need for air conditioning.

A commercial electrician can replace your current interior, exterior and parking garage lighting with options that use energy more efficiently. After a professional lighting retrofit, you’ll see dramatic savings and a speedy return on investment.

Programmable Thermostat

When no one is at the workplace, having the heat or air conditioning running doesn’t really make sense. But many business owners leave it on anyway to keep the temperature constant, and that results in greater energy costs.

By installing a programmable thermostat, a commercial electrician can give you the power to easily control the temperature at your business building. You can set the HVAC system to kick in an hour or so before employees arrive and shut off after everyone leaves for the day, and you’ll no longer be paying for energy you don’t need.

Cutting Your Business Energy Costs

Though motion detecting lights, a professional lighting retrofit and a programmable thermostat can provide you with significant energy savings, those aren’t the only approaches to maximizing efficiency and reducing your monthly costs.

An experienced commercial electrician can provide you with a complete electrical system inspection, identifying areas of energy loss and offering budget-friendly solutions to making your facility more efficient. For expert help in northern Utah, business owners trust the professional electrical contractors at Orange Electric.

We have extensive experience designing and installing efficient electrical systems for new commercial properties in the greater Salt Lake City area, and we also have the skill to complete retrofits and repairs for existing business buildings. For more information on how the Orange Electric team can reduce your business energy costs, or to schedule a free commercial electrician consultation, contact our West Jordan, Utah, office today.