Lighting, after all, is one of the keys not only to safely navigating school hallways but also to reading and doing other school work without straining the eyes. Lights also impact students' and teachers' health and mood, and can affect school budgets. Old lighting systems, for instance, can cost a great deal more to run than new bulbs and ballasts.
Appropriate to the school theme, you may have heard this quote: "If you think education is expensive, try ignorance." In a similar way, if you think new lights are expensive, try old lights. This relates because new lights have an initial cost (what some people will focus on), but old lights use so much more energy, which drains a school system of its precious annual revenue.
In fact, according to the Department of Education, more money goes into school energy each year than schools put into books and computers combined! About 26% of that energy cost goes toward lighting, and this is a cost that can be meaningfully reduced.
While there are options for relamping a school building at more substantial upfront costs, sometimes just retrofitting existing lights with improved ballasts and/or bulbs can lead to a useful annual savings. Old T12 fluorescent bulbs, for instance, operate on outdated and inefficient ballasts, which can easily be replaced with modern, more efficient ballasts in combination with T8 or even T5 bulbs that produce the same amount of light on far fewer watts.
Schools can even opt to use the most efficient lights of all -- LED bulbs. These do, however, carry the highest costs up front, and many schools will continue choosing fluorescent bulbs for most situations until LED costs further decrease.
Whether you're simply replacing bulbs in your current lighting systems, or looking at retrofit or relamping options, Lighting Supply offers all the bulbs a school could need when preparing for the coming year. This includes many "hard to find" bulbs that a lot of suppliers simply don't have. And as a company in business since 1983 and highly rated through a third party, we're the kind of partner we think schools really need -- that is, a partner schools can trust, knowing that we'll have their backs throughout the lighting process.