Lamp Maintenance to Enhance Efficiency
Did you know that maintenance is vital to lighting efficiency? Light levels decrease over time because of aging lamps and dirt on fixtures, lamps, and room surfaces. Together, these factors can reduce total illumination by 50% or more, while lights continue drawing full power. The following basic maintenance suggestions can help keep your lights operating at their optimum efficiency:
- Clean fixtures, lamps, and lenses every 6–24 months by wiping off the dust. However, never clean an incandescent bulb while it is turned on. The water's cooling effect can shatter the hot bulb.
- Replace lenses if they appear yellow.
- Experts recommend replacing entire systems at once. Common bulbs, especially incandescent and fluorescents will lose 20%–30% of their light output over their service life. Replacing all light bulbs in a system saves labor, keeps illumination high, and avoids stressing any ballasts (devices that control electric currents) with dying lamps.
- Clean or repaint small rooms every year and larger rooms every 2–3 years. Dirt collects on surfaces, which reduces the amount of light they reflect.
Learn more at Department of Energy.