All entrepreneurs share the same goal: to make a profit at the end of the day. This means you are in a continuous search for ways to keep the operating costs as low as possible. Sustainable solutions are the key when it comes to reducing the costs, so investing in items that are able to provide ongoing savings is very important. One of these solutions is the commercial skylight, which offers light for a long time, at the lowest rates possible.
There are many types of industrial lighting fixtures on the market, so knowing which one is best for your company is very important, especially since they are a long-term investment. Before you buy one lighting system you should be researching multiple types and check out their pros and cons.
How to compare commercial skylights
Commercial skylights come in a number of categories, each one with its own features: tubular, solar-tracking, prismatic and traditional.
Traditional skylights have a low purchase cost, but this doesn't mean they also provide the most long-term savings. They don't offer a lot of light, so many factories have to buy a lot of these industrial fixtures to ensure a proper light level.
The same problem appears in the case of tubular skylights, which can illuminate a specific square footage. If you have a large factory, you might need to buy many tubular skylights in order to illuminate it, which makes the investment a big one.
Prismatic and solar-tracking skylights are a better option for large factories, because they diffuse the light evenly and broadly, so you don't need to buy many of them.
When it comes to installation, the costs depend on the number of lighting units, the structural changes required to install them and the type of the skylight. You might also have to re-wire the installation, so this might add to the costs. To be able to evaluate the installation cost you should be checking with a local electrician and ask for an estimated price.
Amount of light provided
Not all industrial lighting fixtures provide the same amount of light and in the case of skylights you need to evaluate how they use the natural light. When the sun is on top of the skylight, traditional, tubular and prismatic fixtures provide a lot of light, but the amount of light is reduced as the sun moves lower on the horizon. At the same time, when the sun is covered by clouds, the amount of light provided by these types of skylights is low.
Solar-tracking skylights are able to provide even light, regardless of the position of the sun and the amount of clouds on the sky. This makes them a better option for facilities where light is needed for more than 10 hours a day.
In order to make a good purchase you need to research the features of all types of industrial lighting fixtures and evaluate which one would be a better option for your facility. Keep in mind the initial costs, such as installation, but don't forget that a lighting system is a long-term investment, so it needs to be sustainable.
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