For the third year in row I am project manager of a project helping municipalities with motivating their small and medium sized companies to choose for sustainable light. The goal is to obtain energy savings of up to 70% by replacing and fine-tuning artificial light in office buildings, stores and other business buildings.
The first two years the project took place in Deventer and this year Enschede, Den Bosch, Tiel and Alkmaar. Together with the Klimaatverbond we will bundle all experiences and will produce a concise hand-out for (Dutch) municipalities to start their own project or integrate sustainable light in existing outreach to SMEs.
Key points for SMEs wishing to switch to sustainable light:
- Choose energy efficient lamps;
- Effectively place and aim lamp holders, preferable let a reliable professional light designer look at your needs and make a building & function specific energy-savings plan;
- Incorporate sensors in your light plan (for example for day light, movement);
- Choose a reliable lamp vendor that lives up to its claims for: lumen, effective life span, light colour and energy efficiency.