You have probably heard the term “measure twice, cut once;” the obvious meaning to avoid making mistakes. Many carpenters have learned the hard way by ruining costly materials. Through years of experience, tradesmen have found ways to perfect their skills and become as efficient as possible through less re-work and making the best use out of all their materials. Wouldn’t it be great if we could find ways to do this in every industry?
When it comes to your place of business, proper lighting matters. Believe it or not, a poor lighting design can cause re-work or cost you big money.
At some point, a consultant might have investigated LED lighting with you for your place of business. And if you went through this process, you saw several options with varying prices, brands, and quality. After reviewing the results of your ROI analysis with a sales rep, you probably left the meeting feeling like you needed to be a rocket scientist just to figure out all the differences between wattages, kelvin temp, foot candles, lumens, etc. Truth be told, you do not need to be a rocket scientist to figure out that a 4’ fluorescent tube that uses 32 watts of power needs to be replaced with something that still provides you the right amount of light and hopefully saves money in the process.
This week, we sat with a customer that cared about the quality of light more than energy savings. It was an unseen value that would never show on a quote or on an ROI. The graphics sign artist used light to confirm exact colors printed on products sold to customers. They explained their issue of improper lighting or shadows caused perceptions of art to skew prior to printing. Once it was sent to the printer, products would come out in different shades or colors than what was expected. Literally, they would print material, take it outside in the sun to confirm the color, and if it was incorrect they would go back to the drawing board. Through LED technology, we are consulting with this customer to provide lights that will eliminate the need to use the sun for reference. They will measure twice to print once!
If your place of business has inspection areas, color matching, painting, finishing, stamping, or cutting areas, you probably relate. We can’t place a value on that large contract your company just landed last month. Your crew worked double shifts to complete the order for the customer, and you are all “hi-fiving” as the order ships out on a freight truck full of pallets. Several days later you get a call from your customer. There are flaws in the materials, the color doesn’t match, or the lines aren't cut as precisely as requested by the contract. Now that order has more than doubled your costs because of re-work.
Consider when you started your business. You found the perfect location or building to grow your enterprise. The setup met your standards then. Now, your business has changed. Machines have been moved around, new offices had to be added for your expanding payroll, and new products are being offered. These are some of the reasons you do re-work.
Do you have to walk outside to look at finished materials to see what color they really look like? When you pull a vehicle out of the garage after you just had it wrapped, do the colors look the same outside as they do inside? Did the 5,000 pieces of metal you had powder coated and shipped out get sent back because they originally passed your inspection, but are now not approved by your customer? How many work days a year do your employees miss due to migraines? The constant pulsing that is emitted from a fluorescent light not only distorts true colors, it influences your eyes. Your employees can experience eye fatigue from long days in the office.
We have had the luxury of working with many types of companies to help fix these issues. From graphic designers, machinists, auto body shops, and printers, they have all saved thousands of dollars in re-work.
We can show you how you can benefit from LED lighting by the energy savings. We know you will see an immediate impact on your next month’s electric bill. We can also show you the maintenance savings you will benefit from by upgrading to LED lighting over the lifespan of your new lamps. BUT, only you know the real value that LED lighting can do for your business when it comes to your labor and material cost savings by getting the job done right the first time.
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