A common misconception occurs when a Property Manager hires a Lighting Maintenance company to visit their property once a month, but continue to have outages between service calls. Sometimes even within hours after the Contractor leaves the property. The fact is, a Lighting Maintenance company can repair the outages they see, but another lamp could burn out as soon as he leaves, leaving that fixture dark until the next visit.
This is unacceptable to many, especially in critical parking lots and retail centers where the lights being on are not only a safety issue, but one that relates directly to the image of the property. Every property has its own particular needs, some lighting applications are more critical than others, but where the lights must be on, you may want to consider a Group Relamp.
It’s amazing how many individuals resist this very predictable, proven method of maintaining a lighting system by replacing a lamp before its rated life ends. Usually the objections range from, “The lighting contractor just wants to sell me more lamps” to “Won’t I be throwing away lamps that are still good?” The fact is, the least expensive aspect of your lighting system is the lamps, and if you would like to keep lamp outages to a minimum or nearly eliminate outages altogether, there is no better proven method than a Group Relamp.
I often wonder if the same people who don’t understand this concept also wonder why raindrops don’t all hit the ground at the same time. Just like raindrops that are leaving the cloud at different times, lamps installed at different times fail at varying times. Now while you wouldn’t want raindrops to synchronize so that they all leave the cloud and hit the ground at the same time, there are great advantages to a Group Relamp which allows for such predictability.
A Group Relamp is based on the simple fact that every lamp has a rated life, or predictable lifespan. So when lighting systems are controlled by time clocks, you can easily calculate how long it will be until a particular lamp reaches the end of its rated life
Usually, the largest expense in maintaining your lighting is the labor expense. It is more cost effective to replace all of the lamps at the same time, rather than have a Lighting Technician come back every time a light is out. Allowing a lamp to fail completely can also affect the performance of your lighting system. Ballasts will repeatedly attempt to connect with a bad lamp until the ballast itself fails.
Replacing every lamp on a property can be costly to start. You can begin by converting in sections over a period of. For example, Relamp the parking lot light fixtures first. Six months later the building lights, to be followed by ground floods.
You are now in control of your lighting system. You can more accurately budget for lighting maintenance, know which lamps are going to be replaced and when, drive down the labor and lamp cost, decrease the number of ballast failures, and lower the potential for liability associated with outages on a property. All in all, a Group Relamp may not work in every application, but more often than not, it is a great solution for proactively maintaining the critical lighting system on your property.