Running your own business can be stressful, you are always looking for ways to maximize your margin or to cut costs in some way. This could be achieved with outsourcing certain administration functions or letting more people work from home to cut down on very expensive office space.
One thing that can be done to save money is to look at how much money is being spent on your lighting. People do not realize that office lighting and the maintenance associated with it is very expensive and does add up.
How would they do that I hear you saying?
Every CDM-T lamp made has a life span associated with it, this is designed by the manufactures. When a light gets to the end of this cycle the lamp could take longer to start or become a different color or even start to flicker. Sometimes you are even replacing the same tube over a monthly period.
Almost every office lamp needs a ballast for the light to function. But how often is the ballast changed, probably never, many people reading this will have no idea what a ballast is. Let me explain. When you flick the light switch, the electricity flows to the ballast and this takes the electricity and reduces it to the correct current that the lamps needs to operate. The ballast them provides a constant stable current to allow the lamp to display the correct color at all times through its life.
Ballasts have a shelf life and when this starts to get old, it can become unreliable. When this happens the life of the lamp is shortened dramatically. This results in the lamp being changed in the same fitting all the time.
When changing a metal halide lamp it is better to change the ballast at the same time. By doing this you will notice that lamps will start lasting a lot longer and over time you will start to see a big dip in your maintenance budget. The other thing to bear in mind about this is electric power surges, they to can damage lamps and ballasts.