Lighting and Your Bottom Line

New or upgraded lighting is a key component in the well being of your staff, your patients and your budget.

Healthcare providers and managers benefit when efficiently run facilities deliver high-quality care to patients with reduced administrative effort and lower overall operating costs.

Patients benefit from improved clinical outcomes and a better overall experience.

In striving for operational excellence, hospitals themselves discover favorable competitive positioning and long-term financial sustainability.

While the primary goal of any hospital is quality of patient care, it is still a business - it must generate a profit for its owners and achieve its financial goals as well. According to the GHX, (Global Healthcare Exchange) one of the biggest challenges facing healthcare providers today is how to deliver better patient care, while increasing efficiency and reducing operating expenses. Lighting can be a key player in enhancing the quality of patient care and helping protect the bottom line.

Hospitals account for more than 30 percent of all healthcare expenditures globally. Because hospitals are 24/7 operations, even small steps like standardizing lamp types and luminaires throughout the facility translates into energy savings, extended maintenance intervals and reduced labor costs. The savings realized by these operational changes will help pay for the new lighting systems in the years ahead.

Total Cost of Lighting Ownership
The Total Cost of Lighting Ownership (TCOO) of your facility lighting system is derived from:

Material Costs

The initial purchase price of the lighting system and components. (Remember that material costs are small compared to the cost of energy to operate the system)
When choosing lamps, consider factors such as: life, color consistency, lumen maintenance, ballast/system efficiency, lighting control options. (occupancy sensors, dimming, daylight sensing, load shedding, etc.)

Energy Costs

The total per annum hours the system operates, multiplied by the local kWh electric rate.
When choosing lamps and ballasts, consider efficiency (lumens per watt), life, and lighting control options. Inquire about energy incentives from the local utility and government agencies.


The ongoing cost of maintaining the system: labor, re-lamping, etc.
Consider longer life products (e.g. extended life T5 and T8 fluorescent, ceramic metal halide, LEDs) with superior color stability and lumen maintenance to reduce labor/replacement costs and extend maintenance intervals.


The cost of removal and disposal of lamps, ballasts luminaires and components at end-of-life in an environmentally responsible manner. Consider longer life products.