Lighting and Your Bottom Line

It’s critical that hotel owners understand how lighting can have a direct effect on their guests’ satisfaction as well as their own profitability, overhead, energy and disposal/recycling costs.

Hotels are 24/7 operations so even minor increases in operating efficiencies will result in significant savings. Installing or upgrading to more energy efficient, longer life lighting systems will result in reduced energy consumption and fewer lamp replacements. Longer replacement intervals mean less interruption of hotel operations and lower maintenance costs.

Hotel owners concerned about the cost of new lighting systems need to look beyond the initial capital investment and consider the long-term benefits and ROI. Capital investments in lighting systems are small in comparison with RevPAR. Good lighting directly affects guest satisfaction and the contribution they make to your hotel’s annual revenue.

Total Cost of Lighting Ownership
The Total Cost of Lighting Ownership (TCOO) of your hotel lighting systems is derived from: 

Material Costs
The initial price of the lighting system and components. Remember that material costs are small compared to the energy needed to operate the system.

Energy Costs
The total per annum hours the system operates, multiplied by local kWh electric rate
When choosing lamps, consider efficiency (lumens per watt), life, 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 longer 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.