Silver Spring, Md.-based National Lighting Bureau (NLB) has launched its 35th annual High-Benefit Lighting Awards Program, which is open to owners, architects, engineers, interior designers, facility and property managers, contractors, manufacturers’ reps, utility employees, and anyone else associated with a new or upgraded illumination system that provides at least some of the many benefits of what the NLB calls High-Benefit Lighting.
The NLB coined the term High-Benefit Lighting® to denote “function-focused” electric illumination systems that are designed to fulfill the specific purposes for which they will be used, especially to maximize bottom-line returns for those who own, manage, and/or rely on the lighting. For example, High-Benefit Lighting installed in workspaces can help people work faster because the electric illumination is designed for the specific space, tasks, and people involved. Just a 1% productivity improvement can save an employer $300 annually for each worker paid $30,000 per year. The cost of the electricity that the employer buys to provide electric illumination to such an employee? Probably less than $50 each year.
When installed outdoors, High-Benefit Lighting can help prevent accidents of all types from vehicle-vehicle to slip-and-trip, thus preventing the losses associated with filing insurance claims, absenteeism, administrative paperwork, accident clean-up, negative publicity, and litigation. Fewer accidents can also result in lower insurance premiums. In retail applications, better lighting is more attractive to customers and can even stimulate purchasing.
According to NLB Chair Howard P. Lewis (Viscor Group of Companies), the High-Benefit Lighting Awards Program is easy to enter. “We want to encourage anyone associated with a lighting-system upgrade or installation to submit an application that could lead to our development of a case history chronicling how High-Benefit Lighting contributed to the bottom line,” Lewis explains. “While a system must be energy-efficient to be considered High-Benefit Lighting, the dollar value of productivity improvements, safety and security enhancements, increased retail sales, and so on typically is far greater than the value of energy savings alone. The dollars saved even by operating and maintenance cost savings of 70% can be dwarfed by the value derived from a productivity increase of just one or two percent.”
For consideration in the 2014 High-Benefit Lighting Awards Program, an entry must be received by the NLB no later than October 31. An entry should document how the modification of an existing lighting system or the installation of a new one improved productivity, increased retail sales, or achieved any of the many other bottom-line benefits.
Everyone who enters the High-Benefit Lighting Awards Program receives a hand-inscribed certificate of participation. If the NLB staff develops an entry into a case history, the person submitting the information will serve as the bylined author of an article published in a prominent trade or professional journal.