check the information icons
If you are not a lighting pro, don’t fret, we will guide you along the way! Throughout the Lighting Intake Platform there is detailed information available for each field; just hover your pointer over the information icon.
If you are unsure about your bulb shape, or any other details of the assessment, many of the drop downs have a ‘not sure’ option you can choose. Also, there is an Area Feedback section where you can send us a note or photos, and upon submitting your Lighting Intake Details we will review, fill in the blanks for you, or get in touch to discuss.
You are free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 415-481-3674 with any questions.
area by area, bulb type by bulb type
The Lighting Intake Platform allows you to enter your lighting details Area by Area (up to 100 areas, then you need to submit and continue with a new project if you have more than 100 areas). When you enter details for an ‘Area’ you reference a particular location with a particular type of bulb. If your facility is one big room with just one type of bulb, your lighting intake will consist just of ‘Area 1’ with the details of those bulbs.
If you have a sales floor with 3 different types of bulbs, you will count each bulb type separately and enter as Area 1, Area 2, and Area 3 (for each area you would write ‘main sales floor’ in the location description box).
combine for efficiency
Let’s say your apartment building has (3) light bulbs in each elevator lobby of 9 floors. Instead of entering 9 individual Areas in the Lighting Intake Platform, you can enter one Area with the location description of ‘all elevator lobbies: floors 1 – 9’ and include all (27) bulbs in the quantity field.
Let’s say that your office space has track lighting and you have 4 different kind of existing bulbs on the track. You are excited to install LED BR30s throughout the office. Instead of entering each of the different types of existing bulbs as their own Area, sum the total quantity of all the bulbs and choose one ‘existing bulb shape’ (say BR30s for example). Keep in mind though that energy savings and payback period is based partly on existing wattage. So, if you want to be precise with your payback estimate you would want to enter each bulb type as its own Area, or you can enter as one Area and enter an average wattage in the existing bulbs wattage field.
try it with pen and paper
Sometimes it’s easier to take the Lighting Intake details with pen (or better yet, pencil) and paper and then enter the data into the Lighting Intake Platform online. You can click here to download and print a paper guide. Alternatively you can use your phone, tablet, or laptop to enter the details directly into the website as you walk through your facility. Remember, when working online you can always save your project and re-access it later.
The scope is up to you — enter one, or all areas of your lighting. Consider that every bulb in your facility is an opportunity to save money, reduce maintenance headaches, and improve your lighting.
check your stock
Identifying your existing bulbs can be a lot easier when you have one in hand, rather than staring up at the ceiling or pulling out the ladder. Do you have old burned out bulbs or new stock somewhere to help identify your existing bulbs?
check the watts
For an accurate payback analysis it is important to have accurate wattages of your existing bulbs. Many bulb types will imprint the wattage on the metal base of the bulb and some (like the PARs) will print it on the side of the bulb. For the A-shape (standard) bulbs they generally print the wattage on top of the glass. If you are looking up into a fixture to read the wattage off the bulb, we recommend wearing sunglasses — they will protect your eyes and make the wattage easier to read.
The old adage ‘Measure twice and cut once’ applies well here. Count the bulbs in each of your areas twice — if the count matches, use that quantity. If you come up with different quantities, count again until the quantity is confirmed.