Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2015 Lighting and Lighting Controls Study
Seven points that affect lighting designers
Respondents to the Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2015 Lighting and Lighting Controls Study identified seven high-level findings:
- Lighting technologies: Eight in 10 respondents currently specify LEDs, lighting controls, and any size T5, T8, or T12 fixture. The average respondent is responsible for specifying four types of lighting technologies.
- Writing specifications: Sixty-two percent of engineering firms are always or frequently writing performance or open (proprietary) lighting specifications; only 29% write closed (proprietary) lighting specifications.
- Current challenges: Three-quarters of respondents indicated that having an inadequate budget is the most difficult challenge when trying to create a quality design. Other top difficulties included lighting controls sequence design, interoperability and complementing systems, and sustainable design.
- Payback periods: According to respondents, the average payback period for most lighting technologies (ceramic metal halide, CFLs, halogen, etc.) is 22 months.
- Total annual revenue: The average annual mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection revenue earned by respondents’ firms was $7.8 million, 10% of which was generated through lighting and lighting control products specified for new and existing buildings.
- Future challenges: When asked about the future of lighting design, 21% of respondents mentioned challenges in complying with new and changing codes, standards, and regulations; 18% talked about energy conservation or efficiency design—compared to 31% in 2014; and another 15% referred to project costs and budget restrictions.
- Design factors: Ninety-nine percent of engineers ranked product quality and energy efficiency at the top of their list when selecting one lighting product over another. Nine out of 10 engineers also said manufacturer’s reputation, initial product cost, and technical advantage of a product.