Lighting in government/military facilities

The Consulting-Specifying Engineer2017 Lighting and Lighting Controls Study indicated that 45% of engineers specify, design, or make product selections for government buildings and/or military facilities


The Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2017 Lighting and Lighting Controls Study indicated that 45% of engineers specify, design, or make product selections for government buildings and/or military facilities—and eight in 10 of these engineers are responsible for determining the requirements/writing specifications for these projects. Below are five lighting engineering and design findings as they relate to government/military facility projects:

  1. Revenue: The average firm earns $790,000 annually from lighting and lighting control products specified into new and existing government/military facilities, with 42% bringing in more than $1 million each year from these projects.

  2. Systems specified: The top three lights or lighting control products being specified into government/military facilities are LEDs (94%); lighting controls and/or addressable systems (78%); and any size T5, T8, or T12 (55%).

  3. Specifications: Engineers are most frequently issuing prescriptive lighting system specifications (77%) for government/military facility projects, followed by performance specifications (65%).

  4. Outlook: Eighteen percent of engineers are concerned about frequent 

    Figure 2: When working on lighting engineering and design for government/military facilities, engineers are having the most difficulty with insufficient budgets for high-quality designs (71%) and meeting a client’s expected delivery date (54%). Source: Consulting-Specifying Engineerchanges to codes and standards; the usage of controls, building automation, and addressable systems; and keeping up with new/changing technology for lighting design in regards to future government/military facility projects.

  5. Comparing products: Overall quality is most important when selecting a lighting product for a government/military facility; engineers are also looking at product energy efficiency, their previous experience with manufacturers, and superior service support.

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