Paving the way for your business is more than just literal. Sure, new paving outside with improved design can certainly take your company’s first impression to the next level, but if no one can see it comes winter when the sun decides to call it a day around 15:30 then what is the point?
Not only will visiting clients not see it or appreciate t, but finding their way to the premises in the early winter evenings can be tricky, and daunting. A woman walking up to a building alone when the lighting in the area is far from appropriate can make her feel uneasy and they will more than likely not opt for meetings at your building or even worse not consider you as a potential employer.
You need to think ahead, think of all varieties of gender demographics, ages, and abilities, and facilitate your companies’ premises accordingly. But this can be expensive, not only the installation with new fittings and bulbs throughout, but the maintenance and upkeep to change lights, check flints and wired connections, but safety.
These points alone can make it seem too much of an ask, but do you want to trust your business brand reputation on generic street lights hoping they don’t let you down?
This is a big ask and in more cases than not they do fail, the maintenance team to come out to fix them takes its time no doubt, and then because it is late they do half the effort of checks and work and the vicious cycle starts all over again.
There are options
What you want to take your firm to stages beyond the competition is commercial solar lighting, it is taking the world by storm and you certainly don’t want to be left behind when it comes to installing and purchasing.
So what does this mean, how does it affect your finances (because we all know this question is at the top of every entrepreneur and CEOs criteria list), and is it that much better than what you have at the moment? Let’s break these points down and see what you could be enjoying with a new installation and setup of solar lighting around the building and premises, not to mention your staff car parking.
We are all vaguely familiar with the term solar and understand that to use it we need the sun, and for this you would be correct, but it also means that the energy harnessed through its solar rays is stored in the cells of the solar panels and harvested into electric energy and lighting. This shows us that a resource considered unlimited can be used to our advantage and is paving the way for the future of lightning.
As the cells charge they store the energy and as the sun sets they illuminate giving you light from day to night and rather than having to rely on the electrical companies who we know tend to work on their own time irrespective of whether you pay your bills or not, unfortunately.
They discharge slowly like with all charged items (watch a short and interesting video on it here for a good explanation about how things work), but as soon as light shines again and the sun wakes rises they begin their recharge process all over again, a never-ending cycle saving you money.
What are the costs?
Like with all new things we want to know, besides the fact that we have now been somewhat convinced that this is the method or product for us, how much will we be out of pocket? Are we going to have to remortgage our house to pay for it, are we going to be tied to a loan for the next 40 years, or are we overreacting?
Sure, the initial cost will be a lump sum unlike with traditional lighting systems, but for the most part that’s where it ends. No wiring or pipework needs to be installed (added costs), no maintenance routine to schedule every 3 months to replace damaged or fused light bulbs, and the best part is that there is no electricity bill coming in each month and causing us unwanted stress and anxiety. We have done the work and now it is time to enjoy the rewards.
You can install a multitude of varieties suited to all spaces and areas of your building. The staff car park area out back which has one sad street light offering a subtle glow in summer but which might as well be off during winter can now be proudly replaced or at least outshone by your new and improved solar lighting. Your employees can now feel safer walking to their vehicles after work, click here for tips on the topic, or out of office hours.
Leaving the front door of the premises is another area we assume will be lit by a government-installed road light but they are never efficient enough, nor do they light all the way. You could look at low-standing path lights, which have a subtle solar panel to the side of them and which can essentially light the way from the office front door to the roadside where your driver is waiting. They blend well with the environment and foliage and aren’t an eyesore during the day while they are charging.
The plus side and conclusion
The upkeep and maintenance aspect is essentially non-existent, other than a once a year check and perhaps a brush over to rid the panels of any fallen leaves or debris throughout the year, you can set it up and the rest takes care of itself.
One feature which has been the deciding factor for many people changing over is that it is an environmentally-friendly alternative to the generic light options being manufactured and mass-produced. It uses a natural source of energy rather than factory-reliant versions which have a negative carbon footprint and impact on the air we breathe.
If you’re looking for a money-saving, eco-positive option to light the way for your business and brand then solar is the way of the future.