A good place to start investigating for energy savings is in your plant’s lighting system. In the industrial sector, lighting accounts for less than 5% of the overall energy footprint, but in some sectors it can be higher. Also, the costs of implementation have come down significantly, which has yielded quicker paybacks that make lighting upgrades more viable and compelling. The lighting landscape continues to change from year to year at a pace that strongly suggests a review of a facilities’ lighting should be considered every 5 years. New advancements in lighting technology and controls have opened up opportunities for better quality lighting with lower energy consumption while offering flexibility to use light levels as needed. Utility companies across the United States have continued to encourage lighting upgrades and many offer financial incentives. 

Key Steps to Consider

  1. Conduct a lighting audit – every 5 years
  2. Consider redesign rather than "remove and replace" option
  3. Consider lighting controls for improved efficiency
  4. Check with local utilities for rebates and incentives

Explore additional resources specific to Better Plants partners and connect with the lighting-subject matter expert below.


Learn about innovative, replicable lighting-solutions and best practices implemented by Better Plants partners.

Industrial Energy Technology/Emerging Technologies in Manufacturing

“Industrial Energy Technology/Emerging Technologies in Manufacturing” was presented by George Andraos from Ford Motor Company and Michael Schratz from Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America at the 2017 Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit session, “Eureka! Industrial Energy Technology Innovation/Emerging Technologies in Manufacturing.” 

Reduce Energy Use in Leased Spaces

"Reduce Energy Use in Leased Spaces" was presented by Mani Balakrishnan from Lennox International at the 2015 World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC) session, "New Markets and Ways of Finding and Measuring Energy Savings."


Learn about innovative, replicable lighting-solutions and best practices implemented by Better Plants partners.

J.R. Simplot: New Potato Processing Plant

J.R. Simplot’s showcase project is a new, 420,000 square foot, state-of-the-art potato processing plant that will integrate innovative energy-efficient technologies to achieve dramatic energy efficiency improvements of up to 25% while producing hundreds of millions of pounds of frozen potato products per year. The new plant includes solar-powered LED exterior lighting.

Legrand: North America Headquarters

Legrand showcased its commitment to energy efficiency by achieving an 11% energy intensity reduction in three years at its 100-year old West Hartford, Connecticut, headquarters facility through improvements such as installing inductive lighting and replacing existing 32-watt bulbs with high-efficiency 25-watt bulbs in its office areas.

Lennox International: LED Project at New Regional Distribution Leased Location

As part of Lennox’s strategy for meeting the company’s energy and environment goals under its Sustainability 2.0 corporate initiative, Lennox evaluated it's leased and owned distribution warehouses to identify opportunities to use high-efficiency Light-Emitting Diode (LED) lighting.

Steelcase: Custom Lighting Commission Yields Serious Energy Savings, While Preserving Production Standards

In an effort to reduce a plant's energy consumption, Steelcase chose to replace the existing plant lighting with uniform High-Bay LED fixtures. Steelcase initiated the work in 2016, replacing over 1,100 metal halide fixtures and over 200 T-8 fixtures with LED fixtures.

United Technologies Corporation: United Technologies Research Center

In the summer of 2015, United Technologies Corporation began expanding and renovating its United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) facility in East Hartford, Connecticut. This UTRC project incorporates sustainable design features such as daylight harvesting with solar tubes and LED lighting controls.

Subject Matter Expert - Tim Kolp

Tim Kolp has over 25 years in the manufacturing sector and has owned his own businesses for the past 12 years. His background includes: maintenance engineering, process engineering, project management, quality engineering, business unit management, plant management, industrial sales, and VP of Technology. He brings a diverse background in both traditional large corporations, high tech industries, as well as, start-up companies. Mr. Kolp works as a Better Plants Technical Account Manager under a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) contract and runs an awning company. He has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Connecticut and an MBA. Mr. Kolp is also an adjunct professor at Union University teaching measurement methods for manufacturing and is the author of "A+ Secrets to a Smarter You."

You can reach Tim with lighting-related questions at