OSRAM SYLVANIA Announces Results of Major Commercial Lighting Survey

September 22, 2010 by Jeff Shepard

The first ever OSRAM SYLVANIA Commercial Lighting Survey revealed the priorities and experiences of over 350 facilities decision-makers and lighting designers across the education, healthcare, hospitality, office and retail sectors. The survey sheds light on the current and emerging needs of building professionals and defines how highly efficient LEDs are shaping the future of commercial spaces. Among its key findings, realizing the energy efficiency, low maintenance and reduced operating costs of LED and solid state lighting, 73% of building and lighting professionals indicated they are currently using or planning to use LEDs in their commercial spaces. Furthermore, an overwhelming 84% of respondents revealed that energy efficiency, operating costs and maintenance are top considerations when making lighting decisions.

OSRAM states that the results signal that lighting has become a top priority for businesses. Nearly three quarters (71%) of facilities and lighting professionals have evaluated their commercial lighting in the past year. Most respondents believe it is more important to have lighting that saves money over its lifetime, despite the initial cost.

"Our inaugural Commercial Lighting Survey reveals a technological transformation happening in the commercial sector," said Rick Leaman, President and CEO of OSRAM SYLVANIA. "Businesses clearly recognize the energy and performance benefits of LED and solid state lighting. They are becoming early adopters of this technology to improve their commercial spaces and reap the financial benefits of energy efficiency."

Commercial spaces represent more than half of all the energy consumed in the U.S., according to the Department of Energy. The industries surveyed in this research have the greatest opportunity to reduce the nation’s energy use with such technologies as super efficient LEDs and solid state lighting. Moreover, the research findings help bridge industry perspectives to those of consumers polled in the annual SYLVANIA Socket Survey, which measures consumer awareness and attitudes about lighting technology and legislation.