Upgraded commercial and industrial lighting can quickly pay for itself through reduced energy costs and lower demand charges, according to the National Lighting Bureau.

To help business owners select appropriate upgraded lighting, the bureau’s bookshop is making available, free of charge, the Lighting-Upgrade Checklist for Commercial & Industrial Buildings developed by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association’s (NEMA’s) “enlighten America” campaign. Checklist items for all buildings begin with identifying the proper light levels for the tasks, spaces, and people involved. Too little light can compromise visibility and, with it, productivity. Too much light and the result is waste, says the bureau.

For more information, visit the bureau’s website at www.nlb.org or contact bureau staff at info@nlb.org.