How a Proactive Approach Can Alleviate Common Commercial Lighting Maintenance Headaches

Sometimes the best defense is a good offense. This saying applies to lighting maintenance. Instead of waiting until something breaks, which requires lighting repairs, you can take a proactive maintenance approach to nip smaller issues in the bud.

For something as important as commercial lighting, most building managers probably don’t think about it very much. This is understandable, but it’s not the best strategy if your goal is to keep everything running smoothly for as long as you can. Being proactive with your light maintenance can be the difference between needing substantial lighting repairs and not needing them at all.

Here’s why it’s better to be proactive when it comes to commercial lighting maintenance.


It’s recommended that you have your building’s commercial lighting inspected at least once per year. Doing so can prevent your building from having dark spots in and around the property. If your building has exterior lights out, security cameras won’t be able to monitor who comes and goes with any accuracy and your business’s security could become vulnerable.


Your commercial building is likely outfitted with special emergency lighting like exit signs. By law, these must be inspected monthly by the building manager and tested once per year by an outside party.

Performing proactive maintenance on your building’s regular and emergency lighting can avoid the calamity of having certain lights out in certain areas of the property. In the winter, ice can form and it can get dark early, so people who can’t see when they’re walking to their cars might slip and fall.

For the safety of your employees and the liability of your company, try taking a proactive approach with your lighting maintenance.

Protect your investment

Many businesses are making the switch to LED lights. These lights are better for the environment and more efficient than traditional lighting. If you’ve recently made the switch, conducting preventative maintenance can help keep your LED lights lasting longer and ensure that you get the most return on your investment.

Catch other electrical issues

Your building’s commercial lighting is part of a larger electrical system. If you hire professionals to conduct annual or biannual inspections and tests to your lighting system, they may catch other problems with your electricity that you wouldn’t have known about if you hadn’t scheduled preventative maintenance.

This could be immensely valuable because you could catch smaller electrical complications before they have the chance to become bigger issues, saving you time and money.

Staying compliant

If you hire an electrical contractor to perform proactive maintenance, you might not only avoid lighting repairs, but you may also stay on the right side of the law as well. If your building is older, its lighting might not be up to code.

If you never have its lighting thoroughly inspected and tested, you might be none the wiser, but a professional electrician should be familiar with the lighting laws in your area and can help you stay compliant with the law and avoid any costly fines that you otherwise may incur.

Call for your inspection today

It’s better to call an electrical contractor to conduct proactive maintenance, so you don’t need lighting repairs later down the line. If you want to get out in front of any lighting issues, call us at Walsh Electric, where we offer a wide variety of commercial lighting services, including 24/7 emergency service.