We had the old bakelite electricity meters which required manual readings and were in poor condition, so we upgraded to be more compliant for our insurance policy. At the same time we upgraded our common area lighting to high efficiency LED lights with lighting controls. The cost was significant, so we took out a loan for this work and paid the loan back in four years.
We also put sun sensors on our outdoor common area lighting, rather than timer controls which would need to be manually updated for daylight savings etc. The other half of the common area lighting is controlled by motion sensors. We’ve taken on feedback from the residents and made adjustments to areas that were too bright/dark. Through open communication we’ve worked out a great lighting system, that works for everyone and doesn’t waste energy.
I asked the electrician to install top-of-the range equipment and we’ve been very happy with the HPM brand. The return on investment for the lighting was 3-4 years, and these lights are guaranteed for 20 years. We saw it as a long-term investment for the safety and security of our residents.