LabSYNC Points E-L1 through E-L4

Problem: Laboratory lighting can be a major source of energy usage if proper habits are not maintained.

Solution: Here are a few simple steps you can take to reduce your lighting and energy usage:

Turn off your lights in periods of non-use even if leaving the room for only five minutes. Earlier generation lights required more energy to turn off for five minutes than to leave on. Newer lights have the capacity to be switched on and off as frequently as necessary.

If possible, remove unnecessary fluorescent tubes in your laboratory. Your lab may be just as efficient with less tubes. Examine your laboratory space to determine if this is an option for you.


Benefits: Lighting makes up 10-20% of laboratory energy. Reducing lighting where you can saves costs in energy. For example, removing just one bulb can save up to $20 a year!

Costs: There are no significant costs to lab occupants other than taking the time to establish reduced lighting initiatives.