For companies looking to make the (smart) investment in new outdoor LED lighting, imagine the time you could save by posting your exterior lighting project on YouTube so lighting contractors can bid on your installation without the need for a site visit.
Also, if you or your lighting contractor is applying for a utility incentive/rebate, a video audit may be enough to verify your fixture types and quantities for your project pre-approval – without the need for an on-site inspection.
As an LED lighting service provider, I find the time-saving benefits of hiring a licensed drone operator to perform a detailed exterior lighting audit can far outweigh the cost. This is especially true when I need to provide my electrical team with specific details such as the building height, work environment, and fixture details.
The ability to have a detailed lighting audit available online becomes even more beneficial when the facility is in a remote area where site visits require significant travel time.
By providing my installers and inspectors with the visual clarity of a video lighting audit, I can get the answers I need in in a fraction of the time – and hassle!
Where I’ve Used Drone Audits
Building exterior lighting
I’ve also used drones to record hard to see fixture details of parking lot lights that are next to impossible to capture from the ground. Drones proximity to light fixtures makes it easy to capture details such as mounting bracket types, as well as identifying any service issues that may need to be rectified during an LED lighting conversion.
3 Ways Drone Audits Save Time & Money
- Eliminate wasted time scheduling electrical contractors site visits,
- Often, no need to schedule utility inspectors for pre-approval site visits,
- Avoiding costly mistakes by verifying fixture details, fixture counts, and installation requirements – no more surprises!
What should expect to pay for a drone audit?
The licensed drone company I use charges $200.00 per hour. This fee typically covers the time it takes to capture a medium size building on video such as the one featured in this post.
What you need to know
Regulations for operating drones/unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) have become a hot topic recently as a result of their increasing popularity. New, and proposed regulations and restrictions are being introduced to help ensure drones are operated safety.
If you use a reputable, licensed, and insured drone pilot, they are aware of the current regulations and will ensure you are protected.
Whether your lighting project includes exterior or interior lighting, the first step always includes a professional lighting audit. A highly skilled lighting auditor not only records your fixture types/quantities, but most importantly audits your overall lighting environment to select the best LED retrofit solutions that generate your optimum cost savings and dependable LED fixtures from proven manufacturers.
For a complementary assessment of your lighting, give us a call today!
Greg Jones 416-708-8358