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Upgrading Commercial Lighting Without Downgrading Productivity

The lights are dim, they’re flickering, and they’re expensive. Customers and employees complain about the light quality. Your energy bills are piling up. Or maybe the lights just aren’t working the way you want them to.

In other words, it’s time for a lighting overhaul at your business.

But how do you pull that off while still actually running your business? Work crews running around the store, or the warehouse, or the plant aren’t helping you sell more, or service more, or do more. In fact, they’re getting in the way.

Does it feel like your business environment is simply too complicated for a lighting project or retrofit?

At FSG, we encounter this problem all the time. From busy retail stores to chaotic warehouse floors, we’ve seen it all. We understand the need you have for better lighting, but we also understand your need to keep business rolling along. Shutting down for a few days or weeks simply isn’t a realistic option.

That’s why FSG approaches every lighting project the right way: your way. What makes the most sense for your business? What methods can we use to get the project done while minimizing the interruption you experience? How quickly do you need the project completed, and how can we configure the schedule in order to get that done?

That last item is the key: customizing the schedule so it makes the most sense for you. Not only does the project need to be completed on your timetable, it needs to be done in the most seamless way possible–hopefully invisibly. If your employees and customers can enter a better lit environment without ever realizing an installation was under way, we’ve done our job correctly.

We take scheduling customization seriously. Take our recent work with Holt Cat, a Caterpillar dealer and servicer in Texas.

Holt Cat LED Lighting Case Study

Holt Cat’s campuses are huge, with multiple buildings and hundreds of total fixtures. The work environment is as hectic and fast-paced as the campus is big. Heavy machinery is constantly on the move from one area to another, and technicians swarm throughout the area, fixing, upgrading, and servicing these massive machines.

Our project management knew that calling this operation to a halt was simply out of the question. Nor would it be possible to shut down one building at a time while FSG crews worked inside. Each building was part of a larger system for Holt Cat, and so closing one would mean causing the entire system to come to a stop. Instead, we had to get creative.

“I love doing the projects that have logistical challenges,” said Scott Dorsa, Project Manager for FSG. “From the design team to the sales team to the project management team, along with the customer, everyone has to come together and figure out solutions to the different obstacles you come across.”

Scott, a veteran of several companies in the lighting industry, went on, “It’s surprising to say, but a lot of companies are not as flexible as FSG when it comes to customizing a work plan to accommodate the customer. On this project, we mainly worked after hours.” By scheduling the installation for outside business hours–including nights and weekends–Scott and the FSG team pulled off an industrial lighting retrofit across Holt’s entire Irving, Texas, campus in less than one month.

Good lighting is an important part of your business. Getting that good lighting installed without bringing the whole show to a stop is the only way to do it properly. That’s the only way FSG knows how to do it.

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