I am considering upgrading the lighting fixtures. How much will a lighting upgrade increase office rent in SF?

I am looking at Lensed / Uplight dimmable T-5 fixtures to replace existing louvered T-8 fixtures on standard (non-dimmable) rapid start ballasts. The existing lights had glare on the desks and the space felt dark. Both issues should be fixed by the upgrade.
Here is a possible fixture:
http://www.cooperindustries.com/content/dam/public/lighting/products/documents/corelite/spec_sheets/J2_Suspended.pdf
Thanks!
Ty
www.bayefficiency.com
In Leasing Property - Asked by Ty C. - Apr 30, 2013
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Mari R.
Listing Administrator
Naperville, IL

The price difference between T8 and T5 is about 3 times as much and Tenants do not understand unless they have a good broker who does a great job of educating their clients and make sure they understand the difference. We usually do this as an upgrade per Tenant's request and charge them just a bit and amortize over the lease. 8 out of 10 Tenants don't want it and don't care and is not on top of their list. Hope this helps.

May 1, 2013
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Arthur S.
Broker/Agent
Abita Springs, LA

I really don't think you are going to be able to justify the expense on energy savings alone. I have found that tenants DO get excited if LED ($$$$) fixtures are utilized however. If glare is the problem then gaining energy savings AND esthetics using LED's might be a worthwhile look. Long term maintenance factors are a significant factor as I'm sure you are aware.
(Your link to the fixture was cut off a bit.) Good luck! Let us know what you decide and the results..

May 2, 2013
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